The McAndrews Family

How did you first hear about Grace Christian Academy?

I (Karen) grew up in Karns, so I have always known it was there. I had a few friends whose kids went there and spoke highly of GCA!

What was the difference that made you choose GCA for your child(ren)?

Initially, it was logistics that made up first look at GCA. It was close enough to our house, as well as family who could assist with pick-up! We had a few other schools we had planned on checking out, but at our first visit to GCA, we knew it was the place for our kids! We were so impressed with our first tour, we decided not to even look at the others. Everyone we met was so warm and welcoming! It immediately felt like home to us and my daughter as well. We took our first tour right after Christmas break of her 3d grade year, and she could not wait until the next school year so she could start! As parents, we felt this was definitely the place God chose for our kids to be.

What has been your favorite part of your child's experience at GCA?

Our daughter is in 7th grade. She loves that her class size is small, and she knows everyone. All of her teachers have been so caring and take the time to make sure she really succeeds in whatever she tries! She loves playing on the middle school sports teams and having that sense of belonging somewhere. Our son has been there since Kindergarten and has had an excellent experience all around! He would tell you his favorite experience is PE and recess!

What would you share with other parents who are considering Christian education?

I would say that every day at GCA, their children will be nurtured, loved and ministered to. They will feel supported and encouraged in everything they do. That their child isn't just a test score at GCA. All the staff truly cares about each student’s educational as well as spiritual journey.

Did you have any concerns about enrolling your child at GCA?  How did you overcome those?

We did not have any concerns about our children being "sheltered". Allyson has a fall birthday and started Kindergarten in public schools as a 4-year old. Now being a middle schooler, I cannot imagine her being in a large public middle school at 10 to 12 years old or starting her high school career as a 13-year old. At GCA, she IS sheltered from some things, and as parents, we are OK with that! One thing we were pleased with was the size of the school. In our opinion, it was the perfect size. Small enough where they know all the kids in their grade, but not too big where they feel lost in a crowd.