More Than A School

Students at American Christian receive more than an education. They receive insight and experiences that are unique to our program. It is a different environment, one that develops spiritual growth and a closer walk with God. It is a different culture where faculty, staff, and students know and care about each other. It is a different school where learning happens inside and outside of the classroom. An education is important, but our teachers want more than that for your child. They want them to succeed spiritually, academically, socially, and athletically. They want to prepare them for college, but more importantly, for life.

American Christian is more than a school. We are a family, a community, and an environment that fosters a Biblical worldview in our students. We want to partner with you to help prepare them for whatever God’s plan is for their life. Real change in the hearts and minds of our students happens in the classroom. It happens on the football field and on the playground. It happens in a park in Chicago on a windy day. American Christian Academy is more than a school…

We are a family.

 

Some of our students have attended American Christian since they were two years old, and some have been with us only a short time. Each has brought something different to our environment. Their combined experiences and memories make up the heartbeat —the pulse— of our school. It is a pulse that has been passed on from class to class since 1979. Imagine a high-school graduation where a student’s first grade teacher is present because she still teaches at American Christian.

Our faculty and staff know your child’s name. They know their personality, their needs, and their long-term goals. Our teachers know your family. They know older brothers and sisters because they have taught many of them through the years. Our high-school students know the children in elementary school. They high-five them in the hall and read with them during the week. They protect them and care for them like little brothers or sisters —because many of them are.

Our faculty, staff, and students care about each other because they know we rise or fall as one body. Together we celebrate our accomplishments and rally around those going through difficult times. There have been instances where faculty, staff, students, and fans have cheered for the Patriots on the football field, and then gathered at the hospital to pray for an injured player. It is this caring, nurturing environment that makes us a family, and one of the many things that binds us together as a group.

We are a home.

American Christian is a comfortable, safe environment where your child can blossom and explore new and creative areas of life. Each day our teachers meet elementary students at their car door and welcome them inside. Our high-school students gather in the parking lot or the gym to talk about homework or after school activities. When a student arrives at ACA, they feel like they are coming home.

Because we serve preschool, elementary, and high-school students on one campus, parents drop children off at only one location. Young children are comforted to know that older siblings are only a few feet away if needed.
After-school care and activities like athletics, piano and guitar lessons, and karate give children a place to learn and play even after school is over. Students often stay after class to talk with teachers about assignments or to get trusted advice from faculty and friends. American Christian is a home away from home, and students don’t want to leave at the end of the day.

We are a community.

 

We are a close-knit group of people with unique gifts and talents. Together, we want to model our school after the Lord Jesus, who said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you love one another.” We teach our students to serve the Lord by serving others and to treat each other with courtesy and respect.

It starts in our preschool with our young students learning to share, or to take turns on the playground, or to politely raise their hands when they have questions. As they grow older, they become role models for younger students and teammates. They learn to recognize opportunities to help fellow classmates as they raise money for a sick student who is in the hospital or gather to pray for a classmate going through difficult times. They learn to make their family, their school, and their community a better place.

Together our faculty and students embrace opportunities to serve. Our first graders sing to the elderly in local nursing homes. High-school students tutor younger children or throw a baseball with kids who don’t have the privileges they do. They’ve taken Christmas gifts to children in Argentina and collected vitamins for orphans in China. Students have helped those close to home by doing things like improving our neighborhood, and they’ve helped those on the other side of the world with projects like sending care packages to soldiers in Iraq.

A Biblical Worldview

Everyone has a worldview— a way of filtering the events of life through a lens that gives their life meaning. Our character and behavior flows out of that instilled belief. At American Christian Academy, we understand the importance of teaching a Biblical worldview to our students, building into their lives traits like honesty, perseverance, a belief in the sanctity of life, and duty to family.  We do not hesitate to teach moral absolutes as based on the inspired Word of God.  All students are given instruction from the Bible from their first day in preschool until the day they graduate.  They memorize verses, learn lessons from the lives of men and women in the Bible, and begin to understand the truths from Scripture that will guide their lives. In a world where most people define what is right and wrong for them as individuals, we feel it is of the utmost importance to help our students see that there is a standard for decision-making. That standard is absolute— the Word of God.

American Christian Academy integrates Biblical truth into students’ daily life. We give them a Biblical perspective from which to view the world. A daily public-address message unifies students school-wide as we recite the pledge of allegiance, read scripture, and pray for our friends, family, and leaders. Students and teachers are encouraged to share prayer requests with the entire school body so loved ones can be lifted up by our whole family.

Our campus pastor works with an open door and is a trusted adviser and friend to our students. He leads chapels and assemblies and encourages student-led praise and worship. The campus pastor is the visible contact when students have questions and wrestle with issues that life brings them.

Bible classes are conducted daily and taught by teachers who love the Lord. Students work through the word of God and hold discussions with friends and faculty so that they truly hear what God is teaching them. Teachers show students that the Bible is the basis for right and wrong and give students the courage to live out their faith daily.

Age-appropriate chapel programs are held weekly. In elementary, classes take turns organizing songs, skits, or guest speakers. High-school students sing along with a praise and worship band made up of students. We partner with area pastors and youth pastors to give students a wide variety of viewpoints on God’s word. High-school students participate in discipleship groups led by teachers, pastors, youth pastors, and parents. We encourage students to look at every aspect of life, every decision that they make, with the Biblical worldview that they have developed.

Everyone has a worldview; our goal is to develop a foundation rooted in Biblical truth. We want to produce students that boldly use their knowledge, talents, and faith to impact the world for the Lord Jesus— students who think Biblically, live wisely, and serve faithfully.

Mission Statement

American Christian Academy exists in partnership with parents to instill Christian character and academic excellence.

 

PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES

A. Spiritual – To educate students so that they successfully integrate Christian morals and values into their total lives

B. Intellectual –

  • To provide an academic climate conducive to learning
  • To encourage the learning of necessary skills required for meaningful participation in society as an adult.
  • To encourage thoughtful, logical, and analytically sound decisions that have a foundation in Scripture.

C. Social –
To provide children with opportunities for growth in the social skills required to participate as a Christian in today’s society.
To enable students to understand and appreciate the role of government in society

D. Cultural –

  • To promote appreciation for and creativity in the arts, realizing that artistic vision is inspired by God’s truth
  • To encourage students to understand and appreciate cultural patterns different from those of their own mission outlook and to know their own culture thoroughly so that they are protected from the influence of relativism

E. Physical –
To provide opportunities for growth in physical motor skills
To provide opportunity for learning physical skills necessary to participate in lifetime sports activities

History Of

American Christian Academy

American Christian Academy was founded in 1979. Through the years we have tirelessly and sacrificially progressed to become the school we are now. We moved to 701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Northport in 1989 with an enrollment of 110 students. On Dec. 20, 2002 American Christian Academy moved into the former Eastwood Middle School on Veterans Memorial Parkway. It took the investment of the hearts and hands of hundreds of parents, students, and other volunteers to accomplish this grand task.

The impact of a new location for ACA will touch the lives of students for years to come. The enlarged classrooms and extra space changed the atmosphere in the school. We are so thankful for the families who have, over the years, helped to make us who we are. Since being in this location we have added beautiful baseball and softball fields and we were able to install artificial turf to our football field. More recently we have renovated and updated all student bathrooms, retiled the cafeteria and hallways, and paved the parking lots. It is our desire to add a high school classroom building which will house state of the art science labs in the near future.
We have been fully accredited by AdvancEd (formerly SACS/CASI) since 1990. Our most recent review was the 2014-2015 school year. We are a member of the Association of Christian Schools International and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. A milestone was reached in the 2014-2015 year as we passed the 1,000 student body marker.

Please be in prayer with us as we work together to provide an education for hundreds of students God sends us each year. It is our desire that this place, American Christian Academy, be a place that will glorify God.

2016 ACA School Profile Report
Letter From The Headmaster

Dear Parent,

I want to take a moment and thank you for your interest in the education of your child. This is without a doubt one of the most important decisions your family will make. Our job at American Christian Academy is to assist parents with the education of their children. We believe that the primary responsibility rests with the parents and we serve as the junior partner in this endeavor.

We take our responsibility seriously. We want all of our students well prepared for college. We want all of our students even better prepared for life. This entails training in the decision making process. Students will be required to make choices throughout their entire life. And to make the right choices, students must be taught the moral basis of right and wrong. We utilize the Bible as this basis for right and wrong. I have always said that if a student graduates from our school, goes on to Harvard to earn an MBA, gets a high paying job and embezzles from his company then we have not been successful.

Our students do well academically. Their Stanford Achievement Scores are consistently one to three grade levels above the national average. Our scholar bowl teams, math teams, and spelling bee winners do extremely well in competition with much larger schools. Our graduates have been accepted at Georgia Institute of Technology, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, West Point Military Academy, The United States Air Force Academy, Harvard, The Sorbonne in Paris, UAB Dental School, Southern Wesleyan University, University of South Alabama and other fine schools around the country. Over 95% of our graduates go on to college.
As a parent, I am so thankful for the solid academic education my three sons and daughter received at ACA. Two of my sons were accepted at the U.S. Air Force

Academy where the oldest graduated as the number one student militarily. He has completed his Masters in Paris and has gone on to become an F-16 pilot. My second son graduated as the number one student in Industrial Engineering at The University of Alabama. These high honors are directly related to the training they received in our high school. My third son graduated in the top 10% of the Air Force Academy and finished his Master’s in Paris. He is teaching Bible and Economics here at ACA this year. My daughter graduated from the University of Alabama and now works for ACA. ACA did an excellent job of preparing my children for the academic future and more importantly ACA helped shape their spiritual lives in a way that makes parents proud.

We are sending you this invitation to complete an application to join our family. Due to the size of our student body, we have become very selective in the type of students we admit. If your child qualifies for admission, I can assure you that you will be reaping rewards for years to come.

If you are interested in applying, I urge you to start the process now as there are several steps to a student being admitted to American Christian Academy. All necessary forms are available from the Admissions Coordinator, Nancy Hastings, as well as a checklist of additional items needed to process a new student application.

An entrance exam is required for those entering 2–12 grades. Testing will consist of reading and math. Test dates are available by contacting Nancy Hastings. It is your responsibility to call the school and set up a test date for your child.

if I can help in any way or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. My number is (205) 553-5963, ext. 20.

 

Sincerely,
Dr. Dan Carden
Headmaster

Our Family

Some of our students have attended American Christian since they were two years old, and some have been with us only a short time. Each of them have brought something different to our environment. Their combined experiences and memories make up the heartbeat —the pulse— of our school. It is a pulse that has been passed on from class to class since 1979. Imagine a high-school graduation where a student’s first grade teacher is present because she still teaches at American Christian.

Our faculty and staff know your child’s name. They know their personality, their needs, and their long-term goals. Our teachers know your family. They know older brothers and sisters because they have taught many of them through the years. Our high-school students know the children in elementary school. They high-five them in the hall and read with them during the week. They protect them and care for them like little brothers or sisters —because many of them are.
Our faculty, staff, and students care about each other because they know we rise or fall as one body. Together we celebrate our accomplishments and rally around those going through difficult times. There have been instances where faculty, staff, students, and fans have cheered for the Patriots on the football field, and then gathered at the hospital to pray for an injured player. It is this caring, nurturing environment that makes us a family, and one of the many things that binds us together as a group.