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Wildwood Christian Academy Providing Excellence in Education “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he The Need for a Private Christian School is here will not turn from it” • The surrounding counties’ growth rate is one of the highest in the nation. -Proverbs 22:6 • Pickens County is the 24 th fastest growing county in the United States. Dawson County is the fastest growing county in the state. • Wildwood Christian Academy is centrally located to Jasper, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Canton, and Big Canoe. • Families are moving from Atlanta and other urban communities to the Northern counties for a better quality of life and see a need of excellence in education and Christian Principles. • The northern counties surrounding Wildwood Christian Academy, which include the counties of Dawson, Pickens, Cherokee, Forsyth and Lumpkin, have extensive residential planned growth for families with home prices ranging from $350,000 to over $1,000,000. • No private Christian school exists within 40 minutes of the proposed location of Wildwood Christian Academy to offer an alternative to public education or home schooling. 1 Mission Statement W ildwood Christian Academy is a college preparatory Christian school dedicated to providing excellence in education and growth in the Christian faith and its principles through a Christ-centered environment. Philosophy Wildwood Christian Academy believes that a child’s mental, spiritual, intellectual and physical growth are best achieved in a Christian environment. Wildwood Christian Academy adopts the Christian World View and welcomes students from all faiths and denominations. Through the belief and teaching of Christian principles along with a strong educational curriculum the student will be able to acquire the necessary tools and support to meet the challenges of college and life’s experiences. Wildwood Christian Academy further believes that parents of our students must partner their time and be strongly involved in assisting their children in their studies and in their growth in the Christian faith. Students will be educated through a strong core curriculum in math, science, language arts and social studies. Students will be enriched in areas of art, music, drama, foreign language, physical education and computer training. Our students will also be educated through bible courses, chapel attendance and the daily teachings by our Christian teachers and administration. 2 About Wildwood Christian Academy W ildwood Christian Academy will be located in Pickens County on a 14 acre tract of land at the intersection of Cove Road and Steve Tate Highway. The area is rich in tradition and near the North Georgia mountain community of Big Canoe. Wildwood Christian Academy will be centrally located to Jasper, Dawsonville, Canton, Cumming, and Dahlonega. • The school will be a non-profit school of •Tuition to Wildwood Christian Academy will be kept excellence that will focus on a strong core lower than most private schools in Atlanta. Capital needs curriculum and the teaching of Christian will be provided through charitable contributions, long principles through daily Bible classes, weekly term pledges, and financial grants. chapel fellowship, and daily mentoring by our teachers and administrators. •Wildwood Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, •The governance of the school will be through privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or a lay Board of Trustees, which will include made available to students at the school. It does not business, community,religious, and family discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or leaders. ethnic origin in administration or its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and •Wildwood Christian Academy will be open to athletic and other school administered programs. all denominations and faiths who share the vision of the school and its mission and philosophy. Projected Student Enrollment •The families who attend the school will know that their children will have instilled the hope of attending an excellent college of their 2003 Kindergarten-5th Grade 50-100 Students choice. 2004 Kindergarten-6th Grade 100-150 Students •Wildwood Christian Academy, when fully constructed, will be able to educate up to 700 2005 Kindergarten-7th Grade 200 Students students. The initial enrollment is expected between 50 and 100 students. Grades are 2006 Kindergarten-8th Grade 250 Students expected to open at Kindergarten through 5 th Grade. 2007 Kindergarten-8th Grade 300 Students •Students and Families are expected to attend 2008 Kindergarten-8th Grade 350 Students from Pickens County, Dawson County, Forsyth County, Cherokee County, and Lumpkin County. 3 Curriculum and Faculty Curriculum Faculty •Wildwood Christian Academy will provide a •Wildwood Christian Academy believes that in order to strong core curriculum in mathematics, science, follow the vision of the school, our teachers and language arts, and social studies in a structured administrators must use their excellent skills to teach our learning environment. children in a Christian environment. •In addition to the core curriculum, WCA’s •Our faculty will be students will attend Bible courses and weekly carefully interviewed for chapel programs. experience, quality, and desire to teach in a Christ- •A low teacher to student ratio will enable the best centered environment. opportunities for the children’s growth in education. •Classes will provide art, music, Physical •Our teachers will be education, and computer training. expected to continue their own education to promote •Clergy from surrounding communities will be the highest quality in invited to lead regular and special chapel teaching our children. programs. •The Faculty will foster the school’s belief that every child is unique. They will promote within each child a strong desire to learn and prepare for college, and prepare them for life’s challenges through guidance and leadership. •Caring for each child’s spiritual and educational welfare will be foremost and the desire of all faculty, staff, and •Through the use of the internet, special administration at Wildwood Christian Academy. programs of learning will be sought to provide the children the most advanced learning opportunities from all over the world 4 Extra Curricular Activities W ildwood Christian Academy believes that in addition to a strong core curriculum and Christian teachings, a well-rounded student must also participate in activities outside of the school classroom. Home of the Wildwood Wolves •Upon completion of the gymnasium and sporting fields, the school intends to provide intramural sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, track, golf, gymnastics, and wrestling. •The North Georgia Region is rich in talented teachers of music, art, •Athletic events will be coordinated with photography, voice, drama, and dance. These programs will be other private schools and use of sporting offered throughout the year as courses and as extra curricular fields and swimming facilities will be activities. sought through neighboring programs. •Supervised field trips will be planned to introduce the students to the •Parents, teachers, and neighbors will be rich history of the area and state. encouraged to participate in and assist with extra-curricular activities, to share •The Chaplain and visiting clergy will conduct special programs their resources and experience with the including holiday and choral programs. children •Home-schooled children will be invited to participate in science labs, extra-curricular and after school enrichment programs. 5 Wildwood Christian Academy Phased Development W ildwood Christian Academy will be constructed in phases, with the first phase to include classrooms, administrative offices, and a Library/Media/Computer Center. Subsequent phases will include the separate fellowship hall, cafeteria, gymnasium, and sports centers. The school’s design has been purposely created to permit future expansion without interference with existing buildings and activities. W ildwood ChristianHighway. Encompassing 14atacres,intersectionChristian Road and Steve Tate Academy will be located the Wildwood of Cove Academy will be near the center of commerce. The school will be near the Foothills shopping center, adjacent to current and future office developments, and in the immediate area of over 2500 planned family residences. 6 Funding Requirements F unding for Wildwood Christian Academy’s capital needs (buildings), facility needs, operating expenses, and student “…but with God all scholarships will come from private support, endorsements, pledges, tuition, and foundation support. Projected building things are possible” costs will approach 10.0 Million. Financial support will come -Matthew from interested parents, business leaders, friends, Christian leaders, churches, and others who share the vision of 19:26 educating our precious youth with knowledge and Christian principles. C urrently, there is no other established Christian or private secular school within 40 minutes of Wildwood Christian Academy. The need to open Wildwood Christian Academy is important in shaping the future of our children’s minds and futures. Operating Costs (Pre-opening) $700,000 Architect Fees, Grading, Permits, Water, Roads, Etc. $500,000 Classrooms, Administrative Building, Fellowship Hall, Gymnasium, and Sports/Activities Fields $8,500,000 Total Estimated Cost $9,700,000 7 Opportunities to Share the Vision Cornerstone All donors of $250,000 or more are Lifetime Charter Members. Cornerstone donors will be honored at formal ceremonies and be Fellowship Hall $1,000,000 invited to major school events. Cornerstone Members will be invited to Special Founders Day Ceremonies and may participate in naming Gymnasium $1,000,000 certain portions of the school. Chapel $500,000 Fellowship Library $250,000 Fellowship donors provide a minimu m of $100,000 as a sign of Cafeteria $250,000 their faith in sharing the vision of the school. Fellowship donors are Charter Members and may participate in naming certain portions of Scholarship Named Program $250,000 the school. Soccer Field $200,000 Founders Football Field $200,000 Founders give a minimum of $50,000. Founders become Charter Members, have an opportunity to name certain portions of Media Center $100,000 the school, and are named founders of the school. Meditation Park $100,000 Visionaries Classroom $75,000 Lake $50,000 Visionaries give a minimum of $25,000. Visionaries will be honored with a plaque in the school entrance. Music Room $50,000 Art Room $50,000 Guardians Drama Room $50,000 Guardians will give a minimum of $10,000 and will be honored with a plaque in the entrance of the school. Activities Room $50,000 Wildwood Living Room $50,000 Helping Hand Prayer Room $25,000 Helping Hand donors will give a minimu m of $5,000 and will be given special recognition. Kitchen Equipment $20,000 Gardens $10,000 Golden Gift Fountain $10,000 All donors of $50,000 or more will become Charter Members of Benches $5,000 the school and will receive the Wildwood Award. A Plaque w ill be permanently placed on our fellowship hall honoring Charter Classroom Desks (per classroom) $1,000 Membership whose gift is received by September. Charter Members Meditation Walkway Bricks $250 will be included in special events and called upon to honor their gifts from time to time. 8 Open the Door to the Future Governance W ith ofthe recent tragic events “9-11”, we have Board of Trustees “When one door all learned that living everyday is a gift from God Larry Ruff, Chairman of the Board and CEO closes, another opens; with His promise of the gift Pamela B. Ruff, Executive Vice President/Treasurer but we often look so of eternity. Our children Nancy Hammer, Headmaster and Accreditation Coordinator are the future and they are long and so the ones that will lead us Jean Berry, Secretary regretfully upon the forward in this day of Paul Castell, Construction Services uncertainty. Sam Rothermel, Chaplain closed door that we Sean C. Powell, Director of Technology You are invited to share in do not see the one making the future more Jacque Jacobs certain and to participate in Taylor McGown which has been opening the doors of Dianne Rogers opened for us.” creativity, imagination, David Keller talent and success for our -Alexander Graham community and its children. Becky Denney Bell With your commitment and support we will build a center of learning that will “Therefore, as we move our community to a new dimension, create have opportunity, let endless possibilities for our children, and be respected us do good to all by many. people, especially to With your prayers and those who belong to financial support, Wildwood the family of Christian Academy will move from vision to reality. believers” Be generous in your faith and your giving. God bless -Galatians you. 6:10 9
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