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
• The surrounding counties’ growth rate is one of the highest in the nation.
22:6 • Pickens County is the 24th 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 5th
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.
Curriculum and 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.
•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
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.
•Home-schooled children will be invited to participate in science labs,
extra-curricular and after school enrichment programs.
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
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
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
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
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
Opportunities to Share the Vision
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 minimum 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
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 minimum 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 will 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.
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
forward in this day of Paul Castell, Construction Services
regretfully upon the 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
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.
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