The Bible-based curricula taught to its 507 students includes short prayer sessions to start each class in an 88,000-square-foot, two-story school that also features a full gym, prep sports teams, computer lab and school spirit shop.
Officials said they are discussing further possible expansion to accommodate more growth.
School parents, students and graduates credit the school’s emphasis on developing the whole student beyond academics.
“We have a biblical world view and we have a staff that shows the love of Christ to each and every student and that is different from most schools around,” said Williams. “We really make it a point … to be gospel-centered in everything we do.”
Students do not have to be members of the Grace Baptist Church to attend Middletown Christian. Students come from families who attend 95 area churches.
Notable Middletown Christian Schools graduates include Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw, who credits the school with much of his success through its mission of individualized learning via smaller class sizes of the school.
“I really enjoyed the camaraderie and closeness of the students and staff,” he said. “My coaches were huge role models and influences on my life, even today. I still stay in touch with some of them.
He said Middletown Christian is “excellent for those who want something different,” but still want to stay in the city.
Andrea Flannagan, who has two children enrolled, said she sends her children there because the school “lines up with the same beliefs” of her family.
“The academics are very strong here and I feel my kids will be ready for college,” she said. “The teachers are so caring and compassionate … and teaching is a ministry to them. And that helps my children with their world view.”
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