Bent Mountain Christian Academy is fully accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance (NPSAA).
Bent Mountain Christian Academy is an affiliate of Renewanation. Renewanation has been most beneficial to our academy from the early planning stages. They have provided encouragement, motivation, networking for events, advice, mentoring, contacts, and grants! BMCA received a most generous grant from Renewanation in November 2010 for start-up costs!
Bent Mountain Christian Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.
Community members began talking about a new school in February 2010. Seeking God’s will, and networking through other Christian friends, (Andy Williams and Al Bedrosian), the Lord sent Renewanation to be a great encouragement in establishing this Christian academy. Bent Mountain Christian Academy was opened with all-volunteer dedicated Christian teachers in August 2010 with kindergarten through eighth grades.Recent Progress
With the two years successfully completed, Bent Mountain Christian Academy has expanded from kindergarten through tenth grade levels for this year (2012-2013). New classes and electives are being added for the students, including an organized physical education program for all grade levels, and health, and etiquette courses for our students.
About our academy
BMCA is located in a rural and agricultural community on a Blue Ridge Mountain plateau, two thousand feet above the Roanoke Valley. This environment lends itself to a network of opportunities for local field trips and hands-on science.
The basics and foundational skills are emphasized in all grades in math, phonics, spelling, handwriting, and reading. Children are individually tested for placement in reading and math. BMCA is devoted to a Christian worldview in all aspects of the academy, from the combination classroom subjects and settings, the individualized scheduling for remediation or advancement, to the regular outdoor activities and picnic days. Bible, the sciences, history, outdoor-centered physical education, and English are some of the required subjects for all the students.
Once or twice a month field trips are planned for Fridays. Through the field trips, the 2010-11 students visited over thirty destinations in nine Virginia counties to experience culture, geography, agriculture, creation, art, music, government, history, science, drama, team building skills, college campuses, and many vocations. The 2011-12 students traveled to four of the geographic regions of Virginia to experience architecture, historic dining, historic re-enactments, tools and skills, and camping, in addition to many of those listed in the prior sentence.
Electives for all ages are offered on 2-3 times per month. The following are possible electives for the 2012-2013 academic year: architectural drawing, art, carpentry, choir, cooking, driver’s education, etiquette, gardening, instrumental music, easy mechanics, needle crafts, sewing, sign language, tutoring, and woodworking.
Staff and Students
The Bent Mountain Christian Academy’s Christian staff members are dedicated to teaching the students. The student-teacher ratio is 8:1. The student body is made up of students of several racial backgrounds, coming from Christian and non-Christian homes.
The students have involved parents, and many are part of the active Parent-Teacher Fellowship.
The original intent of the group of community members was to continue a community-supported school on Bent Mountain emphasizing a Christian worldview. The Lord expanded our vision, however, bringing students and teachers from four counties and up to 50 miles away to be a part of the rural Bent Mountain Christian Academy.
The school colors are red, white, and navy blue.
The future goals for BMCA are to have their own building, and to expand the grade levels each year through 12th grade, maintaining combination classrooms with low student teacher ratios.
The mission of this academy is to be used by God as a steady instrument to draw the hearts of students and their families, friends, and community members to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the intent of BMCA to train up educated students with a Christian worldview with goals to someday be productive and informed community members and leaders, and to become honorable parents of their own families to undergird a godly society.
The academy provides preparation for college and vocations through academic excellence. All of the educational and recreational programs at BMCA are designed to develop the student’s positive self-concept in all aspects of life: spiritually, intellectually, physically, morally, emotionally, and socially.
Educating Leaders for Life, for Liberty, and for the Lord
Academy Scripture: Psalm 121
Building and Grounds:
Bent Mountain Christian Academy is housed by a lease in Lawrence Memorial United Methodist Church. The remodeled lower level consists of three classrooms and a reception area for use by the academy. Each classroom is carpeted, air-conditioned, and heated with electric heat. The desks are age and size appropriate.
The fellowship hall wing is used by the academy for certain classes and occasions. The church owns two acres, and the students are able to play soccer and basketball on these grounds. The students have two cold frames for growing vegetables and flowers in gardening class in this area, also.
The Academy is situated next door to the Bent Mountain Public Library. The students are able to visit the library during and after school hours.
The Bent Mountain Park is also located next door. The academy uses this Roanoke County facility regularly including its track, basketball court, tennis court, baseball field, wetland board walk and deck, and playground, as well as the pavilion for picnic lunches and cookouts.