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Christian Academy to open for new school year

From Staff Reports

The Georgia Christian Academy will begin its first year of educating local youths in grades kindergarten through 12 on Monday.

Before the school is fully operational, Principal Narvie Skinner will open the academy's doors to the public on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Eldrin Bell and the Chamber of Commerce and anyone interested in the school are invited to the Georgia Christian Academy's open house.

The open house will include a DVD explaining the school's curriculum and a tour of the classrooms, both of which differ greatly from what most parents and students expect from other educational institutions.

The Paces curriculum as used by the Accelerated Christian Education System, will be implemented in the Georgia Christian Academy. "'Paces' is where children work at their own pace," Skinner said. She explained that children will be encouraged to perform and achieve on their own level that will be determined by diagnostic testing at the time of registration.

Once registered and tested, students are expected to focus and ask questions. To help students accomplish these academic goals, the Georgia Christian Academy sets up classrooms like offices in which students are separated by cubical-like divisions to encourage individual learning and deter peer pressure, Skinner said.

In addition to its unique classroom setup the school also offers a driver's education class and an English as a second language class, both of which, Skinner expects will draw interest. "It's a Godly based school," Skinner said of the Academy's most distinctive attraction: Religion.

Skinner hopes to register at least 20 people for the upcoming year, and is preparing for at least 60 people Thursday night.

Those interested in learning more and attending the Thursday night open house, call (770) 961-1950, e-mail registar@gcasite.com , or visit the school located at 1078 Citizens Pkwy, Morrow, Ga. 30260. Also contact the school at any point to begin registering children for the year.