BEVERLY - With nearly 90 students, Tygart Valley Christian Academy is gearing up for its largest enrollment since the school first opened in 1994. But founder Rev. Curlie Ray said the school will be run the same as it has since the beginning - like a family.
"Look around you," Ray said to the more than 200 parents and students gathered at the school for an open house event Friday evening. "I want you to get to know one another."
Ray has been instramental in offering assistance to parents and students from Harman School following the collapse of a portion of the institution's roof in July. Ray has offered students a spot in one of his classrooms until repairs can be made to the school.
Pastor Curlie Ray Jr. addresses more than 200 parents and students Friday at the Tygart Valley Christian Academy during a back-to-school open house. Ray said enrollment this year is about 90 students. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart)
Tygart Valley Christian Academy is a yearly registered exemption K School with the West Virginia Department of Education in Charleston and the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics in Washington, D.C. It is fully accredited yearly by the National Association of Private Schools in Oklahoma City and is a member of the American Association of Christian Schools and the West Virginia Christian Education Association.
Ray said Tygart Valley Christian Academy uses the Accelerated Christian Education Program/Curriculum and the school is a School of Tomorrow, providing a high-tech, individualized learning experience. Students earn 30 credits for graduation and they must achieve an 80 percent grade on each test taken in order to advance to the next level of learning.
The curriculum at TVCA is designed to build character and self-esteem and students must follow the attendance policies from the West Virginia State Department of Education. Lynn Proudfoot, attendance director for Randolph County Schools, reminded parents of the attendance law.
"This school must abide by those attendance laws," Ray said. "We work closely together throughout the year."
Proudfoot said students cannot miss more than five unexcused days.
Ray said the students take a monthly field trip, and the school offers activities such as karate, wrestling and basketball. He said TVCA follows the same schedule as Randolph County for days off and two-hour delays.
The mission of TVCA is biblically based, individualized, self instructional curriculum, involving diagnostic testing, goal-setting and mastery of subject content.
Additional information about TVCA is available by calling 304-636-9780.