What is ACA? - a 2020 Graduate's Experience at ACA
Aldergrove Christian Academy (ACA) began in 1992 when a group of parents within the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church expressed concerns over the educational options available for their families. It was that grassroots movement that motivated the parents to research the viability of starting a school with a Biblical emphasis. Many volunteer hours were put into the making of ACA and this vision became a reality in the fall of September 1992.
Rose of Sharon Ministries (formed in 1978) took Aldergrove Christian Academy under its umbrella of ministries which includes New Life Christian Counselling. The Academy operated as a Group 3 School in Richmond for 3 years, utilizing the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum. ACA operated and continues to operate using the facilities of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church.
In 1995, the membership of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church (ROSBC) voted 70% in favour of relocating to Langley due to many factors, including the prohibitive cost of housing in Richmond for young families, representing the future church. As the Academy was operating out of ROSBC facilities, classes were relocated to Langley for the 1995/96 school year.
In conjunction with the move to Langley, it was decided to pursue Group 1 School status. This involved changing curriculum to meet the Learning Outcomes of the provincial government through a variety of Bible-based curriculum, and hiring certified teachers. In 1995, Grades K –7 were certified as Group 1. In 2000, Grades K-10 were certified as Group 1 and Grades 11-12 added in 2001.
A constant theme since the school’s inception is that God would be first in all matters. Should government requirements ever demand that this theme be compromised, government certification would be sacrificed.
In January 2007, the decision was made to become a Group 3 school, as in its beginnings, and switch curriculum to the Bob Jones DVD program, a Christ-centered and biblically based academic program of the highest caliber for Grades K-7. Distributed Learning Curriculum through the Traditional Learning Academy and other online schools are used for Grades 8-12.
- The ultimate goal of education is not to produce a degree, but many Godly generations. Isa. 58:12, Ps. 78:6, Ps. 12:1-2
- God charges parents and grandparents with the ultimate responsibility of training their sons and daughters. Gal. 4:1-2, Deut. 6:7, Prov. 17:6
- God established the home as the primary learning centre and the school and church are recognized as extensions of it. Deut. 6:7, 1 Tim. 3:5
- God wants the priorities of every family to be built around the daily study of Scripture, rather than on the accumulation of man’s knowledge. James 1:21, Josh. 1:8
- Children pick up the value system of those they spend the most interactive, communicative time with. Prov. 13:20, Prov. 1:10-19
- Boys and girls have differing aptitudes, and sensitivity to each child’s uniqueness must be shown.
- When children are grouped according to age, older role models are cut off and rebels usually rise to leadership. 1 Pet. 5:5
- When Scriptural moral values are separated from courses, the contents come under the control of human reasoning. 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Isa. 55:8-9
- True socializing does not take place in arbitrary groupings of children in age-segregated classes, but in the real world of children to adult relationships. 2 Cor. 10:12
- To invite each child to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, achieve growth towards Christian maturity, attain a deeper understanding of commitment to service, and become a more effective witness for the Lord.
- To assist parents in educating and training their children and in having a successful family by providing training and support for parenting.
- To emphasize the individuality of the person and to assist each child in properly responding to himself and others. To develop self-confidence, individual God given talents and abilities in creativity, goal setting communications, academics, and the principles of success.
- To promote self-discipline by training students to be diligent, consistent, appreciative, responsible and thorough in attitude, character and actions.
- To assist each child in seeking his higher purpose for life’s service and necessary preparation for eternity through construction of a biblical worldview and emphasis upon biblical relevance.
- To achieve learning progress regardless of the educational background.
- To eliminate grade level failure and repetition.
- To help each child learn how to live to honour the Lord by meeting the daily responsibilities with which God has entrusted him.
ACA utilizes uniforms because a uniform:
- Enables youth to be an example to others of modest and neat dress
- Eliminates clothing-based peer pressure
- Results in a higher level of discipline – which carries over to academics
- Improves a student’s self-image
- Enhances classroom and school décor
- Provides identification for building esprit-de-corps
- Reduces yearly clothing costs
- Eliminates the daily decision of what to wear
- Provides a school identity in the community
- Standardizes and neutralizes externals while enhancing individualization in internal character development