Welcome to Cherokee County’s Most Affordable Private School!

Mission Academy is a small Christian private school in Waleska, Georgia. We serve grades K-12. We are so excited to welcome our students and help them grow academically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.  Please take a few minutes to look over our site and let us know if you have any questions!

Learn the Mission Academy Difference

We don’t want to be like public schools because the public schools already exist. We are here for the children that need something different.

When developing the curriculum and format for Mission Academy, we didn’t take anything for granted. Every child is different, so why do we feel the need to put children in a group that never changes? Grade levels are fluid at Mission Academy. A typical third grader may be in fourth grade reading, second grade math, and third grade social studies. Grade levels aren’t permanent either. If a student makes tremendous gains in a subject area, we will move them to a more appropriate level for the next quarter.

We don’t teach to the test at Mission Academy because we don’t believe that students are defined by their performance on a standardized test. We evaluate students on their knowledge and performance in a given subject area, but we also are looking for indicators of emotional and spiritual growth. We want to see our students thrive in a place where a grade on a test doesn’t dictate their self-esteem or their self-efficacy.  When parents request that a student be tested, we will oblige, but there is no “testing week” at Mission Academy.

Here are a few of the things that set us apart:

60 minutes of recess each day

No homework

No routine standardized testing

Physical education every day

Frequent field trips

Flexible grade levels

Foreign language, art, crafting, and STEM classes weekly

“Our goal is to build up young learners so they have the skills and the confidence to go out into the world and be on mission. ”

Who We Are

Our Philosophy

We believe that every child has the potential to achieve great things. At the Academy, we strive to create an environment where each child feels encouraged, supported, and challenged. We want to educate the whole child and so our schedule, our emphasis, our goals are different from the norm. These are just some of the ways that we are different.

  • We do not give standardized assessments to the whole school body. We do offer testing for the parents that would like to participate, but there is no testing day/ testing week at the Academy.
  • Every child will learn at a level that is appropriate for his or her academic level regardless of chronological age. This means that Math 3 could have students in a wide range of ages. This is a benefit for our students and lets children learn at their own pace without being bored or anxious about the content.
  • Students will have 60 minutes of recess each day. We believe that children need physical movement in order to fully develop their brains and to concentrate better in class, so students will have three 20 minute sessions of recess each day.
  • Students will have limited assigned homework. We think that children in elementary and middle school should have time outside of school hours to read, participate in sports, and spend time in church and with their families. In some cases, students may be asked to complete an unfinished project at home, but these cases are rare and at the discretion of the parents.
  • Students will have 20 minutes of independent reading time each day. For our lower-level readers, students will be able to choose an audio book or may participate in a read aloud group.
  • In addition to our academic courses, all students will have art, music, foreign language, coding, and nutrition on a weekly basis. Student will have physical education each day.
  • School activities often take place outside of the classroom. Students at the Academy often take field trips to educational destinations around Atlanta.

Beliefs

Faith

  • There is only one God. He is all powerful, all knowing and omnipresent. He is the Creator of all things. He exists in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1, Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, 2 Corinthians 3:17 & 13:14, Colossians 2:9, Matthew 28:19, Revelation 14:7)
  • God created humanity for the purpose of worship and blessed them with free will, based of His image, to know and have a relationship with Him. (Genesis 1-3, John 7:17, Joshua 24:15, Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 100)
  • Humanity used free will to defy God and sinned, ruining their perfect relationship with God, and death entered into the world. They were cast out of paradise. Their sin caused a change in the world. (Genesis 3 & 4, Romans 3:23, Romans 8:20-22)
  • God, in his holy state, cannot sin and sin cannot exist in His presence. But God loves humanity, so He continued to seek out a relationship with them. (Hebrews 10:31, Habakkuk 1:13, John 3:16, Romans 5:8)
  • God created a plan of sacrificial atonement for the sins of humanity, making them right in His eyes and allowing them to come back to Him. (Ephesians 5:2, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Mark 10:45, Romans 5:6)
  • God’s plan for the ultimate salvation of His people involved Jesus Christ, God Himself in the flesh, to come to humanity. (Jeremiah 23:5 & 31:31-34, Matthew 1, Luke 9:20, Isaiah 7, Joh 20:31)
  • Jesus Christ was born through the Virgin Mary from the Holy Spirit. He was fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect, sinless life. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15)
  • He ministered to the people, healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, performed miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit and taught humanity about the love of God. (Matthew 8 & 9, Mark 1:21-34, John 3:16)
  • He was seized, tortured, rejected and crucified. This was a part of God’s plan of salvation. The sins of the world were placed on Him, and He gave up His Spirit. He died on our behalf, as the ultimate sacrifice for us all. (John 18 & 19, Luke 22:47-23:56, Mark 14:43-15:41, Matthew 26:47-27:56)
  • On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. He appeared to many witnesses, then ascended back to Heaven. (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21)
  • Jesus Christ is alive today, and He continues to intercede for us, offering us forgiveness of our sins through the acceptance of His sacrifice on our behalf and the profession of faith in Him. (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 8:34, Acts 7:55-56, Hebrews 9:15, Romans 10:9)
  • We can all accept His love and sacrifice on our behalf and become adopted children of God. We do this by surrendering control and professing our belief and faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead. (Galatians 3, 1 John 3:2, Romans 10:9, Psalm 37:7-9)
  • The forgiveness of sins (past, present and future) restores us and allows us to return into the presence of God. (Luke 23:39-43, Acts 7:55-56, John 3:3)
  • There are two biblical practices set in place by God for His people to observe. The baptism of believers upon their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord, and the observance of the Lord’s Supper, to remind His people of His sacrifice on their behalf. These practices do not bring about salvation but are done in obedience to God’s commands. (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 22, 1 Corinthians 11)
  • The Bible is the infallible Word of God written by human authors inspired by the Holy Spirit. Through the Bible, we receive instructions for living a life surrendered to God and we learn about God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • Prayer is communicating with God. Through prayer, we lay our praises and requests before God, and He responds. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • We, as Christians, are called and saved by God to be His hands and feet, acting as His ambassadors in the world, bringing His love, joy and peace to those in needs and leading others to Jesus Christ and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7 & 5:20, Galatians 5:22-23, James 5:19-20, Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Heaven is a real place. It is perfect, where those who have accepted the salvation Christ freely offers will walk with God for all eternity. Hell is also a real place. It is designed for Satan and his fallen angels. It is also where lost humanity who choose to refuse or reject God’s grace and salvation find themselves without Jesus. (Matthew 18:10, John 14:2, Revelation 21, Philippians 3:20-21  /  Revelation 21:8, Matthew 25:46, Psalm 9:17, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Matthew 13:50, Matthew 25:41)
  • Jesus Christ ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us. He will return one day, on a day known only to God the Father, on a cloud in the sky all will see, with power and glory, and call home those who have faith in Him. (Acts 1:9-12, John 14:1-3, Mark 13:32, Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:26, Revelation 19:11-21)

Education

  • We believe that God has given each child the ability to learn and grow.
  • We believe that faith is an essential part of all areas of education and so we do not separate faith from academic instruction. God has created our hearts, minds, and bodies and we honor Him by learning about Him and his creation.
  • We believe that by providing small classes with caring, dedicated teachers each child can reach his or her potential.
  • We believe that education doesn’t only take place in a school building.
  • We believe that education is more than academics, but also emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical growth.

Curriculum

 

Reading and Language Arts

We use Orton-Gillingham curriculum and materials for the teaching of reading and language arts. We explicitly teach phonics in all grade levels using All About Reading, although phonics instruction will play a lesser role in grades 6-8. We read and write in every class, every subject, and every grade level. Our language arts curriculum is from Bob Jones University Press with additional outside resources and novel studies. Students are encouraged to read at home as much as they read at school.

Math

Our math curriculum is hands-on with the use of multiple manipulatives to encourage students to use math in different ways. We use Bob Jones University Press as a textbook.

Sciences

As a Christian school, we do not teach evolution, only intelligent design. Our science curriculum is varied and focuses on hands-on learning in all grade levels. We do experiments each week and encourage our students to get involved in science and the world around them. We ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and test those hypotheses in the classroom. We make use of the outdoors whenever possible. Our lower grades levels use Apologia curriculum exclusively while high school students may use Apologia or Bob Jones University Press.

History and Geography

We focus on geography and the world around us starting in Kindergarten and then begin chronological history starting in grade 2. Geography is taught in each level. Our students use a mixture of Story of the World and Bob Jones University Press for textbooks.

Bible

We teach Bible every day and students will attend Chapel on Fridays. Our Bible instruction focuses on the main prophets in both the Old and New Testaments and helps students see how God’s plan is carried throughout the Bible. Our Bible curriculum comes from Christian Schools International. Students will have a memory verse each week. In Chapel students will sing worship songs and listen to a Bible message.

Contact

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact us at enrollment@missionacademyga.com