ROSEBORO — Mintz Christian Academy is hosting an open house as part of the celebration of National School Choice Week.
The event is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 3-5 p.m. During the open house, prospective students and parents will be able to take a campus tour, have individualized conversations with the faculty and staff regarding curriculum, athletics, fine arts, music, drama, as well as have the opportunity to speak with currently enrolled students and parents about their experiences at the school.
“Mintz Christian Academy offers enrollment for grades K-12,” principal Joy McDowell said. “Open house provides families with an overview and the purpose of attending Mintz. It also provides individualized information which will help families formalize a better understanding of Kingdom Education, which is important for the parent to make the best informed decision regarding their child’s education.”
According to McDowell, Mintz offers a particular philosophy, which integrates scripture within each subject. Additionally, the school can offer lower class sizes, which allows for more one-on-one instructional time with students in certain subjects.
“It is our desire that students seek wisdom rather than scholarship, character rather than career and service rather than self,” McDowell explained. “Through Christian education, MCA’s goal for its students is that they mature in their personal relations with Christ, that they are equipped with Christian values and skills and that they will utilize these as Christian leaders”
Founded in 2010 and held in January, National School Choice Week is a public awareness effort to promote education options for children such as traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling. The week runs Jan. 22-28.
Sampson County has become home to more Christian schools, providing parents with alternatives for the public school in the form of private schools. According to McDowell, Mintz became accredited through ACSI on July 1, 2016. During our accreditation visit, students were given the opportunity to sing the school’s praises.
“Mintz has given me opportunities that I would never find anywhere else,” one student shared.
For McDowell, the student comments only confirm that God is working in the hearts and lives of the students.
“We not only want our students to come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ as their savior, but also to learn a scripture well enough to live it and to be a part of their lives,” McDowell said.
As a student at Mintz, McDowell explained that each student will be provided with an educational environment that nurtures the individual talents and gifts, including the reduced class size and individualized instruction.
“Mintz students must meet the North Carolina graduation requirements for either a general diploma or an honors diploma,” McDowell said. “Our students also have the opportunity for dual enrollment at Sampson Community College to complete or add courses to their transcript. Our current graduation class all received their four-year college acceptance letters prior to December. As elementary and middle school students, our Terra Nova Achievement Test scores indicate that our students are performing at least one grade level beyond the national norms, reflecting the academic strength of our elementary and middle school program.”
As a student at Mintz, kids are exposed to and actively participate in both athletic and fine arts programs. Mintz is a member of the Carolinas Christian Athletic Conference, and recently hosted the fall conference tournament for volleyball and soccer.
The current student population is 127, and on average, the class size is 10 students. Mintz was able to hold the first graduation in May 2016, which was a huge accomplishment for the school.
I believe the first graduating class was 2016? How big of an accomplishment was that for the Mintz staff? Our first graduation was held in May 2016.
“The mission of Mintz Christian Academy is that we offer a nurturing Christian-based education on a solid spiritual, academic and social foundation that will enable our students to walk victoriously in their adult life,” McDowell said.
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