ROSEBORO — Dr. John McBride had a vision eight years ago, and with the recent groundbreaking of a high school at Mintz Christian Academy, that vision is becoming a reality.
Last Thursday, work officially began on a high school wing as part of the growing progress at the local Christian school. According to McBride, who was pastor when the school first opened, the school has grown by leaps and bounds in the last eight years, and the expansion was necessary to meet the school’s growing needs.
“Our recent growth has maxed out the current building,” McBride said. “And, right now we have a waiting list for two of our classes.”
Originated in 2009, the academy began as a K-5 school, housed in Mintz Baptist Church, just across the parking lot from the new facility. Two years ago the school opened a new cafeteria and two additional classrooms. Today, the school is under the leadership of Dr. William Warren and pastor of Mintz is Dr. Robert Hunter.
McBride said the school began as an option for local parents who were looking for a different type of education for their child.
“We felt parents needed a choice in their child’s education and have the option for a Christian education,” McBride said. “We have taken things back to the basics in education and we supply the students the Christian background on all they are learning.”
Over the last six years, the school has added an additional grade each year, and moved into the new building just beside the church in 2013. When the new school building opened, only one side of the facility was complete, housing the office area and eight classrooms. At the time, all students used the eight classrooms on a daily basis and had to walk to the church’s kitchen for their lunches.
After adding the 12th grade in 2015, the first class graduated from the school in May 2016.
Currently, Mintz is home to 152 students. When the school began eight years ago, there were only 29 students in grades 1-5. Mintz offers the traditional-style classroom, with some classes available online.
The high school wing addition, McBride explained, will allow for more room for elementary students.
High school students will now have access to an art room, science lab and full library in addition to the eight classrooms that are part of the addition. Plans are to have the new facility open and ready for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
Mintz offers a full athletic program. The school participates in soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. Athletic director Dan Heinz has worked to build the program and keep the students scheduled for games. Students in grades 6-12 are allowed to participate in team sports.
Additionally, the Christian school serves a wide-spread population, having students come from the Hargrove District of Sampson County, as well as from Bladen County. There is a bus that picks children up at a central location in Clinton.
If students are interested in attending Mintz, there is an application process. The application is available online.
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