Amiee Pope believes in the value of a good education and the opportunity for a student to learn in a Christian-based environment at the same time. For that reason, she and her husband have formed The Point Christian Academy.
Pope, a native of Sampson County, who attends Owen Grove Free Will Baptist Church in the Kitty Fork community, has an educational background, having earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, with a North Carolina teaching license in K-6 general education and K-12 reading.
For years, the lead teacher at the new Christian school has worked in a public school environment, but she says she always felt something was missing. After working one year at a private school, she quickly learned what that something was.
“I really liked it,” she said about working at the private school. “It was nice being able to tie the Lord into the kids’ learning.”
The Point Christian Academy is temporarily being housed on the grounds of Owen Grove church in a community building at the park. Eventually Pope and her husband say they hope the enrollment number grows and they can move into a larger, more permanent location.
“Our goal is to grow in number,” Pope stressed”We would like to build something closer to Salemburg, so that we can service those students in that area and those who live close to Clement and Plain View.”
Right now the school only has three students, but Pope doesn’t mind. Because of the smaller number, she can focus more individually on each student and make sure she is working to their abilities.
“I can work individually with each students on an everyday basis,” Pope explained.
Her objective, she said, isn’t to be in competition with other private, Christian schools in the county. She just wants the parents and students to have more options on going somewhere to learn, while getting a Bible-based education.
The Point Christian Academy uses the ABeka curriculum, which makes learning more about Christ and Biblical aspects. Pope said all the assignments use examples from the Bible and are focused on the aspect of Christian learning.
All three students who currently attend the Christian school are in fourth grade. For now, Pope said the school is only accepting students grades K-5, but at the beginning of the next school year, and each year following, the school will add one grade level.
While Pope is the lead teacher, she does have someone who comes in part time to help. As the school grows, Pope and her husband plan to hire more teachers, hoping to have a 1-to-10 ratio of teachers to students.
“We want to be able to focus our attention on individualized education,” Pope pointed out.
Each morning at The Point starts with scripture reading from the Bible and a prayer. Students are exposed to, and learn, the basic academics, such as reading, math, science, social studies and health. Students also have time to learn art and music, holding a praise and worship time each day.
Incorporating Christ into everyday learning is important for Pope.
“This is important to me because of my religious background,” she said. “With God being taken out of public schools, our kids don’t get the true lesson on creation. Everything they are learning is a lie.”
Enrollment is currently open at the school. For anyone interested in learning more about The Point Christian Academy, contact Pope at 910-305-7616.
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