Meet the Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Class of 2018. These seniors hail from a high school that didn’t even exist until three years ago. Though Mt. Bethel celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, this is the school’s first graduating class.
In 1998, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy was founded with 24 students in two sections of kindergarten. From there, a grade was added each year and by 2006, the school had grown to include a full middle school. To continue the school’s growth into high school, additional property would be required and the school spent the better part of the next several years searching for the right place. If you’ve lived in East Cobb for a while, you know that parcels of land large enough to accommodate a high school don’t come onto the market often and when they do, they rightfully command a premium price. In 2014, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, in partnership with its sponsoring church, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, acquired 33 acres on Post Oak Tritt Road, which had formerly housed the Marcus Jewish Community Center. After a significant investment in renovation, the school opened its doors to a group of pioneering freshmen in August 2014. That class now stands prepared to finish their high school experience and move on to college. And those college acceptance letters; they are already coming in.
One of the many reasons families enjoy living in East Cobb is the number and quality of educational opportunities for their children. Mt. Bethel Christian meets the needs of families seeking an intimate environment that is unapologetic in its commitment to academic opportunity and unwavering in its commitment to growing a child’s faith. “The Mt. Bethel experience is intentionally designed to be personal. Our strong belief is that children thrive in their studies, in their relationships, and in their faith when they are rooted in a school where they are known and loved.” says Jim R. Callis, Head of School since 2011. Callis adds, “We’re not just teaching fractions or memorizing state capitals, important as that might be. We’re literally building a foundation of faith for young people, built on relationship with teachers who know them and love them with the love of Christ. Raising children is hard work. Raising faithful, confident children who are intellectually equipped to be impactful in the world – that’s not just hard, it is impossible without good partners.”
Now in it’s 20th year, Mt. Bethel provides the kind of partnership that people talk about. According to recent admission statistics, well over 80% of new families to the school are referred by current or former families. And though the school has grown a bit over the last two decades, Mr. Callis reports there are still openings for families looking to explore the potential benefits of a Mt. Bethel partnership.
For more information, visit MBCA on the web at www.mtbethelchristian.org or better yet, stop by one of their two East Cobb campuses for a personal visit and tour.