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School Profile

School Information

Westover Christian Academy operates as a ministry of Westover Baptist Church of Danville, Virginia.

Grades: K2 through 12th grade

Total Enrollment: 415

Founded: 1977

Accreditation: Fully accredited by Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Virginia Council for Private Education, and AdvancED.

Academic Year: Two semesters (total of 180 school days) divided into 6 six-week grading periods


Curriculum

Elementary (Grades K-6): 

The elementary program is characterized by strong phonics, mathematics, and character instruction in order to build a firm foundation for each student's academic and spiritual life. Music, art, Spanish, library, computer, recess, physical education, chapel, field trips, and special activities are integrated on a regular basis into the academic program. A-Beka, Bob Jones, and ACSI curriculums are implemented in traditional classrooms; team teaching in upper elementary grades guide students through the transition from elementary to junior high.

Junior High (Grades 7-8): 

A challenging curriculum (including Bob Jones and Saxon) includes core courses and electives in choral and instrumental music, computer keyboarding, technology, and drama.

Senior High (Grades 9-12): 

College preparatory curriculum offers core courses and electives leading to either a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma. Weighted honors courses are offered in English, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish, band, and choir.


Graduation Requirements

Students may earn a Standard Diploma by meeting the minimum requirements for the twenty-four-credit diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma which requires a minimum of twenty-eight units of credit.

Standard Diploma:

Bible (one for every year) 4
English 4
Mathematics (Algebra 1 and above) 3
Science 3
Social Studies
World Geography (1)
World History (1)
US History (1)
US and VA Government (1)
4
Foreign Language 1
Fine Arts (Sr High Choir, Symphonic Band, Graphics Arts/Yearbook staff) OR Career and Technical Education (Boat Building) 1
Physical Education (2 yrs.) 1
Health (2 yrs.) 1
Econ/Personal Finance 1
Electives 1
TOTAL 24

Advanced Studies Diploma:

Bible (one for every year) 4
English 4
Mathematics (Algebra 1 and above) 4
Science 4
Social Studies
World Geography (1)
World History (1)
US History (1)
US and VA Government (1)
4
Foreign Language 3
Fine Arts (Sr High Choir, Symphonic Band, Graphics Arts/Yearbook staff) OR Career and Technical Education (Boat Building) 1
Physical Education (2 yrs.) 1
Health (2 yrs.) 1
Econ/Personal Finance  1
Electives 1
TOTAL 28

Testing

Iowa Achievement Tests and Abilities Tests are administered annually to all students, grades 1-8. Students in grades 10-12 take college entrance exams: PSAT, SAT I and II, ACT, and AP exams as necessary. The College Board code for WCA is 470-669.


Organizations/Special Events

WCA seeks to provide a school setting that combines academic challenge, spiritual nurturing, and significant co-curricular activities that enhance the WCA mission outside the classroom. The following organizations and special events provide WCA high school students opportunities for fellowship, leadership, and service:

  • Westover Christian Honor Society
  • Yearbook Staff
  • Class Offices
  • Student Prayer Groups
  • Chapel Ministry Teams
  • Concert and Marching Bands
  • Choral Ensembles
  • Bulldog Bash
  • Spiritual Emphasis Week
  • Homecoming and Spirit Week
  • Day Trips and Overnight Field Trips
  • Senior Trip
  • Drama Productions
  • ACSI Fine Arts Festivals
  • Senior Night

Athletics

WCA competes in interscholastic athletics as part of the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) in the following sports:

Fall: 

Girls' Volleyball, Boys' Soccer, Co-ed Cross Country

Winter: 

Girls' Basketball, Boys' Basketball, Cheerleading

Spring: 

Boys' Baseball, Girls' Softball, Girls' Soccer


Special Services

The Enrichment Center is designed to enhance learning and meet individual academic goals. Services include assessment of individual needs, tutorial intervention, and IEP administration for students with learning differences.


Grading Scale

The following grading scale is used:

A - 94-100
B - 86-93
C - 78-85
D - 70-77
F - Below 70

Examinations (90 minutes each) are administered to students in grades 7-12 at the end of each trimester on designated exam days. Final exams are administered to students in grades 9-12 at the end of the year.  The yearly grade for grades 9-12 is computed by averaging the 6 term grades and the final exam grade.


Awards

At the conclusion of each school year, WCA recognizes students who have shown extraordinary achievement, effort and character in various areas. Such awards include honor roll, perfect attendance, rookie of the year, departmental outstanding achievement awards, the President's Award for Educational Excellence, the Bulldog Award, and Athlete of the Year award. Athletic awards are presented at seasonal awards ceremonies. At graduation, honor graduates are recognized according to their cumulative GPA:

  • Summa Cum Laude - 3.75
  • Magna Cum Laude - 3.50
  • Cum Laude - 3.25

Valedictorian and Salutatorian are recognized according to the guidelines listed in the Academic Handbook.


Additional Information

The following services are available to WCA students and families:

  • Catered hot lunch program
  • Limited transportation
  • After-school care
  • Remedial summer school
  • Limited financial aid

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Westover Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.