History of the Academy
West-Mont Christian Academy was founded in 1980 by its sister ministry, the Pottstown Youth Centre. Through the prayers, faithful service, and financial sacrifice of many committed individuals, WCA has weathered the storms of a young ministry. The school has now matured to its present position as a Christian school that offers a full academic program for students in preschool through grade twelve.
In 1996, West-Mont became aware that a 10-acre parcel of land was available for purchase directly bordering and south of the existing North Coventry Campus. After much prayer concerning God’s will and the future needs of the Academy, the Board made an offer to purchase this property. West-Mont families stepped forward with prayer and financial support which allowed WCA to purchase this property. The parcel will provide for the athletic and facility needs of West-Mont for many decades to come. This wonderful addition brings the entire campus to 22 acres in size.
Through the years, God has supplied in marvelous ways. He has faithfully guided the school board in several program changes that have proven to be successful in communicating the gospel to a lost and dying world. Marked by the beginning of our growing sports programs, in 1988, the Academy hired its first Athletic Director. The athletic department grew to fourteen teams, competing in various sports. More exciting is the fact that our students have become known for their Godly witness on the field to other schools.
The Resource Room was established in 1992 with the mission “to meet the unique needs of students who struggle in various academic areas.” This program, along with a companion program N.I.L.D. (National Institute for Learning Disabilities), have become an answer to prayer for several families who were searching for answers to their students’ learning challenges. West-Mont believes that Christian schools need to minister to the entire population, and the Resource Room has given the opportunity to students with various needs to find warm, loving acceptance in the classroom.
The Fine Arts department continues to see growth. Regularly, the Middle School music and art students participate in the Tri-County Christian Schools Fine Arts Festival. Our High School music and art students attend The Association of Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival and earn high ratings for their excellent performances and artwork. Our ensemble and concert choir compete at the Music in the Parks program and both have received first place awards. We enjoy performing a fall play and spring musical, as well as choral productions, elite ensemble groups, and concert band productions. Finally, West-Mont has theater classes in its Middle and High School course selections, which greatly encourage our theatrical students in career aspirations.
In 1993, to further spiritual growth and better prepare our students as Christian leaders, the advent of our Spiritual Life Fellowships sparked a renewed sense of commitment in the lives of our Middle and Senior High students. Now called Mentor Groups, 8 to 12 students are assigned to staff members for a one year period of mentoring and fellowship. Bi-weekly meetings allow for sharing of testimonies, praying for fellow classmates, and Bible study. Most recently, the Lord has called us to develop the Point Project, to further ensure and track the spiritual growth of our students.
As an interdenominational Christian school, West-Mont finds itself uniquely positioned to meet the needs of families from a broad cross-section of the Christian community. In many ways, West-Mont functions as the “hub of the wheel” in the local Christian community, serving as a vehicle to enable Christian families, ministries, and churches to all work together to uplift the name of Jesus Christ. The Academy is blessed to be able to serve God in this manner.
As part of the maturation process of a healthy Christian school, West-Mont has been accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges since 2002. Although most Christian schools and many public schools are not accredited, West-Mont chose to pursue the difficult path toward accreditation, knowing that the process would improve every area of school life. In the Fall of 2011, WCA hosted an accrediting visiting team in its pursuit of an advanced status through Accreditation by School Progress. The team from both regional commissions expressed high praise for God’s work here at West-Mont Christian Academy. In January 2012, we received the final report from the commissions of ACSI and MSASC that we completed this process.
The Academy accelerated its academic program to offer Advanced Placement courses in Calculus, English, Environmental Sciences, and US History. We provide distance learning classes to allow our high school students to earn high school or college credit. These courses provide more flexibility in a student's schedule, can better fit a student's area of interest in various disciplines, and give students the opportunity to earn college credit prior to graduation. We also offer dual enrollment classes that provide students with the opportunity to fulfill their high school graduation requirement as well as acquire college-level credits. Further evidence of West-Mont’s academic success has been the active recruitment of WCA graduates by many prestigious colleges and universities. Over the past decade, approximately 90% of WCA graduates have matriculated to college-bound programs. West-Mont students continue to score well above the national average on standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT exams.
Most importantly, West-Mont’s success will always be measured by how effectively the school has been able to meet the spiritual, emotional, and academic needs of each student.
This is expressed by the Academy’s Statement of Mission: Equipping Students to Find Their Place in God’s Story