The merger of two Christians schools with roots in Charis Fellowship congregations was reported yesterday in the Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union. Lakeland Christian Academy (LCA) and Warsaw Christian School (WCS) have reached an agreement to merge and to ultimately be located on one campus on the east edge of Winona Lake, Ind. Warsaw Christian School (WCS) has been a ministry of Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, since its inception in 1958. It has been located on the church site on the south side of Warsaw. Lakeland Christian Academy (LCA) was established in the spring of 1974 and during its first year, held classes at Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church. The merger creates the only prekindergarten to 12th-grade private Christian school in Kosciusko County. A portion of Monday’s story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
LCA, Warsaw Christian Unite To Form PreK-12 School
When the 2020-21 school year begins this fall, Lakeland Christian Academy (LCA) and Warsaw Christian School (WCS) will open their doors as one school.
The decision was reached this week for Community Grace Brethren Church (CGBC) to release WCS as their ministry and for the school to merge with LCA. This idea was discussed several times over the past few decades. Bringing both entities together to create a prekindergarten to 12th-grade school will create a school of over 300 students under the LCA brand. This will be the only prekindergarten to 12th-grade private Christian school in Kosciusko County, according to a press release from LCA about the decision.
Joe Elrod, the current LCA administrator and future superintendent of LCA, said, “Becoming a larger part of Kosciusko County’s educational landscape is a great privilege and one we don’t take lightly. Our desire is that LCA’s Christ-centered prek-12 education will be an essential part of the community. Having this opportunity to explore new partnerships, honor current partnerships in a deeper way and expand and strengthen our ties within our community, as well as partner with and serve our community in a greater capacity, is exciting.”
LCA is “excited” to partner with CGBC to lease the current WCS building to house the lower grades, a news release states. LCA is already creating plans to accommodate all grades on one campus at its Winona Lake location as soon as possible. By bringing these schools together, there will be a “stronger academic and spiritual culture,” according to the news release. This merger creates continuity for parents by offering a “higher level of academic excellence, competitive athletics, and community engagement – all being accomplished through a biblical worldview,” according to the release.
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