In August 2016, United Christian Academy opened in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to serve local children from low-income, financially disadvantaged households with a full-time Christian education and support system. The vision is to see our students come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and move out of physical and spiritual poverty, with the hope that one day, they can become Christian leaders in their families and communities.
WHO WE ARE:
Founded by United Christian Ministries, United Christian Academy is a “Christian Education Center” that grew out of a long time vision of wrapping around and deepening the support of the children served through UCM’s Bible studies across the city. We understand that in order to really give these children a chance to move forward in life, they need more support.
- Location: 3901 Lincoln Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402 — Woodland Presbyterian Church has generously given us the use of the old Presbyterian Christian School (PCS) building on their campus.
- Mascot: Timberjacks — Named after our founder, Jack Kennedy, and the former 1910’s minor league baseball team in City of Hattiesburg, the Timberjacks. We brought the “Jacks” back to the Burg and now it’s a team for all kids.
- Grades served: 4th-high school
- School Type: United Christian Academy operates under the “homeschool” umbrella in the State of Mississippi. Our parents have signed their student out of the public school system and trusted UCA with providing a rigorous academic program for their child. Students who graduate from UCA will be receive a transcript of their coursework, and will be prepared for college, trade school, or work.
WHAT WE DO:
Rather than only getting a few hours each week with our UCM kids, United Christian Academy gives us the opportunity to impact the “whole child” – socially, academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually – 7.5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Over the last academic year, we served 7 students (in 4th-9th grade) with a Christian education and support center, 8:00am-3:30pm Monday – Friday. A hybrid between the offerings of public school and homeschooling, UCA provides transportation to/from school, two meals each day, a rigorous academic schedule, life skills development, social enrichment, and Christian discipleship.
And the results have been incredible to witness!
Not only have we seen significant personal development (i.e., growth in social skills, life skills, and personal responsibility) in our students, but they are also visibly healthier and have made important strides academically.
In the first 5 months at UCA, 60% of our students increased 1.5-2 full grade levels in their reading ability!
(3 x’s the reading growth of the average American student)
End of year testing revealed that 50% of UCA’s students gained 2.5-3 full grade levels in their reading ability!
Children who tested in the bottom 10-20th percentile in July 2016 are now academically in the 45-90th percentile just one school year later. We are closing their gaps!
WHERE WE’RE GOING:
We have been planning and making preparations to add an additional 7 students in Fall 2017 to serve 14 students in 4th-10th grade.
We are neither publicly funded nor tuition-based. As a result, we rely upon the generous contributions of individuals, businesses, and churches for the daily operation of our program. Please visit our support page and consider a gift today.