God's Plan Unfolds
In the spring of 1979, a group of dedicated Christians, under the leadership of New Life Assembly, began planning a Christ-centered Christian day school. In September of that year, Chagrin Valley Christian Academy opened with a faculty of five and a student enrollment of 48 in grades K-8. As the school grew, we moved to a larger, more centrally located, public school building known as Miller Elementary School.
By the end of the 1983-84 school year, enrollment reached 272, but the sponsoring church decided to close the school's doors. A group of concerned parents worked to insure the school's continuance by forming the Association of Concerned Parents (ACP). In the fall, the school opened with more students than there had been at the end of the school year. Valley Christian Academy emerged as a solid, parent-run, independent Christian day school with a 4K-10th grade program.
In 1985, steps were taken to consolidate the school to grades K-6. VCA moved to the Lake Elementary School building (where we are now) and in 1987, the first 5000-square foot classroom addition (modular style) was built. In 1990, VCA purchased Lake School from Aurora. Continued growth and program expansion brought about another wing, now housing the Middle School, in 1994. In 2005, we completed our third addition, providing new classrooms space for kindergarten classes, new offices, and a beautiful new gym.
In the spring of 2006, the School Board made the decision to grow a Middle School program to include grades 7 and 8. That fall, 2006-2007, a 7th grade was added. The following year, 2007-2008, was the first year there was a complete Middle School when 8th grade was added. Since then, the Middle School program has continued to grow and develop. We have been very blessed by the Lord with our building on our 46 acre property which, now houses both Elementary (K-5) and Middle School (K-8).