MEDINA, Ohio — The Medina Christian Academy, formerly known as First Baptist Christian School, has announced an ambitious, four-phase building program.

Head of School Joe Timco expects to add 100 new students next year to the current enrollment of 345, necessitating more classroom space and expanded recreational areas.

The school, founded in 1981, is currently divided between two locations — the pre-kindergarten through grade six classes are located in the First Baptist Church building at 3646 Medina Road. Grades seven through 12 are housed in the former Rustic Hills Country Club clubhouse at 5399 River Styx Road.

Over the past three years, the school has experienced a 200 percent increase in enrollment. Timco expects to see two classes per grade level throughout the school in the next year.

The governing board purchased the former Rustic Hills Country Club in January 2020, giving the school 42 acres for expansion in addition to the existing large clubhouse and event center to use as classroom, cafeteria and science lab space. The current high school opened on Sept. 2, 2020.

Future plans include continued renovations of the existing building and the construction of a gymnasium and 11 additional classrooms in Phase One. Phase Two will include construction of a new elementary building that will allow all students to be housed on a single campus. Eventually, a new field house will be built.

Timco is enthusiastic about the current programs and looks forward to adding more high-quality offerings.

“We live in a community with good schools, so we have to be able to compete,” he said.

He continued by saying that the students expect high-quality “academic, artistic, emotional, spiritual and physical programs.”

He is also enthusiastic about the staff: “I love coming to work with my staff every day. They are all born-again believers.”

Fourteen Advanced Placement classes and four College Credit Plus Courses allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. The college courses are offered in partnership with Malone University, with adjunct professors in the academy’s classrooms.

Students travel to the Medina campus from Parma, Fairview Park, Wadsworth, Copley Township, Norton and Fairlawn, in addition to the students from Medina. Fifty different Christian congregations are represented.

Students have the opportunity to compete in extracurricular basketball, volleyball, baseball and cross country. Participation in the arts is offered through music, drama, art classes and photography.

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