“The plans for the high school have been in progress for the last seven years,” said Dr. Kenneth Lemaster, superintendent and founder of the Wesley Christian School. “We’ve always had that vision and dream for the high school, and over the last six months it came to the point where we had the property and the money to make the high school a reality.”
The Wesley Christian School currently offers education to students from preschool through eighth-grade. The school was founded in 1998 and currently has an enrollment of 144 students and daycare children.
According to information provided by the school, Wesley Christian is the only school in the five-county area offering a Beka curriculum, which is a Christian-based curriculum, and offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, fine arts and athletic programs. Bible studies are included in the curriculum, along with weekly chapel services.
“We believe in the five-county area that the high school will have a student body of over 200 students,” Lemaster said. “It gives people an option. I think it’s a very positive thing that we have an option for our children. It has nothing against any other schools in the county. We believe that there needs to be an atmosphere of high academic standards and good Christian ethics and morals.”
According to Lemaster, the high school is scheduled to open in the fall and will have 12 classrooms. There will also be football, baseball, softball and soccer fields, along with plans to build a new gymnasium.
Lemaster estimates that the total cost of the new high school will be over $1 million.