Oftentimes, change happens by taking concrete steps-or in the case of Lighthouse Christian Academy, by pouring concrete for a new school facility.
The Dawson County-based private school, a ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church, has broken ground on its forthcoming two-story academic and extracurricular complex.
The academy, which sprouted from the vision of church pastor Charles Blackstock, offers a preK-12 education based on the nationally reputable Abeka curriculum and Biblical principles, said academy Principal Dewey Moye.
Moye joined the academy before the 2021-2022 school year, bringing with him 46 years of experience in public and private schools.
The new facility will house both elementary and high-school classrooms in the front portion, closer to the academy’s existing premises, and a gymnasium in the back part.
Moye explained that they’re “really going after a superior academic program,” with plans for more STEM offerings, such as chemistry and physical science labs and a state-of-the-art computer lab. There are also plans to add more foreign language classes and hire more support staff and more STEM-specific teachers.
As for the academy’s athletic programs, Lighthouse plans to host basketball on their campus as well as expand to track and volleyball programs, Moye added.
He said the academy’s expansion is projected to be an “over-a-million-dollar” project. Ideally, construction on the facility will be finished before the next school year and without debt.
The academy has been running a fundraising campaign for about a month, already soliciting some donors. Others interested may donate to lcadawsonville.com/donate or send checks to Lighthouse Christian Academy, 329 Harmony Church Road, Dawsonville GA 30534.
The principal said that there has been more interest in the school in recent months. Currently, 68 students are enrolled and class sizes are kept small at 6-7 students per teacher. Each instructor is fully certified, and some have advanced degrees.
Moye elaborated that the increased parent appointments he’s been taking are a positive sign of school growth. In particular, the amount of elementary students has steadily been increasing.
County wide, 76.7 percent of Dawson County’s school-enrolled population is enrolled in K-12 grades, according to updated U.S. Census data.
He expects enrollment to grow by a few hundred students in the coming years.
“It’s exciting to see it grow,” Moye said of the school. “More people are interested in Christian education [now].”