Wilson Christian starts classes with 502 students

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After several years of steady growth, Wilson Christian Academy has again crossed the 500-student threshold.

For its 57th year, WCA has 502 students.

“A few years ago we topped 500 students with a larger-than-usual group of new high school students,” said Dwight Vanderboegh, who has been administrator for 11 years. “They were good young people and a welcome addition, but they have mostly graduated. The current growth is spread throughout the grades, although we did have to add a third section of 5-year-old kindergarten this fall.

Vanderboegh said most WCA students come from Wilson and outlying towns, but some students travel from Edgecombe, Pitt, Green, Johnston and Wake counties.

“Parents are committed to the program we offer, and the Lord has blessed us with a great staff, too,” he said.

Vanderboegh said that a group picture has become an annual tradition at the school, but staff wanted this year’s picture to be a little different.

“The idea came as we looked at the number of new families and ways to help them fit into WCA.

“We decided to give every student a nice WCA T-shirt at the beginning of the year and take our group picture right away with the shirts.”

Wilson Christian Academy was established in 1961 and is located on a 20-acre campus on Airport Road where students in kindergarten through 12th grade are offered college preparatory classes, a comprehensive fine arts program and more than 20 sports teams. The newest team is a clay target shooting team.

In 2016, WCA graduated its 1,000th student. Graduates of WCA are currently engaged in a variety of careers including medicine, law, accounting, ministry, education, homemaking, insurance, engineering and business.