Who We Are

 

Why West Bay?

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Distinctively Christian,
Academically Excellent


West Bay Christian Academy is an independent Christian school that serves families with children in Preschool through 8th Grade.

The Academy, founded in 1981, provides an engaging academic program in a nurturing, Christian environment in order to stimulate students to become thoughtful, active learners. Our small class sizes (12:1) and dedicated faculty enable us to provide individual attention for each student. WBCA is dually accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and ACSI (the Association of Christian Schools International), and receives annual school approval through the Rhode Island Department of Education.


Spiritual Formation

West Bay integrates a Biblical perspective into all areas of our students’ experience. The West Bay atmosphere encourages students to develop a strong Biblical foundation as well as an understanding of the importance of following Christ’s example in their daily lives.
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Academic Excellence

Our conceptually-based, spiraling curriculum provides a context for exciting learning experiences and the development of strong academic skills.
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Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide range of extra-curricular activities and community service opportunities from which to choose.
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Affordable Tuition

West Bay makes a conscientious effort to offer its excellent program at an extremely reasonable cost. As a result, our tuition is considerably lower than many other private schools in the area.
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Comprehensive Facilities

West Bay’s campus includes a gymnasium, library, gym, art room, music room, science lab, computer lab, and soccer field.
  • We are always at work to improve our facilities.100%

Academy History

West Bay Christian Academy was founded by a group of pastors who had a vision to establish an independent Christian school in the West Bay area.

Doug Brush, John Farrell, Rev. Linwood Bishop, and Rev. Henry Bell, who created the West Bay Christian School Association, Inc., hired the school’s very first Headmaster, David C. Greenhalgh. Together, they built a network of support in the surrounding communities and helped put the pieces in place to begin a school.

WBCA first opened its doors in 1981 with 60 students in Kindergarten through Grade 6, with four full-time teachers and a secretary. Classrooms, offices, gymnasium, and playgrounds were rented from Quidnessett Baptist Church, and the school rapidly grew to a full K- Grade 8 program. During those early years, West Bay established various satellite programs in a number of facilities in the area, including East Greenwich, Cranston, Narragansett, and Newport.

In 1994, after more than a decade of steady growth, West Bay moved its middle school to a new building on the present School Street campus in North Kingstown. An elementary wing was added in 2000, and in 2003 West Bay added a gymnasium, fine arts room, library, and science lab to the facilities. By September 2004, the entire Academy was consolidated on the School Street campus.

After a successful Capital Campaign to build an early childhood wing in August of 2009, West Bay began its Early Learning Program. The program was expanded in September 2010 to include a 4 year old Pre-Kindergarten program and a 3 year old Preschool program.

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