Martinsburg Christian Academy is a ministry of the Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church. It is a Christian school for students in Pre-K3 through 12th grades. Because we are a ministry of our church, our school has much the same flavor and atmosphere as our church. Our pastor, helps oversee the daily work of the school.
Martinsburg Christian Academy is a Baptist school. The doctrines, standards and principles taught in our church are re-emphasized in the school. It is totally staffed by members of the Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church. Our staff members are all soul winners, tithers and loyal members of our church. Our school is an extension of our great Sunday school program. This allows our school to maintain a spiritual level that is second to none.
Academics are very important to us. We believe that our young people should be academically strong so that they can accomplish the most for the Lord. We believe that a child should put as much into the success of his education as we adults put into the success of our jobs. All of our teachers have college educations and expect the students to do their part of the work. The Lord can only help us with the knowledge we actually have attained ourselves. Our classes are taught in the traditional form with the teachers instructing each subject. Our students score well on the annual Stanford Achievement Test, and recently our 10th and 11th graders scored in the upper 5% in the nation.
At Martinsburg Christian Academy, we believe and teach old-fashioned respect. Our students are still expected to answer with the words “Sir” or "Ma’am” when an adult asks them a question. Our children are all taught to respect authority, but our staff treats the students and parents with respect as well. We have the desire to have every student find and live the will of God for his life for as long as he lives.
Our school offers many opportunities to balance the life of our students. We believe in training the whole person. Listed below are some of those opportunities.
Boys' basketball at this level is an intramural program. We have 4 teams of boys coached by the men of our church, and they learn the fundamentals of basketball and the character of teamwork. Our boys all have team uniforms and learn the lessons of life as they perform under game pressure in front of a crowd of people.
We have 4 squads of the cutest little cheerleaders that you have ever seen. Our girls learn the basics of cheerleading and the coordination that goes along with it. They learn that the purpose of cheering is to get the crowd motivated and not to draw attention to themselves. Our cheers include Scripture verses and Scripture songs. The girls sing the National Anthem before the start of each game. Their matching outfits coordinate with the boys’ uniforms and make it a first-class program that helps to train our girls.
We are beginning a new league in the spring for our elementary girls. They will learn the basics of volleyball and teamwork. Our ladies will coach them as they learn how to play.
We have private piano lessons available from two of our church pianists for any student beginning at 5 years old. Each lesson is 30 minutes and only costs $10.
Weekly Music Class
Our music classes are fun and exciting. We use our music classes to prepare for 3 musical plays that are performed each year at our Parent-Teacher nights. This allows for the children to get used to using microphones and overcoming a fear of crowds. It is always enjoyable to see these plays.
Varsity Basketball & Junior Varsity Basketball for Boys
We have an excellent, competitive basketball program for our 7th-12th grade boys. We only play schools that are like-minded Baptists. Some of the states we travel to for our games are Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. We have a full gym where we host many teams for home games. The games are exciting, and our young men learn to get along with their competitors as well as do their best to win.
We have the finest group of young ladies as our cheerleaders. They are taught to serve and be spirit builders. Our ladies are taught the precision and crispness of cheerleading as well as teamwork. This is the highest position a lady can hold in our school. Cheerleaders are carefully screened and monitored to maintain their fine example.
Girls’ Intramural Volleyball
This is a fun time of competition and teamwork for our young ladies. Our players all have team shirts with cute “buggy” names. It is a great time to learn the basics of volleyball and have fun.
Girls’ Pep Club
Not everyone can be a cheerleader, but all of our ladies can be involved in Pep Club. This is also a service group that helps the cheerleaders to make posters, make gift and goodie baskets for visiting teams, etc.... These ladies all have matching polo shirts and sit together at games. They learn the cheers and help with them in the stands.
A brand new outdoor league was started this year. We have two teams which enables us to play intramural and also to have good fellowship by playing other teams from other fundamental, soul-winning, separated Baptist churches.
High School Choir & Junior High Choir
We have 2 separate choirs according to age. This allows us to mold and blend voices and abilities equal to the age. The choirs are used at chapel services, Parent-Teacher nights, graduations and nursing homes. They are taught to read parts and learn basic music theory.
We have an excellent Science Fair every spring for all of our 7th-12th grade science students. We have 3 categories according to grade, and the entire church gets to view them before and after church on a Wednesday evening. Our students spend almost 4 months preparing these projects and researching their topics. Each student will stand before 3 judges to be quizzed and give an oral report in front of their entire class. This is a great tool to prepare them for life’s bigger projects.
We have an annual History Fair that is quite exciting. This is done every fall and is a great way to begin our school year. The young people do reports and small projects related to their history courses in 7th-12th grades. This dissection of history is fun and exciting. The projects are displayed, and the entire church gets to view them before or after church on a Wednesday night. The skills of organizing time and researching information are taught through this project.
As you can see, Martinsburg Christian Academy is a “full-service” school. Our pastor, Dr. Jeff Owens, has so wisely said that our school is here “Not just to teach children to make a living, but to teach them how to live.” We want our young people to grow up and graduate with a quality education and have the balance to use it to do the will of God with their lives for the rest of their lives.