Under the church leadership and vision of Dr. Clyde A. Parker, First Wesleyan Church approved the implementation of a new weekday program that would serve preschool age children. In 1972, approval was given to implement a Christian elementary school. A first grade opened in the fall of 1972 with an enrollment of 17 students.
As a result of continued growth, a new facility was constructed in 1973, and both programs were relocated from the church facility to the new building. Included in the new facility were 13 spacious classrooms, dining hall and commercial kitchen, media center, playgrounds, and administrative offices. In 1975 and in 1977, a total of 13 additional classrooms were constructed. The early education and elementary programs continued to grow, and by 1980, the elementary school included grades K-6 with an enrollment of 265.
During the summer of 1981, Kernersville Wesleyan Academy merged with Wesleyan Education Center, and in the fall, Wesleyan Christian Academy opened for its first year of operation offering grades K-12 with a combined enrollment of 424 students. In the spring of 1982, the academy had its first graduation ceremony, which recognized 24 seniors who had successfully completed their academic program.
As growth continued in the academy, extensive waiting lists became an increasing reality at nearly every grade level; therefore, in 1992, approval was given to expand the academy from two sections per grade to three sections per grade to better accommodate the expanded demand. Twenty-two new classrooms were added in 1993, and enrollment expanded from 612 to 730 students in the academy and over 200 in the early education program. In 1998, 11 additional classrooms were added to facilitate continued enrollment growth.
Construction of a 30,000-square-foot high school gymnasium was completed. With the addition to the high school gymnasium, the academy expanded its facilities to include: high school gym, four locker rooms, weight room, wrestling room, trainer offices, sound room, storage areas, concession room, and administrative offices.
The Enrichment Center was also added this year to expand services to students with strong aptitude but needing broader assistance in meeting learning disability needs. The Center opened with 12 students but quickly grew to capacity of 60 students.
A major renovation was completed within the former First Wesleyan Church facilities. The newly renovated building became home to our Enrichment Center, Auditorium, and Performing Arts Center. The new amenities included a band room, individual practice rooms, a choral room, drama/dance room, theatrical stage, and a 700-seat auditorium. The Performing Arts Center broadened its services to the academy students, as well as offering services to the local community through the Private Teaching Studios. The Studios provide private instruction in instrumental and vocal music, as well as small group lessons in fine art, chorus, dance and drama.
New tennis courts were added to the campus in the summer of 2009. The six lighted tennis courts provide additional enhancement to the campus and athletic programs.
Wesleyan Christian Academy purchased a 71-acre parcel of property a few miles north of our present location. The land is completely debt-free and we have completed the zoning requirements and all of the architectural renderings and engineering reports. In the summer of 2014, we began the leadership “quiet phase” of the campaign.
On May 10, 2017, Wesleyan's God-sized dream took its first step as staff, faculty and supporters, gathered for a very special groundbreaking service on the 71-acre parcel of land that was generously gifted to WCA by the Parker family. We are so blessed to be able to share that this property, already laced with the heritage of Wesleyan, will become the new home of Wesleyan Christian Academy. Construction began shortly thereafter and continues today. We hope to be able to enjoy our new baseball field as early as the spring of 2019.
As updates are available, we will share those as well as the exciting opportunities and blessings the Lord continues to provide for us. The challenge is great, but the long history of God's faithfulness to this school encourages us that He will continue to guide and direct our path.
Dr. Clyde A. Parker
The Early Years: Wesleyan students
Mr. Joel Farlow, WCA School Administrator from 1976-2008
Groundbreaking in May 2017
Construction Well Underway in 2017
2018 Brings the
Completion of Phase Two