Central Christian Academy Tops Elementary Schools in Chautauqua County
Â Business First of Buffalo recently published the 2008-09 Guide to Western New York Schools. Â The headline in Jamestown's Sunday Post-Journal, on September 14th read, â€œCentral Christian Academy Tops Elementary Schools.â€ Â The article went on to say, â€œLooking over the Business First list of rankings of elementary schools in Western New York, you'll have to scan down to the 47th spot before you find a school in Chautauqua County. At that spot, Central Christian Academy in Dunkirk leads area elementary schools in the recently released rankings.
Business First graded 289 elementary schools based on testing of fourth graders. Only five other elementary schools in the county scored under 100. the four Dunkirk elementary schools, Schools 3, 4, 5 and 7, all scored over 240. North Chautauqua Catholic School came in at 90.Â Â In subject awards for elementary schools, Central Christian Academy was listed first in English. The Sanford Achievement Tests are also administered annually at Central Christian with student results comparable to area schools and above the national average.
Central Christian Academy was founded by Pastor Earl Leiby of the First Baptist Church in Dunkirk in 1981 with 15 students in Kindergarten through Second grade.Â The church added a new education building in 1987 to provide additional classrooms for the growing school.Â Today the school's program services those from Nursery 3 through Grade 6.Â The leadership of the school is prayerfully considering adding grades 7 through 12, if there is enough interested families.Â
Â The ABEKA curriculum, developed by Pensacola Christian College, offers the CCA students a solid foundation in both math and English.Â Smaller class sizes, providing individual attention, also help students excel through this traditional curriculum. CCA welcomes students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin.Â â€œWe limit our classes to 15 in our elementary division,â€ states Principal Carl Barr, â€œand we presently have room for additional student in most grades.â€Â
Central Christian Academy is located at 876 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY.Â For further information check the school's web site at http://ccadunkirk.orgÂ or call 366-6634.Â