Dear EMCA parents,
East Memorial Christian Academy has been providing a challenging education in a strong Christian environment for 16 years but has announced January 8, 2020 it will discontinue operations effective June 1, 2020 after graduation of the 2019/2020 class.
This decision has not been made quickly or lightly but after careful consideration of five years of declining enrollment it becomes evident that the small student population is unable to financially support another academic year. Even though the school brought in some professional assistance two years ago to look at all aspects of the school the recommendations were still not enough to continue for the long term. Though this is a difficult decision it is necessary at this time to give parents plenty of time to make decisions concerning their student’s education options.
With so many award winning education options in our area the private school market has become quite competitive. Parents have the choice of good public schools, numerous private schools and strong homeschool organizations in our area. Even though EMCA offers unique education and athletic opportunities the declining student population made the school financially unable to support itself.
The school office staff will remain on campus until June 30, 2020 to help parents find education alternatives and assist with records requests as needed. Also the office staff is available to assist any faculty that seeks employment elsewhere in the coming months.
Throughout these 16 years EMCA has graduated nearly 350 students, maintained higher ACT scores than the national average and the school has been recognized for many athletic and academic achievements.
Even though the school will be closing, both East Memorial Baptist Church and the East Memorial Baptist Church Preschool have remained strong and will continue to minister and provide services in the tri-county area.
East Memorial Baptist Church, which started the school as an outreach ministry, is experiencing a time of growth as it continues to offer solid biblical preaching, exalting music and bible based family, youth and children learning opportunities. The resources that have been used to support the school will now be used in other ministry avenues.
If you have any question please contact the school office at 334-358-4085 or the church office at 334-365-7500.
With much Prayer,
East Memorial Christian Academy Board
East Memorial Baptist Church Leadership Team