Math Team Competes at Auburn University

Alabama Christian Academy’s math team consisting of eight 8th grade math students participated in the fall Middle School AMP'd Challenge at Auburn University. Team members included Gracie Shaddix, Reece Solar, Jackson Duke, Timothy Jones, MinGue Park, Austin and Andrew Lin, and Nicholas Lacy. The competition consisted of 12 logic and reasoning challenges designed by masters and doctoral students at Auburn University to encourage involvement in higher level mathematics in a fun, exciting way instead of just memorizing algorithms. Out of 12 participating teams, ACA’s team finished in 3rd place.

ACA's Math Team is shown here with their sponsor, Mrs. Lynne Smith, at the Auburn University AMP'ed Challenge - Austin Lin, Gracie Shaddix, MinGue Park, Andrew Lin, Nicholas Lacy, Timothy Jones, Mrs. Lynne Smith, Jackson Duke and Reece Solar.

October 18, 2014

Elementary Pirate Math Night a Success!

Alabama Christian Academy held the first annual Elementary Math Night this week. Under the guidance of Math Coach, Lynne Smith, the Elementary opened its doors for fun and games with math at the focus with a pirate theme. Each teacher and child was encouraged to dress up and participate in the evening by following a treasure map to find games in each classroom that concentrated on basic math skills, math strategy, and interactive learning to build enthusiasm and confidence in math abilities. Out of 266 current elementary students, 190 were present for the evening with their parents and siblings to participate in the fun and games.

Mrs. Smith notes: “It has been my dream that one day I could see students having fun with math. Our Pirate Math Night was like a dream come true! Students were engaging in meaningful math learning experiences and having fun at the same time. My objective as Math Coach is to creative a more positive attitude about math and prove that each student can do math!” Thanks to Publix and Coca-Cola for their generous contributions to the event!

" ACA Elementary teachers strive to make learning fun and enjoy a photo op during the school's first annual Math Night."

October 16, 2014

Cross Country Team Medals at Auburn Meet

After Alabama Christian Academy naming a new head coach for the Cross Country team this year, Mrs. Melinda Estes, the Eagles cross country team has advanced to state and they are currently ranked second in their section. At the recent Auburn meet, the Tiger Classic, the JV Eagles team brought home four medals. For the girls: Marlo Duggan - 1st place and Madison Parker - 7th place and for the boys: Judd Hardin - 3rd place and Tristan Smith - 4th place. The Eagles will leave for sectionals in Mobile on October 30th.

"Three of the Eagles Cross Country medalists celebrate following the awards ceremony - (L-R) seventh graders Marlo Duggan and Judd Hardin, and eighth grader Tristan Smith. "

October 12, 2014

Elementary Participates in MDA Fundraiser

Alabama Christian Academy Elementary Principal, Doug Black, was “arrested” to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As part of the fundraiser, Mr. Black challenged his elementary students in grades K4-5th to bring “bail” money to assist the MDA. The elementary students spent the week learning about ALS and the MDA’s efforts to fight the disease and at the end of the week enjoyed seeing the police officers take Mr. Black away in a police car after raising over $1700 in just one week.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is committed to fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and related diseases, as well as supporting those afflicted with muscular disorders. The disease is characterized by a progressive weakening of skeletal muscles, defects in muscle proteins and the death of muscle tissue, according to MDA’s website at

ACA is committed to providing all students, from kindergarten to high school seniors, an opportunity to serve the needs of others. As part of a well-rounded education, ACA’s mission is to prepare its students through service opportunities, as well as in the classroom – to thrive in wisdom and serve in spirit.

October 3, 2014

Eighteen Students Nominated for Duke TIP Program

Alabama Christian Academy has recognized 18 seventh grade students that qualify to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth.
The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high-ability students, offering qualifying seventh grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams alongside high school students.
Since 1980, Duke TIP has identified over 2 million seventh graders based on standardized test scores. The program is dedicated to being a national leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support the development of each student’s optimal educational potential.
“ACA is proud of these eighteen students who qualified for the Duke TIP program this year,” said Secondary High School Principal Doug Prater. “As a college-preparatory school, we recognize that there is great importance in having our kids exposed at an early age to college-entrance exams and increasing the college-readiness among students for their future academic success.”
The qualifying ACA students are:
Braxton Bonner, Leanna Bruner, Kyra Caspari, Logan Clark, Madison Davis, Aidan Dickson,
Marlo Duggan, Judson Hardin, Coleman Harrison, Dylan Hilliard, Elise Jackson, Daniel King, Gavin Lyle, David Mimm, Chad Moody, Kinish Serna-Martiniz, Emily Thornton, and Jashaun Todd.

September 30, 2014

Message from ACA Board of Directors

As most of you experienced, we attempted twice to send you a link to a survey last night. Neither attempt was successful due to technical issues. We have not been able to determine exactly what prevented the access to the survey.
The survey is intended to give our stakeholders an opportunity for input into the selection of a new president for ACA. Here is a link to the survey:
This link is uniquely tied to this survey and your email address.

September 24, 2014

Seven ACA Students Receive AP Scholar Awards

Seven Alabama Christian Academy students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams. Two of these seven students, Ivey Best and Steven Evans, were recipients of the AP Scholar with Honor award for scoring a 3 or higher on four or more exams. Ivey is a 2014 graduate of ACA and is currently a freshman at the University of Alabama. Steven Evans also graduated in 2014 and is at Troy University this year. Ivey and Steven both took AP exams in English Literature and Composition, European History, US Government and US History.

Mitch Moody, ACA’s Class of 2014 Salutatorian, earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Distinction for receiving a 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken, with a 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams. Mitch was also a National Merit Scholarship recipient and now attends Auburn University. He scored a 5, which is considered the maximum score, on 3 of his exams - English Literature and Composition, US History and European History. Mitch also took exams in US Government and Calculus.

Class of 2014 graduates Dalton Turner, Stewart Torode, Marlee Morgan (ACA's 2014 Valedictorian) and John Rodgers all received the AP scholar recognition for scoring a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. John and Marlee are both currently attending Auburn University and Stewart and Dalton are freshman at Auburn University - Montgomery.

Currently, Alabama Christian Academy offers enrollment in six AP courses in the areas of English Literature and Composition, Calculus, Biology, European History, US Government and US History. Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that these exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

September 10, 2014

Bass Fishing Team Wins District Tournament

Alabama Christian Academy's Bass Fishing Team recently won their first District Qualifying tournament at Lake Mitchell. In this tournament, student angler Justin Glass won first place with Wes Gallops bringing in the Big Fish of the Day. The team's next tournament is September 20th on Lake Martin.

In the 2013-2014 school year, ACA joined the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association (ASABFA) and after only one season, the team received a ticket to the ASBFA State Tournament. ACA is the first school in Montgomery to offer a Bass Fishing team for student athletes grades 7-12. The bass fishing team provides opportunities to promote angler education, excellence in areas of leadership and personal and educational development, while fostering an appreciation of the great outdoors and the love of bass fishing. The team will also protect and promote the preservation of the sport's natural resources by participating in community conservation projects and initiatives.

Pictured are Wes Gallops with Big Fish of the day and Justin Glass - 1st place winner.


September 1, 2014

Announcement from ACA's Board of Trustees

With President Sewell’s decision to accelerate his retirement date to November 30, 2014, the Board has adjusted its short and long-term focus for the search of a new President. We also wanted to take this opportunity to update our stakeholders.
First, the Board has been diligently praying about and planning for how the school will be led during the remainder of this school year. We have developed and prioritized viable options and are actively pursuing them. Depending on the results of that work, we hope to announce a decision very soon. At this time, we do not expect to identify and hire a long-term President who is available to join the ACA family mid-year.
Second, as has been previously announced, the Board has formed a transition committee to lead the search for a new President. This committee is made up of Al Crosby, Mitch Henry, Tom McGilberry, Brian Mitchell and Bobby Rives. The committee hopes soon to share the Board’s vision for the leadership qualities ACA will seek in its new President, and then begin the application process.
This is an exciting time at ACA.  Achievement and progress are everywhere. In Fine Arts, this spring our band received straight superior ratings with distinction at the district MPA and our chorus received superior comments (the highest honors in our district) during their performances. Athletically, recent graduates have moved on to compete at the next level, two of which are at Division 1 schools. Academically, our students continue to shine. A 2014 ACA graduate recently received the honor of being named a National Merit Scholar, one of the most prestigious national academic recognitions possible. Actual enrollment numbers for 2014-2015 have exceeded projections. Financially, we have tightened our belts like most schools, families and businesses over the last few years, but have still satisfied all of our long-term debt. And we give all praise to God for those and the many other ways He has blessed ACA. 
Changes in leadership can understandably bring new challenges and a degree of anticipation. Even though President Sewell is retiring, we remain blessed with the strong leaders and devoted faculty who have previously surrounded him and worked tirelessly for ACA. But thankfully, our ultimate Leader is not changing and does not change. We are in a position to receive tremendous blessings as everyone joins together to contribute our best and we are excited about the future. We thank you for the countless prayers that have been offered up on this matter, and the Board asks that you all continue to join us in praying to God for wisdom, discernment and joy as we work through the next few months.

August 20, 2014

Student Named National Merit Winner

Mitch Moody, a 2014 graduate of Alabama Christian Academy (ACA), was named as a Winner in the 2014 National Merit® Scholarship competition.

Moody was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Spanish National Honor Society for 2012-2014, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and was the Vice President for the Student Government Association. He also received first-place awards in ACA’s AP European History, Honors English 10, AP American History, and Physics. Moody served as an officer of the 2013-14 Seven to Serve club, the Model United Nations(MUN) for the past 4 years, took part in the MUN leadership team in 2011-12, serving as the secretary general during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. In addition, he received first place for the Nation Building Committee at the Lamp Invitational Model United Nations Conference in 2012-2013. He was a member of SALT (Student Action Leadership Team).

In 2013, Moody was a senator at Alabama Boy's State and participated in the Dixie Electric Montgomery Youth Tour and Bridge Builders Alabama. He has been in the ACA Marching Band since 2010 and was the section leader for trombones and baritones this year. He is an active member of Thorington Road Baptist Church and has spent time volunteering at House Representative Martha Roby's Montgomery office and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

After being named one of 15,000 student Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition this past spring, Moody as a winner, was awarded one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million. He will be attending Auburn University this fall.

July 12, 2014


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