WCA History

Whitefish Christian Academy

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820 Ashar Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

WCA History

In 1979, a small group of Christian parents met together, determined to provide a distinctly Christian education for their children. Out of those discussions came the seeds of a vision that would ultimately enrich the Whitefish community for decades to come - a small Christian elementary school named Cross Currents Christian School (later renamed to Whitefish Christian Academy in 2007).

The vision of those first parents took shape just weeks after that first meeting as the school hired Lynda Nelson to be its first teacher. The first Preschool and Kindergarten classes were held in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Whitefish in January 1980.

By the fall of that same year, the school had expanded to include a graded program through the fourth grade. By the fall of 1983, the school had a complete elementary program through the sixth grade and employed 7 full time teachers.

As the enrollment and the educational program grew, the school moved to Christ Lutheran Church where classes were held from 1985-1989. In 1989, the gift of property on Ashar Avenue was made by two generous benefactors.  Through a capital campaign which raised $300,000 and the generosity of a local contractor, the school was able to start construction.  Additional classrooms were added to the facility in 1996. 

In 2005 the board decided that the school would become a classical academy.  As a result of that decision, the name of the school was later changed to Whitefish Christian Academy to more accurately reflect the direction of the school and its classical model of education. 

Today that tradition of academic excellence and strong Christian values is stronger than ever. WCA remains firmly committed to rigorous academics, low student-to-teacher ratios to allow for individualized attention to each student, a strong emphasis on integrating God’s word into every subject, and a family-oriented atmosphere where children and parents can thrive.  We remain committed to the education of the whole person (body, mind and spirit). This is why we exist, this is why we remain passionate about Christian education.

It all started with ordinary Christians who believed in Christian education and were willing to give their time, their talents, and their treasure to make the vision of a Christian school in Whitefish a reality.  WCA remains faithful to the vision of those early founding families.  Through its long history, WCA has been a testimony to the sacrifice of people who believe firmly in our vision.