Loudoun County teens will soon have another option for a Christian education.
County Christian School, which has operated for 39 years, is expanding to open County Christian High School. The school will enroll ninth- through 12th-graders and officially opens its doors for the first day of the academic year Aug. 27.
The expansion comes at just the right time, said Kenneth Kincaid, the school’s vice principal and athletics director. Since the school’s beginning, it’s operated in partnership with Christian Fellowship Church. Within the next two years, the church will move from its building on Beaumeade Circle in Ashburn to a new campus just a few miles east, along Russell Branch Parkway.
Kincaid said the school’s leaders had been considering separating from the church to operate independently and relocating to a new facility. The church’s decision to move and sell its building was just the nudge the school needed. Until the school finds a new home, it will continue operating out of the church’s Ashburn campus.
“We’ve had this vision for a while now to move a few miles away—not too far that we lose any of our current students but where students living in southern and western Loudoun can access us easier,” he said. “The timing is right.”
County Christian High School will closely follow the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education, as well as the Loudoun County Public Schools suggested curriculum. A standard diploma will require 22 credit hours, but students will also be encouraged to pursue an advanced diploma with 26 credits.
The school is partnering with Liberty University to offer students dual enrollment courses, which will allow interested juniors and seniors to pursue an associate arts degree while earning their diploma.
Kincaid said the school has hired several new teachers who will work with some of the current staff to shape the high school curriculum, including two career engineers and a professor from George Mason University.
The high school is hoping to cast its net wide and even draw international students. School administrators have noticed a demand from overseas from families who want to give their children a Christian education in an American setting. The school held a summer camp for students from China, and Kincaid expects at least a couple may end up enrolling in the school.
“It is our hope to become an international Christian school,” he said. “It’s a two-fold purpose: to provide an excellent education and to evangelize without having to become overseas missionaries. We’re bringing the mission field to us.”
Another milestone for the school is joining the Virginia High School League and offering a full slate of sports starting in its first year. Fall sports include boys soccer, girls volleyball and co-ed cross country; boys and girls basketball will be offered in the winter; and co-ed track and girls soccer will be offered in the spring.
Kincaid said County Christian has had a history of athletic success at the middle school level. In the past three years in the Northern Virginia Independent Athletic Conference, it’s taken home championships in girls soccer, cross-country, basketball and flag football.
Much of Kincaid’s 41 years working in education has been spent coaching student athletes. During his 34 years teaching in public schools, he was the head football coach at Chantilly High School, WT Woodson High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He’s helped lead County Christian for seven years.
“I loved my career in public education. At the same time there was always a part of me that wondered what it would be like to work in a Christian school setting,” he said, “and it’s been everything I hoped for and more.”
County Christian High School will hold open house sessions 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Tuesday, Aug. 21. See details at countychristianschool.org.