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  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016
    BCA partnering with university for online courses
    Brenham Christian Academy (BCA) officials have announced a new partnership with Liberty University (LU).
     
    LU, located in Lynchburg, Va., currently partners with 36 Christian schools across the United States, including three schools in Texas.

    This partnership allows BCA to offer an array of online courses to complement the traditional teacher-directed courses already provided on the BCA campus.
     
    “Liberty University is a great partner for us because all the online courses are taught from a Christian world view, said Charles Loyd, head of BCA.
     
    “This partnership allows us to take advantage of technology to infuse over 50 online courses into our high school program, including opportunities for our students to earn college credit while completing their high school graduation plan.
     
    “This is a great savings of time and money for students and parents.”
     
    The LU/BCA partnership combines the benefits of technology with the advantages of Christian education in a local school, offering sports, student interaction and other traditional Christian school activities, Loyd added.
     
    The combination allows working parents to provide an educational experience for their child that is customized for the individual student, yet administered by the local school, he said.
     
    The curriculum is designed to reinforce the character qualities of self-motivation, personal responsibility, honesty, timeliness and more.
     
    The students, under the supervision and guidance of BCA content specialists, will be able to progress through their coursework at BCA’s on-campus computer labs or at home.
     
    Required time on campus can be more flexible — as short as a few hours per week or as much as full days (typically 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) depending on the needs of the students and parents.
     
    This new program will allow BCA to continue to offer a true high school experience to the students as well as providing the facilities, supervision, grading and tutelage necessary for each student to grow and flourish in a safe, nurturing environment.
     
    Beginning in grade 8, online courses will be gradually added to the course schedule. Students in grade 8 will take one online course (out of seven) under the supervision of an ACSI certified teacher who can monitor their progress and help them adjust to the online format.
     
    Students in grade 9 will take two or three online courses. Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will take more online courses as needed to earn their high school credits.
     
    Some courses will continue to be taught in a traditional classroom setting by BCA’s ACSI certified teachers.
     
    In grades 11 and 12, the options for students increase. In addition to traditional and online courses for high school credit, students will have two ways to simultaneously earn college credit, as well.
     
    Students can take LU online dual enrollment courses (high school and cllege level/credit courses) or Blinn dual credit courses (the student would have to travel to the local Blinn campus to take these courses).
     
    Under the new partnership with LU, the tuition and fees for students in grades 11 and 12 will be about 40 percent less than they have been historically at BCA.
     
    Brenham Christian Academy is a pre-K through 12th grade independent multi-denominational school committed to providing a classic liberal arts and sciences education that is Christian at its core and college preparatory in its focus.
     
    A BCA education is designed to prepare the next generation of servant leaders for our communities, churches, and the world through an academically challenging curriculum that is delivered from a biblical worldview, developing strong moral character in every student, BCA officials said.
     
    A result of the new partnership with LU, BCA can offer students the flexibility to study at their own pace, from home and/or at school, while retaining a level of structure and support that will help them achieve their educational goals, BCA officials said.
     
    More information is available by contacting Leigh Linden at 830-8480 or email at llinden@brenhamchristian.org.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press