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Teacher standing in front of his students

Grace Academy is seeking applications for the 2023-2024 school year for a Substitute Teacher. Substitutes are need for all grade levels. Applicants should be professionally qualified candidates, willing to invest in the lives of their students, and who, by the evidence of their lives, are Christian role models.

Recent picture of the class of 1993 at their 30 year reunion

Recently the class of 1993 planned their 30 year reunion. One of their classmates, Todd Carver, arranged a tour for the class at the Old Broadway School. It was the first time the class met together in 30 years. 

Picture of the Grace Academy at the "Old Broadway School"

Grace Academy was established on December 1, 1976, in the four-room Downsville schoolhouse. With only five students enrolled, Mary Michael set out to develop a school where academic excellence and Christian character were a priority. Within six years, five students multiplied to over one hundred, and more students called for more space. In 1983, Grace Academy found a new home at the "old Broadway School," giving Grace the room it needed to expand and include all grades from K-12. The '83-'84 school year began with much anticipation as Grace Academy opened its doors to high school students for the first time, and it was in that year Grace Academy would hold its very first graduation ceremony. We recently had the privilege of interviewing Grace Academy's first graduate, Pamela Baldacchino (Crowner).

Amanda's senior picture

Amanda Sweeney, a 2023 graduate of Grace Academy, was awarded the Founders Scholarship from Waynesburg University. Amanda attended Grace Academy from K4 through 12th grade and was a three sport athlete throughout her high school career. She will be attending Waynesburg University in the fall and will be playing on the women's soccer team. 

Student zip-lining

Over the Potomac River, through the woods, nestled right into the side of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains sits Pine Creek Retreat Center.  The changing colors of leaves,  abundance of sunshine, and scenic mountain views made a lovely location to host Grace Academy's first ever, combined, Upper School Retreat.  

Seniors posing in front of the bus before leaving for the senior trip

The senior mission trip has been a long-time tradition of Grace Academy.  In recent years, our senior class has partnered with local missionary organization La MANO of HOPE, to travel to places such as Costa Rica and Punta Gorda.  This year's trip took twelve seniors and seven chaperones to Quito, Ecuador - smack dab on the equator.  They encountered the ever changing weather of the Andes Mountains, altitudes of over 10,000 feet, and long days of serving the community of El Ejercito.