BCA debuts new high school facility

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent


This chemistry lab is part of the new facility at Burlington Christian Academy. [Kaitlyn Parham / Times-News correspondent

 On Jan. 22, ninth- through 12th-grade students at Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) entered the newly constructed high school facility for the first time, fulfilling a dream that the school has been working toward for more than four years.
BCA opened as an elementary school in the fall of 1978 with a humble 25 students and three faculty members. In 2006, the high school was established, and has flourished greatly in the past decade. The high school alone consists of more than 150 students, and around 20 faculty members. The school began a silent campaign in 2013 and publicly announced in 2016 that it planned to build a new high school building to add much needed space, expand its Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, and create a centralized location for students and teachers — and that goal has finally been attained.
Construction has taken place since last summer, and the facility has been long awaited by not only BCA students, but staff and faculty as well. The new building features 15 new classrooms, including two advanced science labs that include preparation/cleaning areas and a visual arts room. Another prime aspect of the new high school development is a spacious multi-purpose room for student group work, study sessions and school meetings. Students will now have majority of their classes in a common building on campus enhancing their high school experience and peer relationships.
Dana Smith, a chemistry teacher at BCA, remarks that she is “very thankful to be in her new, state-of-the-art classroom,” as she has a secure area and the proper equipment to teach using labs and experiments.
“It is exciting to see the reactions of my students to the gases given off or the precipitate being formed … all while feeling safe.”
The new facility also includes a well-furnished weight room with extensive fitness equipment for students’ physical education courses. The fitness room can be used in students’ free time or for sports training.
Sachit Kumar, a senior at BCA, said he is “really looking forward to using the new weight room to help (him) prepare for track season,” as he has already visited the new gym several times.
A formal ribbon cutting ceremony with the Alamance Chamber of Commerce will be held at the new facility at 1:30 p.m. March 20.

Kaitlyn Parham is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & 20s writer.

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