Members of Little Flock Baptist Church started praying in 1994 for their church to open a Christian school whose mission would be to provide “the right worldview and essential truths for life so that children may be prepared to assume their proper place in the home, the church, and the state”. With the help of Pastor Ron Shaver, Associate Pastor Kevin Hamm, and other key individuals, the idea became reality. On August 20, 1995, the church commissioned Little Flock Christian Academy into service. A board of directors was appointed to oversee the organization and implementation of the school during the summer of 1995. The original board members were Dr. Greg Cecil, Fern Woods, Dale Carrier, Karen Cravens, Ron Shaver, and Kevin Hamm.
The classes began in the children’s wing of the church with half-day kindergarten through the third grade using the ABeka curriculum. Karen Cravens was the first Principal. The staff was made up of four teachers, including Anne Gipson, the current Assistant Principal. Recess and P.E. were conducted in the hallways, and lunch was observed in one of the classrooms. The school shared the church library. The school moved to the church’s new activities building in April of 1997, where it enjoyed larger classrooms, a kitchen, and a gymnasium.
In 1998, Jeff Rafferty took over as Principal, and the school had grown to include grades K through 5. LFCA joined the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in 1999.
Cathy Michels became the Principal in 2000 and remained until 2008. The school advanced and grew during her tenure. The following are a few of the highlights:
- in 2000, the addition of classrooms 501-504
- probably the most significant event was the formation of the missions program in 2001, which aligns with our core beliefs and teaches our students and parents the value of considering others before self
- in 2001, the first 8th grade graduation
- in 2003, the athletics program was started with basketball and volleyball (Jennifer Lamkin was the first Athletic Director)
- in 2004, Anne Gipson started serving as Assistant Principal
- in 2005, the computer lab was established with donations from the United Parcel Service (UPS)
- in 2005, the God Rock Cafe (lunch program) was started, featuring hot meals
- in 2005, the addition of classroom 608
- in 2006, the addition of classrooms 609 and 611
Mrs. Michels was followed by Interim Principal Brian Trees for the 2008-2009 school year. He initiated the formation of a Parent-Teacher Organization during that year to provide support for the classrooms and build relationships between teachers and parents.
Rick Grice became the Principal in 2009 and still serves in that capacity. The kindergarten class was extended to an all-day program in 2009. A library, exclusively for the school, opened in the 2009-2010 school year in room 609. It was moved to a new location (room 501) in 2012 and moved again to its present location in 2017. The computer lab was moved to room 611 in 2011 in order to expand equipment and operating space and to be close to the library. In 2013, the computer lab was moved to room 503, above the library, in order to form a Media Center that is more accessible to students, teachers, and parents. The Media Center concept has resulted in the heavier use of technology and media by classroom teachers. Since the center was formed, classrooms have been equipped with digital projectors, document cameras, tablets, SMART projectors, and Chromebooks. In 2016, our middle school became fully 1 to 1 (1 device for every 1 student) with Chromebooks. These advances in technology use led to the creation of a full-time Technology Coordinator position in 2017.
A written curriculum was developed in 2010 and has been continuously revised since then, which has led to the adoption of other textbooks and materials besides ABeka. Clubs were added to the curriculum in the 2009-2010 school year and meet during school hours once a month. Clubs are evaluated each year and adjusted according to interest and availability of resources.
The playground was added in 2010. The gymnasium was renovated in 2012, which included a new floor, new lights, wall repair, and a large LFCA lion painted on the wall. A soccer/football field was finished in 2014. New locker rooms, new restrooms, a new library, and extensive renovations to the theater were completed in 2017. The school completed 20 years of service at the end of the 2014-2015 year and spent the 2015-2016 year in celebration of that milestone.
High school classes were made available during the 2014-2015 school year using the SevenStar Academy resources. LFCA graduated our first high school student in May of 2017.
The school began to pursue accreditation through ACSI in 2008 for grades K through 8 but did not become a candidate until 2013 after the school board officially decided to apply. The school was officially accredited by ACSI (which is recognized by the KY Department of Education) in 2016. Accreditation assists the school in becoming a better provider of academic and spiritual education for our families by holding it accountable and recognizing its accomplishments.
In addition to membership and accreditation with ACSI (and by extension the KY Department of Education), LFCA has become a member of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools and has been accredited by the National Association of Private Schools.