In the late 1970’s, Christ Chapel obtained forty-four acres of land in eastern Prince William County, Virginia. The leadership of the church developed a vision of becoming a community worship center, a place where the Lord would be glorified in all ways. This vision included establishing a weekday Christian school as part of the church’s outreach ministry. On faith, Christ Chapel began building a new facility on the property, starting with a multipurpose sanctuary/gym and offices, adding new rooms as finances allowed.
In the fall of 1983, church administrator, Jon Elliott, along with two church members who were certified teachers, began working with Prince William County to obtain the necessary permits for developing a private Christian school. The county approved the permits In March of 1984.
Thus began a journey of faith, vision, and hard work, which has lead to the development of Christ Chapel Academy. The Director, Deborah Wolf, and assistant director, Debra Kalkman, spent the next six months planning and preparing for the opening of a preschool. Their efforts bore fruit and the Joyful Generation preschool began in September 1984.
In 1992, Christ Chapel embarked on their second educational outreach ministry, Christ Chapel Academy. Building on the philosophy of teaching the whole child (mind, body, emotions and spirit), the uniqueness of each child and his/her learning style, and the desire that each child’s gifts and talents be identified and developed, a kindergarten program was added to the existing preschool. Eight students were part of that first Christ Chapel Academy class.
In the fall of 1993, an existing full day educational childcare program was incorporated into Joyful Generation Preschool and Kindergarten. By January 1994, this program had nearly 100 children enrolled in it.
In 1994, the leadership of Christ Chapel approved the addition of grades 1 and 2 to the school program. Christ Chapel Academy became a member of the Association of Christian
Schools International in 1994, availing itself of the numerous resources the organization has that support Christian school development. Each year following 1994, one grade level was added to the program.
By the fall of 1998, with the addition of 6th grade and an enrollment nearing 200, the school was occupying all available classroom space in Christ Chapel. After prayerful consideration, the Board of Elders, led by Senior Pastor Bill Roberts, voted to expand the existing facility to allow for the development of a middle, and perhaps eventually, high school program.
At the beginning of the 1999 school year, the church leadership hired Mr. Frank Scotti to administrate and develop the secondary school program of Christ Chapel Academy. In October 1999, ground breaking took place for the addition of a new educational wing, which provides classroom space for 80 preschoolers and 13 elementary classrooms. The new wing was dedicated on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 2000. The original educational wing was remodeled and with the beginning of the 2001 school year, middle school students had a corridor just for their use. The remodeling process also included the development of a state of the art computer lab, a fully equipped science lab, a school library, and a spacious music room.
Christ Chapel Academy was accredited by the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools in August of 2003.
In June of 2005, Reverend Paul Miklich became the administrator of Christ Chapel Academy. The long time vision of offering a complete secondary program at CCA became a reality when in the fall of 2006, 9th grade was added to the school program. In the fall of 2007, 10th and 11th grade were offered at the school, with the expectation that in June of 2009, Christ Chapel Academy would celebrate its first high school graduation.
In the fall of 2008, Christ Chapel Academy opened its doors to a new, state of the art, high school addition. The school shares these facilities with the Woodbridge Campus of Valley Forge Christian College. Students enrolled in grades 10-12 are eligible for dual enrollment in high school and college classes allowing for graduating high school seniors to complete up to 21 hours of college credit upon receiving their high school diplomas.
The Lord has richly blessed the vision of Christ Chapel to be a lighthouse to the Eastern Prince William County community through the education of children and youth. At the dawn of the 21st century, it exists to provide a high quality, Christ centered, biblically based education in which students can grow in wisdom, in stature, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord in order that they may extend the servant life of Christ to their community and the world.