The King’s Academy of Christ the King Lutheran Church recently received accreditation from the National Lutheran School Accreditation, (NLSA), as well as the Missouri Non-Public School Accreditation.
The extensive two-year accreditation process required the completion of self studies in a number of areas including curriculum, instruction, leadership, resources and personnel.  Committees were appointed for the studies consisting of instructors, board members and lay members of the Congregation.  Manuals were completed for many areas including the Academy’s strategic plan, board policy, curriculum for each grade, health and safety and wellness.  Major decisions in the last three years were identified as well as future goals.
The current school year brings the excitement of moving into new classrooms in the soon-to-be completed new sanctuary of Christ the King, as well as the addition of a new grade, fourth, and new teacher, Marissa Engelhart, who will teach a third and fourth grade class.
Present enrollment for the 2015-16 school year is 81 students, including pre-school through fourth grade, serving more than 60 families.  Nine families have two or more children enrolled.  A scholarship fund exists to assist families with tuition requirements.
The King’s Academy exists to provide academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment cultivating Christ-like character while developing mind, body and spirit.  The curriculum is well-rounded, integrating Bible stories and prayer with academics
taught by certified teachers. Elementary students participated in standardized “Sat 10” testing this past spring and results will be used to improve learning skills for students.  Technology has been identified and employed as one of the most important teaching assists.  Music, art, Spanish and physical education classes enhance learning opportunities. An After-Care program exists as a service to parents.
The King’s Academy has experienced rapid growth since it first preschool opened its doors in September, 2003, with two teachers and 16 students.  The first kindergarten classroom opened in 2012, first and second grades in 2013 and third grade was added in 2014.  This fall Christ the King will dedicate its new sanctuary with grades one through four already moved in and functioning in its lower level.
Current Administrator Rayleen Wilson has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri and 36 years teaching experience, including 26 years in the Osage School District.  Elaine Lehenbauer has served as Preschool Director since 2005.