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James Run Christian Academy

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We welcome you to take a closer look at James Run ... a school that is guiding each student to glorify God, growing each student for life, and grounding each student with a Biblical worldview.

Our Mission

The mission of James Run Christian Academy is to glorify Jesus Christ by educating our students to the full extent of their God-given abilities.

  • Our Mission
  • Our Purpose
  • Statement of Faith
  • Our History
  • Faculty and Staff
  • School Profile
  • Expected Student Outcomes
  • Accreditation and Affiliations
  • Non-discrimination Policy
  • Testimonials

We accomplish this by offering a challenging and diverse college preparatory curriculum in a Christian private school setting dedicated to respect, reveal, and develop the inherent dignity and worth of each individual student in a dynamic as well as nurturing environment.

Our Purpose

The purpose of James Run Christian Academy is to provide an academic program at the high school level through a traditional teacher/classroom setting in the context of traditional Judaic-Christian values and behavior.

With this purpose in mind, our program offers academic excellence consisting of thorough instruction in the basic disciplines, the development of sound study habits, and the opportunity to be challenged by increasingly complex subject matter -- all integrated with a Biblical worldview. Our supplemental co-curricular programs benefit the overall development of each student's intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development.

Our Statement of Faith

James Run Christian Academy was founded and functions upon the basic fundamental principles of the Word of God.  The following statements of faith are held by every James Run Christian Academy employee and are acknowledged by each school family.

  1. We believe the Bible (defined as the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments), to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15; II Peter 1:21).
  2. We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:29; John 10:30).
  3. We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrew 2:9), His resurrection (John 11:25; I Corinthians 15:4), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
  4. We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone we are saved (John 3:16-19; 5:24; Romans 3:23; 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:9-10; Titus 3:5).
  5. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
  6. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28).
  7. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13-14; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).
  8. We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith alone, and that faith without works is dead. (Ephesians 2:8; James 2:17).

Our History

Through the support of many churches, volunteers, parents, students, and community organizations our school began in 1995 with the vision of providing a Christian education to students in a high school setting.

James Run Christian Academy became a parent owned independent Christian school with its own board in 1998, and graduated its first class in 1999. The name James Run Christian Academy was chosen by the students of the school, because of its proximity to the James Run Stream.

In 2006, Bel Forest Christian Academy and Church in Bel Air, MD extended an invitation to partner with them.   Together, this partnership provides a system of Christian education covering students from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Our Faculty and Staff

Because of the quality and experience of our faculty, and the personal instruction and guidance given, we believe that students will find a challenging and balanced academic program at James Run.

Caroline Spivey – Board Chair.
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Dawn Groff – Academic Director.
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Terry Cieslak – Operations Director.
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MarieJune Abergos – Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
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Nicholas Fontanez – U.S. History, Geography, World History, Government.
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Kimberly Justus – Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus.
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David Mackie – Bible, Chapel Leader.
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Barbara McLaughlin – English, Literature, Spanish Foreign Language.
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Pam Schaffer – Administrative Assistant.
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School Profile

Our graduates go on to attend a variety of colleges and universities where they report being well prepared for their studies.

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Expected Student Outcomes

Each of our students is a treasure created by a loving heavenly Father.  We assist our students in reaching their greatest potential through Christ-centered academic, moral and spiritual instruction. As we believe that all are called to live their lives in accordance with the example set by Christ, our students are instructed in the virtues of honesty, integrity, charity, responsibility, justice, trustworthiness and respect for others as well as themselves.

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Accreditation and Affiliations

James Run is a member of Association for Christian Schools International and Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association .

Currently, James Run is beginning the process of accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

James Run operates under a Certificate of Approval for Non-public Schools (#3725) from the Maryland State Board of Education.

Our Non-discrimination Policy

James Run Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or other school administered programs.


Take a look at what a JRCA student and parent have to say about James Run Christian Academy.

JRCA Student
I am entering my second year at JRCA. Overall, JRCA is a family striving daily to grow to be more Christ-like. The students here are welcoming, and just fun to be around! The teachers show that they care about my academic growth as well as my spiritual growth.  God has blessed me with a great environment at James Run.

JRCA Parent
When we enrolled our son at James Run Christian Academy, we were seeking a school we could partner with that had spiritual content, high academic standards, and a family atmosphere; we found these key principles and more at JRCA!