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3 and 4-Year Olds (PK3 & PK4)

Cathy Dotson, Ed.D.


Secretary: Jen Colwell


Office Phone Number

910-791-4248 Ext. 122

Wilmington Christian Academy, as a ministry of Grace Baptist Church, exists to assist parents in teaching students to glorify Jesus Christ in the pursuit of spiritual, academic, physical, and social excellence.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Day Camp

Enrichment Camps

Sports Camps


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Send in your Labels for Education and Box Tops to the school. We turn them in for free products.



Web Resources


Important Dates:

  • May 27 - K4 program @ 7
  • May 30 - Last day of school
  • June 2 - Summer Day Camp begins
  • August 8 - Last Day of Camp
  • August 20 - 1st Day of School
  • Sept. 25-26 - Fall Break
  • October 10 - Fall Carnival
  • October 24 - Grandparents' Day
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 4 - Christmas Break

Squirrel's Club and CiCi's Pizza Days:
  • Tuesday, May 13


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Preschool Faculty & Staff

Elementary Principal:
    Cathy Dotson, Ed.D.

Elementary Secretary:
    Miss Jen Colwell

    Mrs. IovannaMrs. Jung,
    Mrs. Boney

    Mrs. Attoe, Mrs. Harmon,
    Mrs. Herchenhahn, Mrs. Poe

    Mrs. Coats, Mrs. Lindquist,
    Miss Schmig

Teacher's Aides:
    Mrs. Benton, Mrs. Davis,
    Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. Luce,
    Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Croom

    Mr. Riffel

    Miss Pope

    Miss Estep

Physical Education:
    Mrs. Upton, Mr. Flaming

    Miss Robertson

    Mr. Riffel
    Mr. Ayers 


"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
                      Proverbs 22:6

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 Offering the highest quality care and education for 45 years! WCA offers a foundation that will last a lifetime!

Hundreds of children have experienced their earliest education at WCA since 1969, learning, growing and flourishing in God's grace. More than teaching alone, we have sought to shepherd the young. And in doing so, we have created a program that is as cherished as it is successful.

If you would like further information, please call the office weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 791-4248 ext. 122.

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Our program offers a unique, customized curriculum for each age level, as well as an art lab, music studio, a gym, and library. Our hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities target all aspects of early childhood development, while emphasizing the love of Jesus Christ. The exposure children receive to Bible, phonics, numbers, art, computers, music and movement, books and reading, physical education, science, and Spanish, provides a wealth of experiences for the children on which to build a solid educational foundation. Motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual awareness and critical thinking are taught through fun-filled lessons and activities. Our goal is to provide the highest quality program where loving kindness, gentleness, consistency, safety, and security are of utmost importance.


Our commitment to high standards is also reflected in the people who work at WCA. Our teachers are experienced, certified Early Childhood or Elementary Educators who receive ongoing training. We nurture the lasting bonds that develop between our faculty and families. Everyone that is employed by WCA has been fingerprinted and background checked.

Spiritual Approach

Our teachers include a daily Bible lesson, including songs, Bible stories, and scripture verses. Teachers also use this time to present life application lessons that connect to children's lives in a meaningful, age-appropriate way. /files/Preschool/Images/img_1833_Resized_300x200.jpgIn all of our curriculum, we pray that God will be perceived as our creator and in control of our lives and universe.


Children learn through play! WCA has two outdoor playgrounds that are used daily. During adverse weather conditions, the children play in the gymnasium with lots of balls and scooters. The teachers monitor all aspects of playground safety, and the equipment is continuously monitored to make certain that it is safe and properly maintained.

Lunch & Snacks

The kitchen facilities at WCA operate with a commercial license, so the NC Department of Environmental Health inspects our kitchen every three months. Our nutritious menus for snack time and lunch are planned using the USDA requirements for child care. Menu selections are based on a well-balanced choice of meat/proteins, vegetables, fruits, starch side dishes, whole grain breads, enriched or fortified cereals, and 100% fruit juices.

Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided for all the PK3 children. Only morning and afternoon snacks are provided for PK4 children. PK4 children have the option to bring a lunch or purchase a lunch.

Enrollment Age Requirements

The birthdate deadlines for our school year are as follows:
     PK3 - Children must be 3 and potty trained before starting.
     PK4 - Children must be 4 on or before August 31st to
               enter our 4's Program.

Discipline & Behavior Management

Praise and positive reinforcement are effective methods of the behavior management of children. When children receive positive, non-violent, and understanding interactions from adults and others, they develop good self-concepts, problem solving abilities, and self-discipline. WCA also uses time-out when a child does not respond to positive reinforcements. Numerous positive reinforcements are in place within each classroom.


Classroom computers and interactive white boards provide daily opportunities for technological fun.

  • All preschool classrooms have MIMIO Interactive whiteboards to aid in classroom curriculum and interactive learning. Hovercams are also in each classroom.
  • All preschool classrooms have ceiling mounted digital projectors.

We are taking the focus away from the technology itself and placing it directly on the learning and teaching it facilitates.  In their daily lessons, teachers can incorporate "field trips" to anywhere in the world. Students enjoy singing, reading, and interacting with online resources.

3-Year-Old Program (PK3)

The philosophy of our scripture-based curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. With the understanding that play is their "work", a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities help to prepare the children for future academic growth and development. Weekly themes are centered around letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. The students are introduced to phonics by learning all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. Children learn to identify these letters in their daily environment. Art, music, Spanish, and literature are integrated throughout their day. The children love to use the interactive white boards to enrich their academic time.

Cost: $100 Registration (This reserves the child's spot.)
          $152 Weekly Tuition (This covers the child as needed
                          from 6:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday- Friday.)








4-Year-Old Kindergarten Program (PK4)

The 4-year-old preschool program will introduce students to the basics of a kindergarten readiness program. Students are given a solid learning foundation in an enjoyable atmosphere, resulting in a desire to continue learning. Half-day and full-day programs are available.

Cost: $100 Registration
Part-time (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-noon)         $  90 per week
Full-time  (Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)  $152 per week

Phonics - As the year progresses, the children learn 44 basic sounds of the English language and apply their phonics skills to reading. Guided activities teach these young learners initial letter sounds and alphabet recognition. Phonemic awareness happens through practice, drill, and reinforcement. Children learn to read using a phonics based program.

Handwriting - These little ones will learn correct pencil holding position and paper placement. They will also learn to print upper case and lower case letters a-z and numerals 0-20. Activities teach many pre-writing skills, left to right, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and curved line tracking.

/files/Preschool/Images/Teaching2.jpgMathematics - Through various activities these “little ones” learn numbers, shape recognition and pattern sequencing. Measurement vocabulary is used to teach calendars, clocks, and coins.

Bible - Four-year-olds discover how to think, grow, know, and live "God’s way." Through Bible lessons, character stories, Bible verses, and memory work, the children learn Bible truths and how to apply those truths to their young lives.

Electives - Art, music, Spanish, and library are offered on a weekly basis.   

Extras - Traditional literature, realistic and fanciful prose, and poetry help develop good listening skills as well as vocabulary development and enrichment. Craft activities, songs, musical games, and stories are used to teach many of the heritage studies and science themes. Children learn concepts of God’s plan for the child and his family. Holidays, community helpers and patriotism are used to develop many exciting activities. Young learners study seasonal earth, plants, and animals. They enjoy activities which relate to seasons, family and the farm. Academic time is enriched through the use of interactive white boards.



Tip Tap Toe Class 






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  • Parent Day
  • Grandparents' Day
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Graduations
  • Special Dress-Up Days
  • Thanksgiving Program


  • Parent Teacher Fellowship
  • Fall Carnival
  • Jelly Beans Skate Night
  • Ice House Skate Night
  • Jungle Rapids Night
  • CiCi's Pizza Night

Preschoolers attend a weekly chapel program on Tuesday mornings. They love Pastor Monty!