Plant City Courier

Faith-based school outgrows its campus, relocates to larger quarters

By Dave Nicholson | Tribune Staff
Published: December 24, 2014 | Updated: December 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

PLANT CITY Nicole Williams saw her dream come true when she founded a faith-based school in 2012.

She’s calling it a blessing from God that Faith Christian Academy has grown so much that it recently had to relocate to larger quarters.

“I didn’t expect it to grow so fast,” she said. “God has been so good to us.”

Faith Academy moved this month to a downtown building with 7,000 square feet of space at 301 N. Palmer St. The school formerly occupied about 2,000 square feet at Plant City United Pentecostal Church.

Williams started out with just four students at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. She’s up to 60 students and counting.

She said several factors contributed to the growth, including the addition of sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes, an after school program, special needs student programs and the availability of scholarships to help parents pay tuition.

Now that the school has larger quarters, she hopes to add a ninth grade as early as next school year, so she can offer education from kindergarten through the beginning of the high school years.

Williams said recreation is currently taking place indoors but a playarea will open soon.

The school has a staff of five teachers, two support employees and two after-school program workers. The school features the 3 Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic – in a Christian atmosphere that includes daily devotions.