In September 1984, County Road Baptist School opened its doors in the church facilities of County Road Baptist Church in New Limerick. This was the result of the vision of a small group of church members who desired to see children educated from the perspective of God’s Word. In 1993, the school came under new leadership with Mark B. Jago (now our Head of School Emeritus) and changed its name to County Road Christian School to make the school more available to families of other Bible-believing churches. In October 1995, County Road Christian School became Greater Houlton Christian Academy (to become known locally as “The Academy”) and was incorporated as an independent, non-profit Christian School association of parents and members.
The Lambert School building on School Street in downtown Houlton was purchased in 1996 for only $1.00. The association took out a substantial loan to renovate the building, which was paid off completely in 2005. Thousands of hours of volunteer work, contracted labor and many love gifts from interested and caring friends transformed the building into the Academy’s new home.
GHCA experienced great growth at its new location, adding students and programs. A dream was fulfilled in 2010 when the school achieved a ten-year accreditation with both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In that same year the school became fully approved by the State of Maine Department of Education. The future vision for the Academy is expressed in a Five-Year Strategic Plan (2011-2015) which maps the vision of the school in the areas of academic excellence and financial stability.
Our twentieth class graduated in June, 2012. They join about 100 alumni who have passed through our halls and now making a difference in the world.