Jennie Bensen, a 1997 Mountainside Christian Academy graduate and former teacher at the school, is now its principal.
continued The school has as a strong commitment to Christianity.
“We integrate God’s word into each academic subject and teach our classes from a Biblical worldview,” Bensen said. “This, together with influential teachers who are building into the students’ lives spiritually, make the school culture one that is unique and distinctly Christian.”
Each year Mountainside selects a theme. This academic year it’s HANDS — help a neighbor do something.
“We’re forming ideas how to serve and be a help in the community, in each family and in our church,” Bensen said. “We hope students learn to look for opportunities to help others and help whenever possible.”
Enrollment at Mountainside has grown the past two academic years, reaching 61 students.
“We’re pleased to have 61 students, although out goal is 75,” Bensen said. “Enrollment is our biggest challenge.”
With enrollment dropping at all schools — public and private — in the region, how can Mountainside attract new students?
“Well, there’s a lot of prayer; we pray a lot,” Bensen said. “We’re also trying to tap into some of the circles in the community more prone to Christian education.
“We’re also trying to open our school to home-school students,” she said. “We have home-school students taking classes and participating in special events, like sports, at Mountainside. We have some home-school students on our soccer teams and will have some on our basketball teams.”
Mountainside Christian Academy has been successful in fund raising, Bensen said, and is fiscally sound. In fact, this year the school added a new teaching position, she pointed out.
While Bensen is the school administrator, she’s also a teacher. She teaches three classes a day — English, math and vocabulary, spelling and speech.
“I stay busy,” she said. “It’s a full day.”