San Jacinto Christian Academy began as a ministry of San Jacinto Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor David Walker. Pastor Walker and a group of parents thought there must be a better way to educate children. From their vision, fervent prayers and dedicated work, San Jacinto Christian Academy opened its doors in August 1982 with a couple of grades.
Originally, the school was a ministry of San Jacinto Baptist Church governed by a separate self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. As the church and school both grew, new leadership came to both organizations. During these periods of growth, the church and school competed for facility space. The church eventually built a new location in a different part of the city. Over a period of time, the school Board of Trustees decided it was in the best interest of the school to become independent of the sponsoring church. Since that time, the church and school have maintained a good relationship. The church remains supportive of the school’s mission.
During the school’s thirty-four year history, God has been gracious to provide great administrators called to complete a specific task. These administrators include…
Dr. Sarah Archer 1982-1987 Built a foundation of excellence
Mr. Carl Swindell 1987-1992 Led the effort to earn the ACSI Accreditation
Mr. Pete Hubbart 1992-1993 Helped acquire the sixth street campus
Mr. Michael Pinkston 1993-2004 Strengthened spiritual focus, facilitated merger with another Christian school, improved academics, and began facility improvements
Mr. Bill Rehrer 2004-2005 Continued work on ASP and led the effort to define a five-year strategic plan
Mr. Mark McKnight 2006-2015 Finalized ASP, implemented strategic plan including an expansion to the school campus and merger with another local school, led REACH accreditation self-study for renewal of accreditation
Mr. Randy Down 2015-2017 Completed his second year at SJCA after more than 30 years in Christian School education
Mr. Ed Thomas 2017- Current
San Jacinto Christian Academy’s philosophies of education, doctrinal statements, and mission statements have remained constant since the 1997 ACSI team visit. Since the team visit, the school identified and developed ten core values that complement our mission statement. These core values are publicized and promoted throughout our school family. Throughout the ASP project, the mission statement, and core values have influenced the direction and implementation of the project.
On July 8, 2005, the school experienced the tragic death of Superintendent, Bill Rehrer. Mr. Rehrer, his wife and two daughters were instantly killed in an automobile accident while traveling to visit their son and daughter-in-law. This tragic event followed the previous unexpected departure of Mr. Pinkston who led the school with incredible energy and passion for eleven years. Mr. Pinkston was instrumental in growing the size of the school as well as further defining the mission, philosophy and current direction of San Jacinto Christian Academy. With God’s grace, the Academy has transitioned well. The Board of Trustees has worked very closely with Mr. McKnight to ensure the foundations of the school remain constant.
During Mr. McKnight’s tenure, the school implemented many aspects of the Strategic Plan finalized under Mr. Rehrer’s leadership including the addition of a Fine Arts and Activities Center. This remodeled facility was a huge blessing to implementing the programs of the school. Additional facility improvements helped to improve the aesthetic and functionality of the school buildings including: new floor covering and paint in the elementary building, creation of a separate middle school building, relocation of the elementary playground to improve safety and convenience, addition of a large high school student and visitor parking lot, completion of a large event center which includes a gymnasium, weight room, concession area, offices, restrooms and expansion for future classrooms on the second floor, creating of a media lab to enhance dual credit offerings in the high school. In January 2009, the school announced that a sister Christian school in town would be joining San Jacinto Christian Academy starting with the 2009-10 school year which provided the opportunity for us to expand our Early Education program.