FROM THE DESK OF PRINCIPAL TODD BARNES
Welcome to the Elementary School at UC Academy! It is a blessing for us to work alongside you to educate your children in an excellent way!
At UC Academy, our philosophy is to work hand-in-hand with parents. We believe it is the God-given responsibility of the parent to “raise up a child in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6). To that end, we invite you to be an important part of everything we do here. We thank you for entrusting us with a large part of your children’s day, teaching them about the world our God has given us, and the knowledge they need to be successful in it.
UC Academy enjoys a reputation of distinction and excellence, affirmed by its academic review from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2012-13. UC Academy received the very best WASC accreditation possible – six full years; and readers of the Daily Bulletin named Upland Christian as the best private school in the Inland Empire, three years in a row.
At UC Academy, learning extends beyond the classroom. Each class will take a variety of field trips to enhance and expand their classroom learning. Some trips are close to school, while others may take them a little farther away to places such as San Diego or Sacramento. We are also very active in our community. We get to know our local community helpers, and we have actively pursued opportunities to reach out and serve globally by giving to others in need. UC Academy students have the opportunity to pray for and financially support a sister school in Zambia, Africa.
Our Fine Arts Academy program allows all of our Elementary students the opportunity to learn and develop their God-given talents, growing into the young person God has designed them to be! They will take courses in Computer utilization and Spanish, while being able to choose from several courses, including stringed instruments and choir. And it is all done during the school day!
Education is incomplete without applying God’s Word to the process. Each grade level has daily formal Bible instruction and weekly class chapels. In addition, we approach all subjects from a Biblical, Christ-centered perspective. We know that God made all of us with a desire to get to know Him, and we structure our classes to help the students meet a personal God who loves them and wants them to grow and thrive spiritually. Special attention is given to the development of the whole child as teachers guide students in becoming the person of character and integrity modeled in God’s Word.
I love teaching and being a part of the educational process! I have been teaching for 17 years, and have been a school administrator for ten years. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Religion/Christian Ministries from beautiful Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and later earned a Master’s Degree from the same institution in School Counseling and Guidance, as well as receiving a California State Teaching Credential and a Pupil-Personnel Services Credential.
I invite you to come and visit our Elementary program, participate in the many school activities throughout the year and volunteer to help in the classroom or accompany your child’s class on a study trip. Working together, your child will flourish at UC Academy!
Blessings in Christ,
Mr. Todd Barnes