Our mission is to teach students to live a Christian lifelong commitment to God’s principles, love God, their families and community devoutly, and to learn all the necessary skills to be successful disciples and citizens in a global world.
History of Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church supports the development of children from six (6) weeks of age through Pre K4. The church has embraced early childhood education since its inception in 1962. In 1967, Mrs. Audrey Lawson, a frontrunner in education and wife of Pastor Emeritus William A. Lawson, Professor Alee Mitchell, Texas Southern University: and Mrs. Lillie Mae Burns an educator who taught at Prairie View A&M University/Houston Independent School District, founded the Infant School.
Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy (WACA) was an outgrowth of the Wheeler Avenue Infant School, which was the first school in this area to provide services for babies at six weeks of age. Through the efforts of Professor Alee Mitchell, the Infant School became connected with the national program entitled “Head Start.” Following Wheeler Avenue’s decision to organize and operate an infant school, there have been notable successes. Alumni of the Infant School are making significant contributions to the city of Houston as educators, entrepreneurs, medical doctors and plethora of various careers.
On June 15, 2005, the pastor, Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, shared his vision for a Christian school that would include kindergarten through grade 12 with the intent to add a grade each year. In preparation for this modification, the Infant School and Elementary School merged. Presently, the name of the combined schools is Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy. Veteran principal and educator, Dr. Doris Bilton, agreed to come out of retirement and invest two years in establishing the school. The early work in foundation building continued under the astute leadership of an exceptional principal and educator, Dr. Jacqueline Cobbin. During her administration, WACA earned its accreditation status from The Texas Association of Baptist Schools. The school continued to move forward under the capable leadership of Mrs. Billie Joe Johnson. Upon Mrs. Johnson departure, Mrs. Gloria T. Rose was assigned as infant School Director in April of 2009. In December of 2012 Mrs. Ada Carr, a retired principal from Pasadena Independent School District also came out of retirement to provide leadership at Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy.
It is our belief that Christian education is vital in developing children who will become productive citizens and influential leaders. A distinctive element of the learning community at Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy (WACA) is our acknowledgment of the pivotal connection between Christian education and academic skills. Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy is committed to providing high-quality education and high academic standards for its students. As we survey our best practices, it is our goal to use these procedures to accelerate students to their highest potential. The g=credentialed/certified teachers at WACA are key components in creating quality educational experiences for children.
Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy’s mission is to create a lifelong commitment to God’s principles, in order for students to live, love and learn so that a legacy is left for all to follow.
By Billie J. Johnson
December 9, 2011