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Beginning with only five students, Mary Michael (pictured left), a public school teacher of many years, began Grace Academy on November 28, 1976. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she was passionate about offering students a well-rounded Christian education. Mrs. Michael was so resolute to refine the definition of “Christian education” that she first hosted Grace Academy in her own home. Shortly after, Mrs. Michael moved the school and students into the old Downsville school building in December of 1976.
Growing to about 45 students in just five years, Grace Academy moved to the Hagerstown Bible Church from 1981-1983. Outgrowing the church, Grace Academy moved once again to a building on Locust Street in Hagerstown, where the school continued to grow. In 1986, Grace Academy began to compete in athletics with just a softball team for high school girls and a junior high soccer team for grades seven and eight.
In 2001, Grace Academy transitioned to a brand new building planted on a beautiful 33-acre plot located on Cearfoss Pike, where the school currently thrives. The new facility includes 25 classrooms; a science lab; a computer lab; a gymnasium; a playground; and three outdoor athletic fields.
In 2009, the school introduced its International Student Program and welcomed five students from South Korea. Since then, the international program has grown to include more than 40 overseas students hosted by about 30 generous families each year.
Today, our student body numbers more than 340 annually, with the average graduating class of 24 students. We also have 11 athletic teams, with our 6 varsity teams winning 22 Mason Dixon Christian Conference (MDCC) championships and five Maryland Christian School Tournament (MCST) state championships combined.
Each year since our beginning has been a year of growth, and with God’s provision and guidance, we will continue to grow young Christian leaders for His glory.