History

Founded in 1993, Emmanuel Christian Academy (Emmanuel) of Akron, Ohio is an independent, non-denominational, private Christian school. Located at 350 South Portage Path Akron Oh 44320, Emmanuel is accredited by the State of Ohio and offers Early Childhood (Infant-4yrs old) Elementary (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) Middle (4th Grade-8th Grade) pre-kindergarten through eighth curriculum.

Our mission is to provide instruction in God’s Word and conventional instruction that meets or exceeds State standards for all who desire a biblical foundation; and to serve students who historically are defined as being at-risk and those who are underserved in traditional systems of education. An at-risk student is one who is in danger of not graduating from high school and is characterized by one or more of the following five conditions:  poverty, parental educational attainment, single-parent homes, race/ethnicity and environment (inner-city).

Emmanuel provides a strong academic program with a systematic approach, research based curriculum, enrichment opportunities, and solid emphasis on core subjects that are essential to academic adjustment through a committed teaching staff.  Emmanuel’s Board of Trustees consists of a dedicated group of men and women who direct and support the vision and ministry of our school.

Since the 2009-2010 academic year, enrollment has increased significantly and Emmanuel now serves over 250 students infants through eighth grade. The Academy student body consists of youth living primarily in inner-city communities of greater Akron.  Eighty-three percent of our students live in households at or below federal poverty guidelines.

The 2017-2018 academic year marked the 24th anniversary of the founding of Emmanuel Christian Academy. Over these 24 years, Emmanuel has thrived on the meaning of its name, Emmanuel – “God is with us.” We have experienced great growth in both programming and enrollment.. Our growth is inextricably connected to God’s overwhelming presence, the dedication of our teachers and the generosity of our donors.

Our Tuition Assistance Program has increased our retention rate and has allowed many students to receive an education and opportunities that they would not have been able to afford without the support of others. As a result of the Ohio Educational Choice initiative a greater number of Emmanuel families were able to pay full tuition. Nevertheless, due the significant increase in the number of families enrolling into Emmanuel we awarded assistance to the same amount of children.

According to our 2016 yearly survey 84 percent of Emmanuel families are at or below poverty level and qualify for free and reduced lunch. Emmanuel served 182 families during the 2016-2017 school year. These numbers do not include families of working poor who missed this guideline by only a couple hundred dollars. The average award given to families is $2,250. As a result of our staff’s financial stewardship, Emmanuel continues to demonstrate increased financial stability.