Gaining momentum

Kerr-Vance, Crossroads striving to always improve
Jul. 16, 2014 @ 07:21 PM

Vance County’s private schools ended the school year in the breezeways of the accreditation process.

Headmaster Jonathan Capps said the largest accreditation entity in the nation, AdvancED, will visit Crossroads Christian School next year to renew its credentials set to expire at the end of next June.

“We are just trying to get everyone ready for it,” he said.

This will be the first process for Capps, who joined the school four years ago.

Crossroads is also certified through the Association of Christian Schools International, the largest Protestant educational organization in the world.

Paul Villatico, headmaster of Kerr-Vance Academy, said the school completed its AdvancED accreditation renewal this year.

It would have expired June 30.

He said certifications are voluntary, but they ensure schools meet state standards for education and evaluates ways they can improve. During the process, state officials and teachers visit a school to examine teaching and administration habits, then document their feedback.

“It’s really two years worth of work and self-planning,” Vallatico said. “Faculty and staff worked really hard on that.”

Kerr-Vance, founded in 1968 as Vance Academy and merged with Kerr Lake School in 1986, has been accredited through AdvancED since 1974. Crossroads has since 2005.

The schools’ administrators said they have seen improvements across the board this year.

Capps said enrollment has increased 10 percent in the last four years. According to AdvancED’s website, the school houses more than 260 students.

Vallatico said he was proud of Kerr-Vance’s seniors.

“We had a great graduating class this year,” he said. “About 20 percent got into N.C. State or Chapel Hill or will transition to the military after high school.”

Vallatico said enrollment numbers are up as well, totaling 365.

Capps said Crossroad’s involvement in the community peaked this year, as well.

The school participated in a food drive with the Salvation Army, collecting more than 1,900 items — 400 more than last year, Capps said.

He said a record of 15 students participated in the school’s backpack buddy program this year.

Next year, Capps said he plans to extend community outreach and classroom technology.

“We are in the process of adding wireless to our facility,” he said. “In the coming years, we hope to have students wireless in their hands.”

Vallatico said Kerr-Vance will continue providing exceptional education, as well.

“We are just gearing up for the next five years and preparing and planning for that,” he said.

Efforts were unsuccessful to reach administrators of Victory Christian School, another private school in Vance County, for inclusion in this story.

Each of the schools are taking applications for next school year.

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.