Welcome to First Baptist Academy!
Since FBA’s inception our prayer has been that people would sense God’s presence the moment they drove onto the campus. As you view this website our prayer is the same. What began in 2009 as a journey of faith has become a community where lives are changed on a daily basis. FBA exists to do one thing and to do it well… “to equip students spiritually for service in the body of Christ, morally for citizenship in the United States of America, and academically for success in higher education or their chosen vocation.” This mission pervades every aspect of the school. It is the filter for decision-making.
The faculty and staff of First Baptist Academy strive to create an environment in which students are recognized for who they are individually. We believe students should be exposed to a wide variety of experiences as part of a solid foundation that will enable them to understand and thrive in the world beyond school. Educating the whole child requires that teachers implement unique approaches to the multifaceted, engaging curriculum. The learning opportunities reach beyond the core subject areas. From the rigorous academics to the arts and athletics, God’s presence and story are interwoven. We believe Him to be the author of all truth…whether secular or spiritual. FBA desires that students recognize God is not apart from all things, but is a part of all things.
In Isaiah 55:8 and 9 it states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” These verses go right in line with what has happened with this school and what God has done for us. As we look to the future, we intend to hold this school to the highest standard and will work to keep the following goals:
“The spiritual goal – We have a responsibility to share Christ with our students and teach them God s way. That the Bible is infallible from cover to cover and our view of the future includes the eternal perspective. It is our conviction that the parent is responsible for their child s spiritual and academic development and should not have to sacrifice their child s faith for the sake of providing them with an excellent education.
“The mental goal – We have the responsibility to strive to offer the finest education for your child. It is our belief that every child should have the opportunity to excel in a safe and nurturing educational environment. Your child will be offered the finest education with various curricula, Book Adventure, teaching for individual differences, outstanding teachers that love your children, and low pupil-teacher ratio.
We are thrilled to be a part of FBA and the long term commitment First Baptist Church of Covington has made to their school. Remember, we are building for the next generation with the God given potential with which to impact the world.
Julie Harpe, Director
I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University with an Early Childhood Education degree. I received my Masters in Education from Walden University in grades k-12. My experiences include Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades as a classroom teacher. I have always had a passion for teaching, education, and children. Years ago, my heart was telling me to find a new way to share with others my passion for education and the opportunity of becoming Director of First Baptist Academy (formerly the Children’s Ministry Center) presented itself.
Since 2001, God has blessed us immeasurably. Having the opportunity to watch the children of FBA grow in their spiritual walk is amazing. My own family has had the opportunity to be a part of FBA for the past 9 years and to see the growth of the preschool expand into an elementary school has been an awesome experience and is all due to the Glory of God! I have seen children accomplish wonderful things and I’ve experienced the start of a new school. First Baptist Academy has been a blessing to me from the beginning and I am honored to serve this church and school.
I am a UGA graduate with a BS in Furnishings and Interiors, from the school of Family and Consumer Sciences, and have worked for most of mine and Billy’s married life as an interior designer. I still enjoy design work, but my heart has been to serve at FBC/FBA since 2001. I have served FBC/FBA for ten years. I am a member of First Baptist Covington. My start here was to teach the first kindergarten class, at the end of that school year our family was blessed with our second son, Kurtis. Upon my return, I became the assistant to the director.
I love our staff, the children and their families. I have always counted it a blessing and honor to serve my Lord here and I continually seek His will for our school and myself as we grow. I have watched as the Lord has grown His school into what we are today. Striving daily to glorify Him in all we do. He has shown His grace upon us yearly and to watch Him work is amazing. I stand in awe of how He unfolds His plan from year to year.