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Christian academy closes

  • Redemption Christian Academy, a prep school at 154 South Mountain Road in Northfield, is closing. STAFF PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

Staff Writer
Published: 4/29/2019 10:07:23 PM

NORTHFIELD — Redemption Christian Academy, a prep school at 154 South Mountain Road, is closing at the end of the school year. The school’s campus in Troy, N.Y. will remain open.

Students at the Northfield campus will finish out the year. Graduation is still scheduled June 10, 2 p.m. at the Moody Center. In September, students now at the Northfield campus will be moved to the Troy campus, according to a press release from the school.

The Northfield school enrolls about 80 students, from preschool through high school post-graduate. The Troy campus has been in operation since 1979. The Northfield campus was opened in 2013.

The school’s press release characterizes the closure as a way to expand the “STEM” curriculum (science, technology, engineering, math) of the Troy campus. The Northfield campus’ curriculum emphasizes agricultural engineering, according to the press release.

Phone calls to the Northfield campus were not returned. The Troy campus has a public relations manager, who was not available Monday.

As of Sunday, the school’s website no longer made any reference to a Massachusetts campus. According to the press release, the campus was sold to a San Diego, Calif. company called MWD Asset Servicing.

As of September 2017, about 80 students were enrolled at the Northfield campus. Until then, enrollment had hovered around 60 students. In a Recorder article at the time, Program Director Marquita Wilchcombe discussed expanding the school's facilities, food services and transportation services to accommodate the increased enrollment.

At least some of the money for the expansions would have come from the Troy campus’ Goodway Bakery, a fundraising outlet the school uses to cover operation costs and capital projects, and to reduce students’ tuition.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ex 261.




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