Religion, Spiritual Development

French Camp Academy

  • French Camp, MS
  • http://www.frenchcamp.org

Mission Statement

French Camp Academy is an interdenominational Christian boarding school for deserving young people founded in 1855. Long before public schools, a group of Scotch-Irish Christians established a school at French Camp on the Natchez Trace. Through God's grace and the support of dedicated Christians of all denominations, the school has continued without interruption for over 100 years.
In 1950, French Camp Academy was reorganized and put under the ownership and operation of an incorporated Board of Trustees. It was also given a new purpose-to providing a Christian school-home for children with family problems not of their own making. By and large, French Camp Academy takes in young people who, for one reason or another, cannot or will not stay at home.
On a beautiful 1,200-acre campus, French Camp Academy provides a stable home environment where children can know they are loved and accepted. FCA's educational program is fully accredited for grades 9-12, and has a non-sectarian Christian emphasis.
The French Camp Mission Statement states: French Camp Academy strives to provide young people with the confronting, compassionate, non-compromising love of our Lord, Jesus Christ in a Christian School-Home; integrating faith and learning by encouraging everyone, as we work and worship together "to love God with all our hearts . . . and our neighbors as ourselves."

Main Programs

  1. Residential

ruling year

1949

President of French Camp Academy since 1999

Self-reported

Mr. F. Stewart Edwards, Jr.

Keywords

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Christian, Boarding School, Children, Youth, Broken Homes, Divorce, Interdenominational , Ministry, families

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EIN

64-0321520

Also Known As

FCA

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Residential

French Camp Academy is going stronger today than ever with a boarding student capacity of 150, generally half boys and half girls. In addition, there are approximately 130 community junior and high school day students attending FCA. FCA graduates around 35 seniors each year, with averages above 90% go on to some form of higher education, frequently with financial help, guidance and encouragement provided by FCA.

FCA strives to equip all students to be salt and light to the world around them, and to give them a well-rounded experience while attending FCA. Students participate in daily work programs after school where they can learn different aspects of living. These tasks include: working with the horses, working with farm equipment, wrapping homemade French Camp bread, quilting and cleaning. FCA is founded on the Word of God and operates on Biblical principles as it seeks to minister to these young people who are in need.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

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Budget

$6,000,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. Provide a safe, loving home environment for young people living in FCA's residential program.
    2. Provide a quality Christian education accredited through the Mississippi Department of Education.
    3. Provide meaningful work opportunities to build resume of experiences
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Twelve homes staffed by house parents called to French Camp's mission
    2. Hire qualified teachers who are dedicated to the French Camp mission
    3. Rotate students every 9 weeks to different campus departments to provide skill training
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1. FCA has 12 homes physically located on its campus.
    2. FCA has a 1A accredited educational facility and teaching staff to provide learning opportunities in preparation for college
    3. FCA departments provide afternoon skill development (photography, landscape, radio, equine, database entry, etc,).
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. Houseparents are trained and accountable weekly for reports
    2. 30-35 students graduate from FCA every year with over 90% going to college
    3. Resume of experiences are given to graduates with their high school diploma at graduation
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. Provided last year a safe, stable home to more than 150 young people
    2. Provided last year an accredited Christian education to more than 130 junior and high school students
    3. Provided skill development opportunities to 7th - 12 grade students.

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Financials

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FRENCH CAMP ACADEMY
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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French Camp Academy

Leadership

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President of French Camp Academy

Mr. F. Stewart Edwards, Jr.

BIO

F. Stewart Edwards,Jr.
MS Tele (662) 547-7259
Education_ Belhaven College
Bachelor of Arts, December 1992
Major: Christian Ministries
Minor: Biblical Studies
Reformed Theological Seminary
Masters of Intercultural Studies / Missions In Process

Experience: French Camp Academy, French Camp, Mississippi
Associate Director of Development, 1999 to 2002
Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi
Director of Student Life, 1997-1999

Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi
Resident Director, 1996-1997
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
Director of Youth Ministries, 1992-1996

Honors: Eagle Scout
Governor's Transition Committee 2003
Choctaw County Economic Dev. Foundation member


Vice-President of Student Government Association, 1990-91, Belhaven University
President of Student Government Association, 1991-92, Belhaven University
Who's Who Among College Students in America, 1991, 1992
Christian Ministries Award, 1992, Belhaven College
Awarded by staff peers as having shown the greatest leadership campus-wide, 1998, Belhaven College

Inaugural recipient of Belhaven University Young Alumnus of the Year 2002.
Belhaven University, Alumnus of the year 2012

Church Membership: French Camp Presbyterian Church
Asst. Scoutmaster troop 109

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Toxey Hall, III

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