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School Profile

Shining Light Baptist Academy
CEEB code: 342689
Main office: 704-283-1480
Fax: 704-289-4945
Administrator: Tim Cruse (



Located in Greater Charlotte, Union County, Monroe, North Carolina, one of the state’s fastest growing areas and on a 75-acre developing campus. Shining Light Baptist Academy is a distinctively Christian school where students learn the right use of knowledge in the context of character with a heart for God and others.  The Academy was established August 28, 2000 and graduated its first senior class in May of 2001.

The Academy is registered with the Department of Non-Public Instruction in Raleigh, NC and holds membership and candidate accreditation status in the North Carolina Christian School Association and the American Association of Christian Schools.  Inspections are conducted annually by the Department of Non-Public Instruction for compliance in the areas of student attendance, achievement test scores, teacher certifications and maintenance of facilities.

Staff & Faculty

The academy staff and faculty have their degrees from various institutions including but not limited to; The Crown College, Pensacola Christian College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Fundamental Baptist College, South Piedmont Community College School of Nursing, Central Piedmont Community College School of Nursing, Hyles-Anderson College, Piedmont International University, Bohecker’s Business College, Bob Jones University and North Carolina State University – the staff has a combined average of a decade of classroom teaching experience and are faithful members of Shining Light Baptist Church.


Students in K4-12 grades are taught using the nationally acclaimed ABeka curriculum. Our K5 students learn to read phonetically and write in cursive. The Stanford Achievement Test and the Terra Nova Achievement Test are administered each spring.  Students score at or above national grade level averages on the tests.

The Academy requirements and credits for high school graduation (25) exceed the State of North Carolina high school requirements and credits (22) for high school graduation.  A general education diploma tract and college preparatory diploma tract are offered.  Students have the opportunity to take accelerated course work for college credit.  Juniors and seniors take the ACT and SAT college boards and have the opportunity to sit for the ASVAB career exploration aptitude test.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation 

A – Excellent 94-100 – 4 quality points

B – Above Average 85-93 – 3 quality points

C – Average 75-84 – 2 quality points

D – Below average 70-74 -1 quality point

F – Failure 69 or below – 0 quality points

GPA is computed using the above quality points.  Beginning with grade nine, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation.  A minimum of 25 credits are required for graduation.  Grades are recorded on the student transcripts and GPA is computed in January and May.

Post High School Placement

80% of graduates matriculated to 4-year colleges or 2-year institutions.

20% selected work, military service or technical instruction.

Awards and Distinctions

NCCSA State Boys Basketball Champions 2009 (1A), 2010 (1A), and 2011 (2A) (Runner-up-2013)

NCCSA Eddie Blalock Sportsmanship Award (4 consecutive years)

Seven First Team All-State boys basketball players

NCCSA Fine Arts State Spelling Bee 2nd place

NCCSA Fine Arts State Brass Instrumental Winner

AACS Fine Arts National Brass Instrumental Winner

NCCSA Fine Arts State Jr. High Male Vocal Solo Winner

AACS Fine Arts Art/Monochromatic Drawing National Winner

Shining Light Baptist Academy graduates have gone on to complete their undergraduate degrees or are currently enrolled in the following universities, colleges or serving our country in the armed forces:

  • Bob Jones University
  • Carolina Bible College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Charleston Southern University
  • East Carolina University
  • High Point University
  • Kings College
  • Pensacola Christian College
  • Shepherd’s Theological Seminary
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • South Piedmont Community College School of Nursing
  • Stanley Community College
  • The Crown College of the Bible
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • United States Marine Corp
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina – Wilmington
  • Wingate University
  • York Technical College

Contact Information

Julie Thompson
School Office