Who We Are
Binghampton Christian Academy is a Pre-kindergarten through Eighth grade Christian school for children who need more love and hope. Most come from the Binghampton community with the largest number coming from housing projects near the school. We believe that Binghampton Christian Academy offers a unique model for urban education in America.
In the early 1990s, God placed a burden on the heart of Mrs. Jo Walt for the hurting children in our community. The result was the creation of The Neighborhood School to offer a Christian education for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. She targeted the Binghampton area of Memphis where many of the school’s children had fallen between the cracks in public school and many were destined to face significant challenges and barriers to becoming academically, financially and spiritually successful.
The school opened August 30, 1993 in the gym of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with fifteen students and one teacher. In August 1994, the school moved to its present location with three teachers and twenty-six, soon to be forty-one students. The next year there were five teachers and seventy students. This move was made possible by Jim Threlkeld donating his former law office to the school.
Now BCA has twelve teachers, one-hundred and forty students, the Head of School, a chef, a staff assistant, and a Community Liaison. The campus is comprised of four buildings. The second building, which houses the lower school and pre-school classes, was generously given to BCA by Jim Robinson and his mother, Martha Robinson.
The two additional buildings serve as the girl’s and boy’s dormitories. Previously, the residential program operated in a small house that housed five boys who had the greatest need. In 2008, the Residential Program was expanded because there are so many students who could thrive in a loving, caring, and consistent environment. The two dormitories currently serve fourteen girls and fourteen boys.