About Us

Our Story

Ridge Christian Academy was established in 1998 as an educational ministry of Ridge Baptist Church. The day school and after school program provided an opportunity for the church to reach out into the community in a new light. By having this ministry it allowed the church to help develop a Christ-like character in the lives of children that attended the school as well as the church. Believing God’s Word that “I know the plans I have for you,” Ridge believed that children should be provided an opportunity to have a better understanding of God’s Word and thereby develop a personal relationship with Christ.

Meet Principal Gentry Ard

He was born in Fullerton, California on April 23, 1969. He has two brothers and one sister who are all older. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and served in the military from 1989 – 1993. He is a Gulf War Veteran who served in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He married his wife, Brenda in 1989. They have 3 children (Jessie, Jacob, and Grayson) and 2 grandchildren (Vivian and Jaxson). He started teaching in 1998 at Oakbrook Middle School, Alice Birney Middle School, and Evangel Christian School before teaching at Ridge Christian Academy in 2003. He then became principal in May of 2006.Gentry made local and Huntsville front page news/tv news for donating bone marrow to a 2 year old with Leukemia.
He owns a 1979 lime green Volkswagen camper bus and grew up 10 minutes away from Disneyland and Angel Stadium.
His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, but loves all of chapter 4.

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Our Beliefs & Goals

Statement of Beliefs

  1. God is the ultimate source of truth
  2. The Bible is to be our guidebook for life
  3. A Christian education will help give life direction
  4. Christian schools along with parents, help prepare a young person for life as an adult
  5. Ridge Christian Academy’s main responsibility is to provide a college preparatory education with outstanding academics in a Christian setting

Our Goals

  1. To always look to God for guidance in planning the future
  2. To present the Gospel to students so that a decision to have a personal relationship with God would become a reality
  3. To provide a safe atmosphere for students to excel
  4. To provide an atmosphere for faculty and staff that will promote Christian values
  5. To help promote an environment for continued spiritual and professional growth for the staff of Ridge Christian Academy.
  6. To provide increased levels of service to family members and the community
  7. To maintain and increase resources and facilities that will promote academic success

Our Faculty & Staff

Here Are A Few Of The Smiling Faces That Make Up Ridge Christian Academy

Maria Bray

Vice Principal

Karly Huggins

School Secretary

Crystal Jackson


“Excellent experience. Offer breakfast, lunch, snack time. Nap time is offered. Class schedule is active eith lots of different activities and field trips. Staff are knowledgeable with experience.”

Devi Mazyck Gomez

“Great Christian atmosphere!!! loving teachers and staff!!!!”

Amanda Moore

“My Girls get an Excellent education at Ridge, Their Teacher’s are loving and truly care for the students!”

Jason Wooldridge

Call The Office

School  (843) 873 - 9856
Daycare  (843) 879 - 0544
The Ridge Church (843) 873 - 4262
Fax Number  (843) 872 - 0524

Hours & Location

2168 Ridge Church Road
Summerville, SC 29486

Mon - Fri (8:00 AM - 3:30 PM)           During the School Year

Mon - Thurs (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)     During the Summer Term