Our shared history

  • HISTORY AND GROWTH FOR ALMOST A HALF CENTURY

    Wayne Academy was originally chartered in 1970 as a means of bringing a Christian-based educational campus to Wayne County, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. 

    From its humble beginnings in a local funeral home with a handful of students, the school grew and eventually moved to the current campus site in north Waynesboro. Over the years, the student population has continued to grow and more facilities have been added to meet WA's ever-increasing needs -- that has included more and modern classrooms and laboratories, improved computer technology, a gymnasium, athletic fields and venues, a vastly expanded cafeteria, and improved playgrounds ... to name just a few areas of growth.

    Of late, Wayne Academy has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing private schools in Mississippi -- thanks to curriculum, favorable pupil-to-teacher ratios, modern facilities, state and national educational accreditation and a reputation for educational excellence.

    Recent growth has included the construction of the new campus science laboratory, which was named for long-time headmaster and teacher T.F. Giles; improvements to and renovations of the Pat McInnis Library; building a new cafeteria named for long-time supporter and Board of Trustees member Sherman Boyles, with an all-new kitchen-service-preparation area; construction of a separate kindergarten building; adding more classrooms to the elementary wing along with new restroom facilities; and new buildings for the baseball program, including dressing rooms and coaches offices as well as construction of a new pitching warm-up area along with enclosing the previously open-air batting cages.

    Construction is under way on a Student Development Center that will serve the football and softball programs with new dressing facilities and weight rooms along with coaches offices and an interior multi-purpose room for limited activities during inclement weather. Related to the project will be a repurposing of the old football fieldhouse with the ultimate goal of removing existing modular classroom buildings that we put into place temporarily to address student population growth.

    Another area of growth is the creation of a bus route to neighboring Clarke County to provide transportation for students from the Quitman, Enterprise, Stonewall and Shubuta areas. 

    Headmaster Charles Hoots and Wayne County School Foundation Board of Trustees work with all partners and supporters toward the long-term planning and capital outlays for the Wayne Academy physical plant. Those wishing to contribute ideas and financial assistance toward the growth of the campus should contact Headmaster Hoots at 601-735-2921 or email him at choots@wayneacademy.net.

    None of our growth would be possible without God's grace and guidance, and the support of our families and community. We continue to be prayerful with our school's future, and we ask that you join us in praying for continued blessings for Wayne Academy.