Brenda Arthurs, BA, MA

Grade: Principal


Lisa Lavalas, BA, MS

Grade: K


Che’Vonne Clare, BS



Kelli Thompson-Bermingham, BA



Patricia Hodge, BS, MEd

Grade: 3


Wayna Gray, BA, MA

Grade: 4


Themba Makapela, Jr., BS

Grade: 5


Wesley Chism, BA, MA

Grade: 6


Tamaria Kulemeka, BA, MA

Grade: 7


Sean Maycock, BA, MA

Grade: 8


Renelda James-Mason

Administrative Assistant


Patricia Fountain



Rochell Weisvogel

Title I Tutor


Raymond Russell

Physical Plant Manager


Shirley Benton

Assistant to the Principal


Jackie Parris

National School Lunch Program Coordinator


Jennifer Ayers

Title I Tutor

RenWeb login

RenWeb School Management Software gives you, the busy parent, an opportunity to get more involved in your child’s academic progress and future success – all via the Internet!

RenWeb’s ParentsWeb is a private and secure parents’ portal that allows parents to view academic information specific to their children while protecting their children’s information from others. You can see your child’s grades, attendance, and homework, as well as other useful school information.

New families and students will appear in RenWeb starting August 1.

Once the school office has your email address on file, here’s how to create your RenWeb account:

  1. Open your email.
  2. Go to the ParentsWeb site:
  3. Click Create New ParentsWeb Account
  4. District Code: AWC-SDA
  5. Type your email address, and click Create Account; an email will be sent to you.
  6. Click the Click to change password link in the email that you receive. This link is only valid for 30 minutes.
  7. A Web browser displays your Name and RenWeb ID.
  8. Type a User Name, Password, and Confirm the password.
  9. Click Save Password. A message displays at the top of the browser, User Name/Password successfully updated.
  10. You can now log into ParentsWeb using your new User Name and Password.

Academic Information

Columbus Adventist Academy offers a strong core of academic subjects with dedicated teachers in small classes within a small school environment. At CAA, the course of study for grades K-8 includes learning experiences in the following areas.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Bible
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Technology

Language Arts

The ability to listen, speak, read, and write with ease and accuracy is essential for learning and living. The study of language arts/reading is basic to the educational program. It provides students the opportunity to develop thinking processes and communication skills. Seventh-day Adventist education recognizes these basic skills as essential for productive citizenship and for comprehending the good news of salvation and sharing it with others.

The language arts/reading program will assist the students to:

  1. Develop optimum reading skills to facilitate reading for learning and pleasure.
  2. Listen and observe purposefully in acquiring, interpreting, and evaluating information.
  3. Communicate ideas clearly, accurately, and effectively in written and spoken language.
  4. Write for practical, creative, and aesthetic purposes with clarity and precision.
  5. Speak effectively and appropriately when addressing various audiences under varying circumstances.


Mathematics education should equip students with essential skills for making the many mathematics computations and practical applications of math concepts necessary for living in our technological society. Mathematics instruction must assist students in developing analytical and critical-thinking skills. Opportunities should also be provided for students to discern the mathematical patterns the Creator has given in nature, thus increasing appreciation for its beauty, order, and symmetry.

The mathematics program will assist the students to:

  1. Acquire skill and confidence in performing, communicating, and connecting mathematical concepts.
  2. Develop competency in the use of mathematical terms and in measurement skills.
  3. Learn to collect, process, properly represent, and interpret statistical data and information.
  4. Develop analytical-reasoning, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  5. Acquire skills in selecting and using appropriate technology in mathematics problem solving.


“The science of redemption . . . is the highest study in which it is possible for man to engage.” —Education, p. 126. The source book for this study is the Word of God—the Bible. The study of God’s Word is central to the mission of Seventh-day Adventist Christian education, and it is central to the curriculum. The instructional program for religion is designed to help students know God so they will respond with love, trust, and obedience to Him. They will understand the science of salvation, accept God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ, and make Him the focal point of their lives.

The religion program will assist the students to:

  1. Recognize the authenticity and authority of the Bible as a primary source of knowledge about the Creator God.
  2. Develop an understanding and experience that the purpose of Bible study is to become more like God—more open to the influence of His spirit.
  3. Recognize that God has created a universe and humankind on earth with the privileges and responsibilities of free will and personal choice.
  4. Identify the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional needs of others and respond with loving care and courtesy.
  5. Develop a lifestyle of witnessing and assume personal responsibility for helpful service in the home, school, church, and community.


An understanding of science fosters in students an increased understanding of God’s creative and sustaining power. True science is a revelation of the character of God. It is essential that students acquire a knowledge of basic scientific principles and their effect on the quality of spiritual, social, moral/ethical, and economic life. The science curriculum and instructional program should include fundamental science concepts, the application of scientific methods of inquiry in laboratory experiences, and problem-solving skills—all skills that are essential for understanding our modern scientific/ technological society and the awesome wonders of God’s creation.

The science instructional program will assist the students to achieve the following:

  1. Develop an appreciation for the study of science as a means of learning about God—as Designer, Creator, and Sustainer of universal natural laws.
  2. Acquire knowledge of biological, physical, earth, and health sciences consistent with their level of readiness.
  3. Extend their understanding of processes, concepts, generalizations, and unifying principles through guided study, research, and laboratory/field activities.
  4. Develop fundamental skills in basic scientific methods—gathering, organizing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information.
  5. Develop proficiency in critical and creative thinking and applying problem-solving strategies to everyday situations and problems.

Social Studies

The social studies program is designed to emphasize the theme of God’s guiding hand in history and His loving concern for humanity. It endeavors to give students an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the biblical concepts of human worth and the value of service to humanity. Social studies acquaints students with the contributions of different cultures to the developing story of humankind and encourages them to become responsible citizens.

The social studies program will assist the students to:

  1. Acquire a knowledge of factual historical information and recognize the relevance of historical events on civilization throughout the ages.
  2. Develop a personal system of ethics for responsible citizenship based on integrity, morality, and personal responsibility.
  3. Recognize the value of patriotism and accept the privilege of serving others through the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  4. Develop the judgment, perspectives, and analytical skills essential for a productive citizen participating in a contemporary society.
  5. Develop a value system based upon respect for human and civil rights, religious tolerance, and multicultural understanding.

Physical Education

Because physical fitness and health are vital to the development of the body, mind, and spirit, the physical education program is very important in our school. As an integral part of the education of all students, physical education should be enjoyable and success oriented. The program should assist students to develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will result in practices necessary to maintain lifelong physical, social, emotional, and mental health.

The physical education program will assist the students to:

  1. Pursue the highest levels of fitness/wellness for success in work and play, creating a strong sense of well-being.
  2. Understand the importance and balance of independence and teamwork in physical activities, identifying the importance of cooperation.
  3. Demonstrate increasing physical agility, balance, coordination, efficiency, and flexibility.
  4. Acquire qualities necessary for good sportsmanship and teamwork, such as self-control and respect for others.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of rules and strategies commonly practiced in a wide variety of individual and group activities/sports.

Fine Arts

To study the arts is to experience the universal language of emotions and ideas that transcends time, culture, and geography. In the act of appreciating, creating, and evaluating a variety of fine arts, students develop a sense of that which is aesthetically pleasing and spiritually inspiring and a gift of the Creator God.

The fine arts program will assist the students to:

  1. Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments by critiquing works of art and music.
  2. Develop confidence and proficiency in their artistic skills and abilities.
  3. Develop spirituality by supporting their understanding and relationship with a God of beauty and inspiration.
  4. Cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the arts in various cultures and historical periods.
  5. Develop an appreciation for the influence of the arts on society and in their personal lives.


Training in computer technologies and business education is essential to success in many aspects of life in the changing world of the twenty-first century. Principles of Christian stewardship, service, and decision making are infused into a curriculum of skill development that prepares students for life and successful careers. The “head-heart-hand” characteristics of business and computer education give it potential for inculcating traits, qualities, and truths that affect the learner for life.

The computer curriculum and instructional program will assist the students to:

  1. Enhance confidence in decision making, project development, and problem solving using computer technology.
  2. Acquire competency in the use of basic computer applications/programs.
  3. Develop basic keyboarding skills and efficient use of computer peripheral equipment.
  4. Understand the role and function of computer technology in various aspects of society.
  5. Experience the use of technology in creative projects and commercial productions.