About UFCA

Fun Facts

Mission: United Faith Christian Academy is committed to impact the world for Christ by developing and educating hearts, souls, minds, and bodies through the passionate teaching of a Christ-centered curriculum in a Christ-centered environment.

Statement of Faith

  1. We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man and that it is verbally inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts.
  3. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us and His return to earth in power and glory.
  4. We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of the new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life.
  5. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was alienated from God. That alienation can be removed only by accepting through faith alone God’s gift of salvation, which was made possible by Christ’s death.

Code of Conduct

  1. Act with Integrity: Do the right thing even when no one is looking.  (Matthew 5:17-19)
  2. Treat others according to the Golden Rule: Do to others whatever you would want them to do to you.  (Matthew 7:12)
  3. Resolve conflict in a Christ-honoring manner.  (Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Peter 3:9)
  4. Seek to be a blessing.  (1 Peter 3:8, Matthew 22:37-40, Matthew 28:19)
  5. Live in a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.  (Romans 14:13)

Letter from the Head of School

Dr. Susan Blumenthal Ph.D
Head of School

I am honored to serve as Head of School of United Faith Christian Academy. I couldn’t be more pleased to take a moment to encourage you to consider United Faith for your own family, especially as a long-standing member of the Falcon family myself!

The question we hear more than any other is, “How do I know if United Faith is right for me?” My answer is simply this – every student can learn to love God and love people more while concurrently being prepared to take their next step in life. That’s what we hope our families are looking for. And if you find yourself aligned with that philosophy, we believe United Faith may prove to be a wonderful home for your child as well.

I am constantly reminded that God has His hand on United Faith Christian Academy. He has preserved the school for such a time as this. And He has greater things in store for the future. He has provided an amazing team to serve Him at UFCA in Leadership, on the Board of Directors, and in the classrooms as faculty.

I hope you’ll choose to join us in what God is doing as you discover your own opportunity to make an impact.


Susan R. Blumenthal, PhD
Head of School

Board of Directors

United Faith Christian Academy’s Board of Directors is dedicated to operating and assisting UFCA in honoring Christ by providing a Christian education which challenges our students academically, socially and spiritually. The Board serves as the entity steering the long-term development of the school. Board members are volunteers who bring a wide array of professional experience and perspectives.  It is the Board’s constant prayer that its decisions are wise, unified, and led by the Holy Spirit.

Contact the Board.  The UFCA Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. All requests must be submitted 7 days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Amy Godley

Markus Moore

Victoria Council

Jeffrey Wade
Board Member

UFCA Faculty

At UFCA our faculty and staff are committed to preparing our students for the stages in life by helping them grow spiritually, personally, academically and socially. Meet our faculty and staff!

Administration and Admissions

Dr. Susan Blumenthal
Head of School


Purdue University 1990

BS Biology 1984

PhD Veterinarian Physiology and Pharmacology 

Falcon since 2014

Jennifer Bailey
Dean of Academics

Crown College 

BA Secondary Education 2003

MA Education Administration 2004

Liberty University

MA Human Services Counseling 2018

Falcon since 2018

Tonya Bronson
Admissions Director

University of Kentucky 1993

BBA Marketing and Management

Falcon since 2014

Josh Coley
Athletic Director,
Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Falcon since 2016

Kim Eustaquio

Zion Bible College 1994

BA Biblical Studies

Falcon since 2018

Lori Finanger

Falcon since 2018

Erin Martin
Dean of Students

Director of Guidance & Culture Development

Florida Atlantic University 

BS Elementary Education 2005

Nova Southeastern University 

MA Technology Integration 2008

Falcon since 2017

Renwick Pridgeon
Director of Advancement, Assistant Admissions Director

UNC – Greensboro

BA Business Administration 2009

East Carolina University

MS Sports Management 2012

Falcon since 2018

Aimee Riggs
Business Manager

Finger Lakes Community College 1989

AS Business Administration and Management


Falcon since 2017

Allyson Rola
Director of Spiritual Life

Nyack College

BA Communications 2014

Charis Bible College

MA Biblical Studies 2017

Falcon since 2018

Heather Russell
Learning Support Specialist

UNC – Charlotte

BA Special Education: Adapted Curriculum 2012

Falcon since 2017

Colleen Stoiano
Director of Operations

Falcon since 2003


Chick Efird
Preschool Director

Bryman College 1979

South Piedmont Community College

NCECC – Early Childhood Education 2015

Falcon since 2017

Kerrie Bridges
Preschool Teacher

Falcon since 2019

Jeni Hase
Preschool Teacher

Westmont College

BA Early Childhood Education  – in progress

Falcon since 2018

Christine LaFrancois
Preschool Teacher

Falcon since 2018

Neela Neckles
Preschool Teacher

Falcon since 2006

Hollie Bowling

Preschool Aide

Falcon since 2019


Diana Acosta
Lower, Middle, High School Spanish

Pensacola Christian College 

BS Business Management 2009

Falcon since 2018

Adrienne Addison
High School Math

Appalachian State University 

BS Mathematics 2008

Falcon since 2018

Brenda Andrus
Middle School English


Falcon since 2014

Brennan Benfield

High School Science

Falcon since 2019

Paris Campbell
Lower, Middle, High School P.E.

Falcon since 2017

Tomeka Chaney
K-2 Music

Falcon since 2019

Yijin Chen
Middle School Chinese

Pfeiffer University 

MS Leadership 2017

Falcon since 2018

Teresa Childs

1st Grade

Ashford University 

BS Early Childhood Education 2016

Falcon since 2018

Larry Christopher

Falcon since 2018

Jodi Ebert

Lehigh County Community College

AD Early Childhood Education 1991

Portland State University 

BS Psychology 1993

Falcon since 2012

Sue Ellis
Yearbook Advisor

Falcon since 1998

Stewart Esters
10th – 12th Grade English, AP Human Geography

Falcon since 2019

Carlos Estrada

Falcon since 2012

Joy Ferguson

High School and Middle School Culinary

Falcon since 2019

Nicole Forness
5th Grade

Syracuse University

BA Education and Special Education 1996

BS Inclusive Education 1996

Falcon since 2014

Heather Hoag
Lower, Middle, High School Art

The Ohio State University

BS Art Education 1993

Falcon since 2014

Edgar Horton

Praise Band, Music, Band

Falcon since 2019

John Howell

High School History

Falcon since 2019

Sandra Lakatos
9th Grade English, AP Literature and Composition

Falcon since 2019

Patrick Lester

Middle School History, Geography, Study Skills

Belmont Abbey College 2017

Falcon since 2018

Linda Ma

University of Wisconsin – River Falls

MA Education 1994

Falcon since 2007

Rachel McClure
Third Grade

Falcon since 2019

Rebecca Meng
Middle School Science

Asbury University

BA Biology 2010

Falcon since 2018

Lindsey Murrell
Lower School Aide, Student Government Adviser

Falcon since 2015

Karen Noel
Middle School Math

Nyack College

BS Education K-8 1978

Falcon since 2011

Mary Padgett
Lower School Chapel Coordinator, Service Learning Coordinator

North Carolina State University

BS Pre-Veterinarian Sciences 1980

Arkansas State University

AD Early Childhood Development 1997


Falcon since 2018

Christy Penner
High School Math

Penn State University

BS Mathematics 1996

Falcon since 2019

Sarah Robinson

Falcon since 2012

Mandi Roman
4th Grade

Nyack College

BS Childhood Education 2011

Falcon since 2011

Karin Rozelle
2nd Grade

UNC – Charlotte

BA Elementary Education 1997

Falcon since 2018

Heather Sargent
US History 1, AP Government & Politics

Falcon since 2017

David Stoiano

Cathedral Bible College

BTH Christian Education 2002

Falcon since 1998

Danny Ziozios
Lunch Basket Cafe

Falcon since the dawn of time


Your interest in serving at United Faith Christian Academy is appreciated.  


POSITIONS OPEN for the 2018-19 School Year Include

To be considered for a position, please forward a cover letter and resume by e-mail or mail to:
United Faith Christian Academy
Attn.  Dr. Susan Blumenthal,  Head of School
8617 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277


What is the average class size?

Our current student body pre-k-12 is 243 and our class of 2018 was 27 students.

The average class size for lower school is 11, middle school is 16 and high school is 24.

What are the school hours?

Our school hours for lower school is 8:00 – 3:00 and 7:50 – 3:10 for upper school.

Do you provide transportation?

We do NOT provide transportation. However, our students with a valid driver’s license can reserve a parking spot on campus.

Is United Faith Accredited?

Yes, we are accredited with ACTS and SACS CASI.

Tuition Assistance Offered?

We believe it is our ministry to keep tuition affordable for our community. Therefore, we have partnered with SMART AID to assist with financial needs of parents who apply for financial aid and third party objectivity. Please contact the Business Office Manager, at x231 with additional questions.  

Are all academic Teachers Certified/Licensed?

Yes, all of our academic teachers have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and are either state-certified or certified by our national accrediting agency.

What if I’m interested in STEM Programs?

We’re more traditional than technology based overall.  However, everything you want for your child from a typical stem program such as strong math curriculum, critical thinking, hands on interactivity, etc. – we offer.

Do you offer separate classes for students with learning needs?

No, we do not offer separate classes or reteaching of information at UFCA. We offer self contained classrooms.  We do not have the training or resources to support learning needs outside of mild to moderate.

Do you have an International Student Program?

Yes, we attract students from around the world. Our International Student Program student body typically makes 15-18 High School students.

Do you offer Before & After School Care?

Yes, we offer supervised care before school and after school. Program fees vary depending on the grade and plan selected (drop-in or unlimited). Availability is limited and any student expecting before or after school care for the 2018-19 school year must complete an application and pay a registration fee.

How Tuition is Paid?

All annual tuition may be paid in full and families will receive a 3% discount on annual tuition if paid in full.  We use SMART Tuition for processing and tuition collection. Smart Tuition offers families a number of payment options. Re-enrolled students, currently using SMART tuition, will automatically have their accounts rolled over for the upcoming school year by the Business Office.   

Are there any tuition discounts?

Yes, we offer multiple child, clergy, fire, police, EMT and active military tuition discounts.

What is the age requirement for Kindergarten?

All students must be 5 years old by end of August to be eligible for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten.  

How many credits are required to graduate?

We require all students to obtain 24 credits upon graduation. Students are also required to have Bible credit every year of attendance.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, all of our students are expected to dress according to “Appropriate Dress” guidelines whether on campus during the academic day or while attending extra-curricular activities.

Does my child need to have prior experience in order to play sports?

No, everyone is welcome to be a part of an athletic team of their choice regardless of prior experience.  Each sport has an official try-out to determine teams and placement. Try-out time and dates are posted throughout the school and on our sports calendar.