After observing and learning about the successful Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas, in July, 2000, two families began planning and working to start a new school. With prayer and excitement, they decided to begin a similar school here in Ellis County. That decision resulted in the formation of Waxahachie Preparatory Academy, a Christian University-Model® school in Waxahachie, Texas. The school opened in the fall of 2001 in the Waxahachie Bible Church.
WPA was a charter member of the National Association of University-Model® Schools (NAUMS) in 2003, certified by NAUMS in 2004 and recertified in 2010 and 2017. The school achieved accreditation through SACS CASI in 2008 and re-accredited by an expanded AdvancED in 2013 and 2018. In June of 2012, the school moved to Heritage Baptist Church.
WPA is a unique private Christian school that has two proven elements of educational success - the professional instruction of a classroom teacher and one-on-one instruction from parents. These components are combined in a college-simulated program. Other proven elements are low student/teacher ratios, a strong work ethic for students, effective curriculum, focus on character development, and oversight by an independent local Board. This approach produces a high degree of academic achievement.