Central Christian Academy partners with parents to provide a quality, biblically based education which assists in a child’s academic, social, physical and spiritual development.

What sets us apart?

Some of the things that set Central Christian Academy apart include:

Partnering with parents in “training their children in the way they should go.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Providing a quality education based on the truths of the Bible.

Preparing students for their future with an excellent and well-balanced education.

Developing the hearts, minds, and bodies of young leaders.

Proclaiming that all knowledge and wisdom come from God and that the universe around them is in harmony and agreement with its Creator.


Cynthia Massaro
Cynthia MassaroCCA Principal
Rachel Grant
Rachel GrantPreschool (N3) Teacher
Melanie Gates
Melanie GatesPreschool (N3) Aide
Meg Polk
Meg PolkPreschool (K4) Teacher
Kim Kachelmeyer
Kim KachelmeyerKindergarten Teacher
Elizabeth Narraway
Elizabeth NarrawayFirst & Second Grade Teacher
Erika Oakes
Erika OakesThird Grade Teacher
Tara Amidon
Tara AmidonFourth Grade Teacher
Ann Oliver
Ann OliverLearning Center Teacher
Kay Gould
Kay GouldLearning Center Aide
Dot Sikorski
Dot SikorskiLearning Center Aide
Landon Gray
Landon GrayMusic Teacher
Steven Perkins
Steven PerkinsFinancial Office
Sarah DeSanto
Sarah DeSantoCCA School Secretary
David Sandhoff
David SandhoffCustodian
Pastor Mark Massaro
Pastor Mark MassaroCCA School Superintendent & FBC Pastor

Central Christian Academy School Committee

We are blessed to have an oversight committee with many years of education experience and insight. The school committee (pictured above from Left to Right) includes former Jamestown Community College director – Frank Porpiglia, public school teacher – Christy Szocki, our former CCA School Principal, Stephanie Pollok (now retired), committee chairman, FBC deacon and Fredonia State University associate professor, Dr. Marc Guy, our School Superintendent – Pastor Mark Massaro, and former public school teacher and current CCA School Principal – Cindi Massaro. Another member is current CCA teacher, Meg Polk (not in the photo).

Our History

Central Christian Academy was founded in 1981 through the guidance and vision of Pastor Earl Leiby of the First Baptist Church in Dunkirk. CCA’s opening enrollment included fifteen students in Kindergarten through Second grade.

Central Christian Academy was founded in 1981 through the guidance and vision of Pastor Earl Leiby of the First Baptist Church in Dunkirk. CCA’s opening enrollment included fifteen students in Kindergarten through Second grade.

In the following years, Central Christian Academy continued to grow until enrollment began exceeding building space. First Baptist Church built a new education building in 1987 to expand the school with more classrooms and enhance its church ministries. CCA then offered classes for Preschool through Grade 6. In 2008, Business First publication of Buffalo ranked CCA the top elementary school in Chautauqua County.

The Learning Center was later added to the school, offering a college prep program for students in grades 6-12. The Learning Center offers its students the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum program. A.C.E. is unique from other curriculum because of its individualized, self-instructional, mastery-based approach. Our students work through individual Packets (PACEs) to absorb subject material at their own pace rather than being forced to learn at a pace set by a teacher in a classroom environment. Instead of being labeled by a chronological grade, each student may advance according to individual learning abilities. The Learning Center has two full time teachers providing educational support to the students.

For over thirty-five years, Central Christian Academy has offered a high quality, Christian education for the families in our community and seeks to continue its growth and impact on the lives of our students and their families.

Our Memberships

Central Christian Academy is a member of the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS). The AACS is an association of state associations—forty state, regional, and international associations working together to provide legislative oversight, to promote high quality Christian education programs, to encourage the goal of producing Christlike young people, and to provide related institutional and personnel services to our constituents. AACS schools are “educating for eternity.” Learn more at www.aacs.org.

We are a member of the New York Association of Christian Schools. Learn more at www.nyacs.com.
Their purposes are:

1. PROTECTION: To provide protection – the right for our Christian schools to exist and teach the Christian philosophy.
2. PROMOTION: To promote programs to achieve excellence in the operation and advancement of our Christian schools.
3. PROVISION: To provide activities and services which will aid our schools in obtaining these purposes.

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