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3 Twin Cities schools are merging to create United Christian Academy

The new offering opens fall of 2019.

Three Twin Cities Christian schools are merging to create a single PreK-12 offering, one its leaders say will lead to a larger school with more options.

United Christian Academy, as the new school is called, will open in the fall of 2019 and is now accepting admission applications, according to an announcement. It is a "one-of-a-kind consolidation," the announcement says, of three schools: Bethany Academy and Life Academy, both in Bloomington, and Christian Life Academy of Farmington.

United Christian Academy will be located on the current Bethany Academy grounds.

Current families of Life Academy won't have to travel far, since the school is only a few miles away. But for families currently at Christian Life Academy, they'll have to consider if a 20-mile commute is worth it.

Long-term however, Christian Life Academy Administrator Darin Kindle told Sun This Week the plan is to eventually move to a campus south of the river, possibly in Burnsville or Lakeville.

United Christian Academy says the separate offerings simply weren't working. Leaders at each individual school had recognized "the need to provide additional educational and extracurricular opportunities to families beyond what each school was able to offer independently."

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So they opted to come together, with plans to increase enrollment and expand offerings in aviation, high school athletics and the arts.

“We can do more as a larger school, making Christian education more attractive and accessible to families in the South Metro,” said Darin Kindle, Christian Life Academy administrator, in the announcement.

Meanwhile, the Christian Life Academy campus in Farmington is up for sale, the Pioneer Press points out, if anyone is looking for a 20-acre property with 30,000 square feet of school space and 10,000 square feet of church/assembly space. It's on the market for $3.9 million. Tuition at the new school will be $7,500 -$8,500, the Pioneer Press says.

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