"When you look at ours (scores), we're way, way above average," said Warren. Compared to just Christian schools, he said, DCA is at least seven to nine points above average.
DCA uses the Abeka curriculum, which not only is academically challenging, but includes studies of the Bible, Warren said.
"What attracts parents here is the high academic standard, low pupil-teacher ratio and the Christian environment," he said. Only 10 students are in each four-year-old kindergarten class and the cap is 12 for students in five-year-old kindergarten. All other classes have a cap of 20 students. Warren believes the students' success is due to smaller classes.
"They get a lot of attention," he said. "With the parent involvement ... they know what's going on, they have good dialogue with the teachers."
Danville Christian Academy recently held a long range planning session, part of which included talk of moving the school out of Calvary Baptist into a stand-alone school building.
Search has started for location of new school
A "futures" committee is currently looking at places in the Danville area where a new school could be built.
"They have looked high and low," Warren said. "I feel strongly that they can have land very possibly by the end of this calendar year."
Once land is either donated or sold to DCA for what Warren calls a "reasonable price," he hopes the building process could start within the next year to year-and-a-half.
"Land close to Danville is hard to find. We may have to move out of Danville some," he said.
"We want to have a building that looks like a school," Warren said.
A gymnasium will be needed along with a chapel for weekly services.
The rest will be for classrooms and administrative areas, according to Warren.
Each room would be wired for technology.
"Everything that you would find in a public classroom, we want in ours," Warren said.
The challenge however, to building a new school is money.
"Education is an expensive proposition. Whether you are a private school or a Christian school - don't have that state funding behind you - it becomes a very critical issue. "
DCA is funded primarily by tuition, which is $2,800 a year for full-time students. Several fund drives are also held through-out the school year.
"We have a very active Parent-Teacher Fellowship. They raise a lot of money," Warren said.
In the past, PTF raised $11,000 that was used to help buy teacher supplies and a school bus.
The funds collected through donations are used primarily to help in their tuition assistance program.
"(If) somebody gets laid off in a family and they're struggling, we have some money during the year to help those people."