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The right hand of the LORD is exalted! The right hand of the LORD performs with valor!

Our Mission

Education with a commitment to developing the next generation of leaders.

We desire that you become a fully devoted follower of Christ who makes Christ known throughout the earth and helps others discover their God-designed purpose. 

Our Vision

Building students into their God-designed purpose through education.

We desire that each of our students become a fully devoted follower of Christ. Our heart is to see students making Christ known throughout the earth and helping others to discover their own God-designed purpose – even long after they have left the doors of Valorous Academy. We intentionally advance individuals to live a life of significance on purpose for God.

Valorous Academy Through the Years

We are grateful for the history and heritage of Valorous Church, and we also know that God is positioning His Church for greater work in the future. It is remarkable to witness how He has planted the school in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina––a vibrant and growing community. We are proud of our school and we look forward to serving and growing with this wonderful community and its families.

Early Visions • 2016 and Before

Under the direction of Lead Pastor Clay NeSmith of Barefoot Church (Now Valorous), the vision for a Christian school was put into action.

Ascent Education • 2018

After two years of prayer and planning, the school’s founder, Dr. Ann M. Black, established Ascent Christian Academy in 2018.

Valorous Academy • 2022

In March of 2022 ACA changed its name, alongside the church, to Valorous Academy. The school was established as an educational ministry of Valorous Church to be a school that teaches leadership values and reaches out to the community while providing an engaging learning environment.

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Our Values

These are the characteristics and qualities we want to embody and build into each of our students. We believe that a life that reflects these values is truly one that makes a difference in the world for the Kingdom – a life of valor.


the ability to influence, guide, inspire, and develop people

  • Leaders impact others by building trust and influencing them for good

  • Leaders hold each other accountable and uphold one another to high standards

  • Leaders fulfill their responsibilities and exceed expectations

  • Leaders have an entrepreneurial mindset

  • Leaders are strategic and visionary


firm adherence to a set of moral principles; ethical behavior

  • People of integrity do the right thing even when no one is watching

  • People of integrity do the right thing even when it’s difficult

  • People of integrity are the opposite of hypocrites

  • People of integrity are trustworthy, honest, and responsible


the choice or willingness to take action in spite of fear; the mental or moral strength to

  • Courageous people take risks and seize what is essential for spiritual growth

  • Courageous people practice perseverance

  • Courageous people feel fear, but make the choice to take action in spite of their fear


the ability to withstand great force or pressure; the capacity for exertion or endurance

  • Strong people put on the full armor of God and pray in all circumstances

  • Strong people stick to their goals

  • Strong people have great stamina and practice endurance

  • Strong people are confident in the face of adversity

Global Team

At the helm of Valorous Academy, our leaders and faculty uphold these values in their personal and professional lives. We have a multitude behind the scenes pouring into our students and families. Highlighted here are our administrators who lead at a global level.

Dr. Ann Black

Principal and Family Pastor

Ann holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s in Bible and Theology. In 2018, she founded Ascent Education (now Valorous Academy). Her God-given vision and commitment to excellence have led to the school’s unprecedented growth — allowing for expanded reach throughout our community!

Mrs. Black has been married for 32 years, has 3 children, and 7 grandchildren. She also loves her labrador retriever, Remington. 

A lifelong learner herself, Ann is currently enrolled in Harvard Business School, studying School Leadership. Her heart for students and families is unparalleled, and her genuine care for the spiritual wellbeing of students is evident in her every conversation.

Rachel Buckley

Valorous Academy Assistant Principal

Rachel Buckley began as Assistant Principal in fall of 2021. Prior to that she taught fourth grade. Mrs. Buckley lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband, Jeffrey, and children Sophia and Noah. Mrs. Buckley and her husband have been married for over 15 years. The Buckley family attends Valorous Church. 

Mrs. Buckley completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at Francis Marion University and continued her education with graduate work in Applied Psychology at Liberty University.

Mrs. Buckley has over twenty years of experience working with and educating children and families through Early Intervention, Easter Seals, Safe Kids, and local Children’s Hospitals.

Mrs. Buckley has truly loved working with the students, families, teachers, and staff at Valorous Academy and looks forward to the years to come.

Our sponsors are invested in developing the next generation of leaders. It's through their generosity we continue to grow.

New in 2022

The Generation Project is a capital campaign for securing and outfitting the new modulars for our school. It is also about our God and reaching the Generations—present and future, through the educational environment. With that in mind, we’re preparing to move to our new property and facilities in the summer of 2023.

Will you help?

Thank you for your continued giving to support the mission and vision of Valorous Academy.

We're Part of a Bigger Family

Valorous Academy is a ministry of Valorous Church.

Valorous Church

A vibrant and welcoming non-denominational church in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

With an unshakable hope in Jesus, we are a church that believes we can face and experience victory over any challenge that comes our way. Our mission is to bring people into a relationship with Jesus, help them discover who God says that they are, and equip them to live victorious lives that bring others to Jesus.