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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Marshall County's largest private school will soon offer all grades from kindergarten through 12th, and host a preschool for ages two and up.

Marshall Christian Academy adds the senior year of high school for the 2013-14 school year, and will change its name to Marshall Christian School as part of the expansion.

"We want to change to School to let everybody know that we do [all grades], as a lot of times when you have the academy you see that as just early education," Pam Miller said.

"We want everybody to know we're here and we have everything all the way through high school and they can prepare for college. They can start in the two-year-old class and go all the way through until they graduate."

Marshall Christian Academy opened at Brasher's Chapel Church seven years ago, with 18 students enrolled in first through fourth grade.

The next year they added fifth grade and grew to 50 students, and now have about 215.

Each year they continued to add an older grade as students progressed.

There are five in the eleventh grade who will become the school's first graduating class..

"It's gonna be exciting," junior Caleb Cody said.  "We're gonna be put in the history books."

He never attended Albertville public schools, and came to MCA in its second or third year.

"You're free to talk about the word and God and just all kinds of stuff like that," Cody said.

"[I like the] small environment.  More one on one time with teachers."

He said he is also excited about the school changing its colors from green and yellow to blue, white, and black; there's a new logo as well.

"We wanted to change the whole outlook so we wanted to go with something new and we felt like the blues and blacks and the white were brighter and more vivid and brings more attention and the logo stands out," Miller said.

"It's all fresh, everything's fresh."

New sports teams will wear those new colors, as the school plans to add volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, archery, track, and either six- or eight-man football.

Marshall Christian School will be part of the Alabama Christian Education Association in athletics, and Miller said they hope to become an Alabama High School Athletic Association 1A school within five years.  That requires five sports each for girls and boys.

"Sports is big issue for school; everybody wants sports." Miller said.

"We want to provide everything.  We want to provide the quality education, the Christian aspect of it, as well as provide all the extra-curricular activities."

Marshall Christian Academy has the same AdvancED accreditation as public schools in the area, and is also accredited through Association of Christian Schools International.