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In 1983, several parents, inspired by the books Better Late than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore and For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, began to consider homeschooling. As they planned, a Westerly Road Church couple, Dr. Douglas and Laura Megill realized that a Christian enrichment program, which brought students together for group activities, would unite the best of homeschooling with the best of community educational experience. By 1984, this group received ministry status from Westerly Road Church, enabling it to create the Westerly Road Church Learning Center (WLC). The center opened its doors in September of 1985. The first class included eight junior aged students (K-2nd grade) and met three mornings a week with a Judith Raines, a woman who had worked as a teacher with Susan Schaeffer Macaulay in England.

By 1989, the enrollment had increased to over 30 students, and a middler class (today's "Upper Elementary") was added. Multiple afternoon classes were now offered which covered subjects from art to history, science to composition. At this juncture as well, the Megills moved away from Princeton. The Westerly Road Church elder board, recognizing the unique opportunity that WLC offered, continued to help to steer this vital ministry to homeschooling families. To aid in this process, WLC hired as its director/administrator then teacher Karen Ristuccia. Mrs. Ristuccia continued in this capacity for the next 17 years before, in 2006, passing the baton to our present director (Mrs.) Kim Torquato. Throughout these now 23 years of incorporation, the WLC has maintained its vision of supplying a university-model education to homeschoolers and their families.