The result of the earnest prayers and efforts of many families in the area, Grace Academy was begun in August, 2008, from a unilateral desire for parent-driven, academically rigorous, and financially affordable Christian education for students in the High Country.
While not affiliated with any particular church or denomination, Grace Academy is distinctly Christian because of its worldview and its doctrinal commitments, consistent with the reformed faith. It is also classical because its curricula is taught according to the time-proven model of education known as the trivium. See the Classical Education page for more information about classical education method and the trivium.
The school’s college model structure combines the best aspects from conventional public, private, and home schools by pairing professional instruction with caring parents at home. It gives time and access, often robbed from parents by the very structure of traditional schools, back to parents in exchange for their commitment to be academically and relationally involved with their students outside of class. This is accomplished by the implementation of a class schedule comprised of two essential parts – the “school classroom”, where professional teachers present lessons on a once or twice-per-week basis in each subject, and the “home classroom”, where parents oversee the expansion and completion of the assignments during the remainder of the school week.
Such a structure provides tremendous benefits and opportunities for both conventional and homeschool families in the High Country. This good-faith partnership between parents and teachers makes school and home integration both possible and practical, resulting in a family-strengthening, quality education. A cooperative organization of “Extended Learning Days” has been established for families whose work schedule requires additional educational oversight beyond the school classroom defined above.
Grace Academy began the 2008-2009 academic year with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. An expansion to high school grades is planned for the future.