Senior Spotlight: Melissa Wilmot, 2015 ACA Valedictorian

Corpus Christi, Texas, is not Aiea, Hawaii. It’s a fact not lost on those of us who live here, and it was certainly not lost on thirteen year old Melissa Wilmot when her family received orders from Honolulu to her parents’ native Texas. A new climate, a new school, and a new (school) requirement for closed-toed shoes were not welcome adjustments to Melissa’s eighth grade year.  Five years later, graduating as valedictorian of ACA’s Class of 2015, Melissa has clearly navigated those changes successfully. Through volleyball, basketball, track, painting, drawing, and writing, Melissa has contributed her time, her talents, and her humor to the ACA community.

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Common Objections to Christian Classical Education: A Response

Though the philosophy and practice of Christian Classical education stretches back thousands of years in Western Civilization,  it’s recovery in America began as an obscure, grassroots movement  of private schools in the 1980’s.  Since then, it has become one of the most powerful international educational reform movements in decades.   In our culture of secular-progressive, mass public education, Christian Classical education is not “mainstream” and the educational establishment often feels deeply threatened by it.  Here, then, is my response to seven of the most common objections to Christian Classical education put forward by mainstream educational pundits.

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Respecting Readiness

Is your child “ready” for first grade? Is she “ready” to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic? If you attempt to answer this question by looking at her birth certificate and the calendar, you’re looking in the wrong direction. Chronological age and arbitrary cut-offs are completely irrelevant. The only thing that truly matters is your child’s individual rate and pattern of development.

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How Not to be a Self-Centered, Narcissistic Hedonist

On July 4, in the year 1776, on a bright and sunny but cool Philadelphia day, the newly formed Continental Congress of the North American British Colonies, unanimously adopted a document, originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson and revised by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, famously known as the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph of this document contains perhaps the most famous sentence in American history:

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The Single Most Important Question to Ask in Choosing a School

Choosing the right school for your child can be a challenging decision for any parent.  There are a multitude of important things to consider from environment to test scores to reputation to facilities etc.  But by far the most important criteria involves the quality of teachers.  Luke 6:40 succinctly states the mission of a true teacher: “A student, when he is mature, will be like his teacher.”

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend an Annapolis Open House

A new year brings many important decisions, but few more important than where your child will go to school.  January and February are particularly important months as parents and students evaluate the competitive advantages of schools in the area and make decisions that will impact their family for years to come. With this in mind, I would like to offer you the top 10 reasons why you and your family should RSVP to attend an Annapolis Christian Academy Open House event. Continue reading

Why Choose A Christian School?

In considering whether private school is worth the financial investment, there are a host of things to consider from academics to athletics to environment to customer service. While these are important considerations, for many families, religious commitments are the primary motivation. For these families (present author included), the question isn’t “Can I afford to send my kids to a private Christian school” but rather “Can I afford NOT to send my kids to a private Christian school.” Continue reading

Above & Beyond: The Annapolis Value Proposition

High quality private education doesn’t come cheap.  According to recent statistical data from the National Association of Independent Schools, the median tuition for private day schools in the U.S. is $12,000 for grades 1-4, $13,000 for grades 5-8, and $15,000 for grades 9-12.  While Annapolis tuition (thankfully!) doesn’t come close to these averages, it is still reasonable for parents to wonder whether the “return” of an Annapolis education is really worth the financial investment.  It is my belief that one of the key metrics in determining the “ROI” of an Annapolis education is the degree to which Annapolis is able to meet and exceed reasonable expectations in the delivery of its mission.  Continue reading