The congregation at Mineral Baptist Church is taking a leap of faith as its members prepare to open a Christian school, beginning with kindergarten this year.
“We are hoping the program becomes a K-12 eventually,” said Kelly Taylor, who is a member of the school study committee and is serving as one of the interim school board members. “We decided to begin with kindergarten to capitalize on the students currently enrolled in our well respected Mineral Christian Preschool.”
This year, the school will be limited to no more than two kindergarten classes of between 10 and 15 students each and will use the Classical Christian Education program. Additional grade levels will be added as necessary in the coming years.
The interim school board is hoping to draw students from not only Louisa County, but Orange and Spotsylvania counties as well, provided parents can bring the children to school and pick them up at the end of the day. There won’t be any transportation available. Meals won’t be provided either, so parents will need to pack lunches for the students, Taylor said.
“Our focus in starting the private Christian school is to develop community leaders without all the things mandated in a public school setting. We have more flexibility in what and how we teach,” Taylor said.
Tammy Trice, who is currently the director of Mineral Christian Preschool, will also serve as director for the new elementary school.
“We are thrilled to have her take on this role and be able to take advantage of her knowledge and connection with the community, the preschool’s students and their families,” Taylor said.
In the Classical curriculum, the material is taught across all the subject matters so the concepts learned in science are also taught in math, grammar and social studies. While they are not so evident in the kindergarten curriculum, they are much more evident in the higher grades, Taylor said.
“Everything is connected in life so this curriculum teaches that everything learned is interconnected and integrated, not just something to be studied or memorized,” she said.
To read the entire story, see the April 16 edition of The Central Virginian.