Two years ago, I left the relative security of a predictable yearly salary in a public school system to start my own school. I loved working with the kids and I was blessed to collaborate with many dedicated and talented professionals at our public elementary school in north Fort Worth. However, after years of trying to find solutions, my conscience would not allow me to go on working in a system where I saw so many kids struggle. I will not cast blame on any one person because most people working in this system care about kids and work very hard. It’s the system. And because of federal mandates, state testing, and unreasonable standards for young children, I do not see much hope unless there is radical change.
After two years, I can honestly say I am glad I took the leap of faith! Our kids love coming to school. Creating a school that is beautiful, comfortable (not institutional), has room for lots of movement and play, and is innovative to meet kids’ needs is rewarding work. The benefits of a shorter school week, reduced homework, and a school that honors God, families, and serving others is evident in the faces and smiles of the children who attend. Many of the kids we have did not do well in traditional settings.
Having the freedom of offering SOI Certified Learning is another benefit that Continue reading “A New Kind of Elementary Education”