At Kremmling’s Mountain Valley Christian Acadeny, students receive special care
September 14, 2008
Kremmling’s Mountain Valley Christian Academy administrators teach students principles during daily learning.
This is the school’s third year. It is located inside Gore Range Baptist Church, 1117 Jackson Ave. near West Grand High School, but is not affiliated with that specific church.
“Everything that we teach is Bible-based,” said Carol Wilson, a teacher at the academy for two years. “Just about every subject stems from there. We use those same biblical principles in every subject.”
Families must support Christian doctrine to enroll children, she said.
“We teach biblical principles and we do teach from the Bible, so we don’t want a conflict,” Wilson added. “We want to make sure that they (parents) believe what we’re teaching their children.”
The school also offers a physical education class. Academy students can participate in extracurricular activities and public school sports, she said.
What makes the school stand out is the individual teaching, she said.
“We teach to the child,” Wilson said. “They have different strengths and different (gifts) so we’re sensitive to that.”
Small classrooms and parental involvement also are bonuses, she said.
“We expect our parents to be involved in the education of their children.”
The school curriculum is based on a foundation of seven basic moral principles, Wilson said.
They are taught “self government,” which teaches that everyone is responsible for their own actions. She also teaches them that God gave them a conscience so they know right from wrong. It’s not just about memorizing material, but researching information, studying and “owning the information,” she said.
The school’s basement is being remodeled to make room for additional classroom space.
The classes also go on field trips together. They have made several trips to Denver to see the Titanic Exhibit, Denver Zoo, Museum of Natural Science, and state Capitol. They also take local field trips.
Class started Aug. 25 and is in session Monday through Friday, with classes ending at noon the last day of the week.
Seventeen students are enrolled this year in the kindergarten through ninth grade. Enrollment is down by two this year. Students in kindergarten though 12th grade can enroll. The academy didn’t offer pre-kindergarten this year, but it hopes to continue it again next year, said Cathy Jones, Academy’s new administrator.
“Our teachers are combining a couple of grades,” Jones said. “We’re finding it kind of resembles a … one-room classroom. But with fewer students we find the students get more one-on-one with the teachers, so they can grow at their own rate.”
The ninth-grader enrolled is taking all of his courses with Liberty University. “So far, he’s just doing it all online,” Jones said.
Liberty University allows students who take online courses to apply for scholarships to retrieve the money they spent on classes, she said. The ninth-grader also attends devotions in morning, recess and lunch.
Denise Pulliam also teaches at the school.
Former Mountain Valley Christian Academy Administrator and Founder Deb Lengel said Kremmling Community Church Pastor Doug Stevenson started the private school. Lengel said she and others jumped at the idea. “We’ve been there since the beginning.”
Three years later, she is happy the school is still thriving with help of the community. “We get a lot of local church support,” she added.
A benefit is that it gives parents an alternative choice to send their children than the public school. They also receive “one-on-one instruction,” allowing students to excel at their own pace. “(They) don’t have to wait for others to catch up.”
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