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Church plans to open school

by Merrie Leininger

Douglas County parents will soon have one more option for schooling their children – in the word of God.

Faith Christian Academy, run by the Calvary Chapel of Carson Valley, will open this fall, but only accept kindergarten students at first. Next year, the school plans to expand, eventually offering kindergarten through 6th grade.

The academy, according to teacher and administrator, Jill Crandall, will be faith-based, meaning the curriculum will be taught from a non-denominational Christian perspective and include chapel services and Bible study. Crandall’s husband, Jack, is assistant pastor of the church. The school will be held in the church at 1004 Dresslerville Road.

“We as a church believe all Christians are one body, one church, and most people have been very comfortable or even seeking out that kind of education. The major tenets of Christian faith seem to be held by most denominations,” Crandall said.

Crandall, who taught at C.C. Meneley Elementary School for seven years before leaving to help organize Faith Christian Academy, said the classes will be taught by certified teachers who will work with children at individual levels.

“Academically, the curriculum will have a strong emphasis on problem solving, logic and reasoning. Students need to put it together for themselves with specific, measurable goals. The curriculum will be different for each student’s needs,” she said.

Crandall said the school will be licensed by the Nevada School Board in August. She said there were several inspections and requirements for the church to start the school. Students will be accepted from the general public and not just the church membership.

“It was a lengthy process, but we chose to be fully-licensed and use only certified teachers, so we are starting small. We want to have excellence across the board,” she said.

The idea came from a couple who are members of the church, and a board was formed to look at the possibility and what it would take.

“There wasn’t an educator on the board, so I joined. I kind of wanted to play devil’s advocate, but once I saw the possibilities, it became interesting to me,” she said.

The school, which will operate on a traditional school calendar, will begin Aug. 30 and is accepting 20 students this year.

Crandall said about half the seats are open and the school will continue to accept new students until all seats are filled.

The kindergarten class will run half-day, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will eat lunch they bring from home. Crandall is working on getting transportation to area day care centers.

Kindergarten class tuition is $1,250 a year per student, with discounts available for those who prepay. Monthly payment plans are available.

For more information or for a copy of the academy’s mission and philosophy, call 265-3259 to speak with Crandall or one of the pastors.