Why I Started a Classical Christian School

Dec 5, 2021 by

by Daniel David Black, The Gospel Coalition:

A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran this headline: “Christian Schools Boom in a Revolt Against Curriculum and Pandemic Rules.”

The reporter had spotted an encouraging trend among Christian schools. The Association of Christian Schools International—the largest association of evangelical Christian schools—reported its median school grew K–12 enrollment by 12 percent between the 2019–20 and 2020–21 academic years. Some of that growth happened during the school year: between August and December of 2020, more than a third of ACSI schools saw enrollment jump.

In the Association for Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), about 80 percent of classical schools grew in 2020–21, while fewer than 10 percent declined.

“The bigger factor is startups,” ACCS president David Goodwin said. “We presently have 91 startups we’re working with, on a base of about 310 members. Normally, we have 30 or so at this time. A threefold increase in ‘normal’ is great. But even better, that’s almost a 25 percent increase in overall membership if all of the startups were to launch.”

One of those startups is my school, Rochester Classical Academy (RCA). We optimistically opened our doors in September 2019. We should’ve been too young to survive a disruption like COVID; instead, we’ve consistently added students.

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