Genesis Classical Academy says school is now in session
It did not seem like too long ago the city of Winnebago received the news of their school being closed.
But, now just months later, the community has pulled together to help bring a new school to town Genesis Classical Academy.
In a matter of months, the school was formed, but it wasn’t always easy.
“It was because we had faith, willpower, courage and we kept moving forward,” Genesis headmaster Renee Doyle says.
Now right along with the other schools in Faribault County, Genesis Classical Academy started their classes for the first time this past week.
“We have more students than we had expected,”?Doyle adds.
Genesis will have grades Pre-K through fourth grade this year and intend to add a grade each year after that.
“We were actually only going to start with classes up to second grade,”?Doyle says. “But, we had enough interest from families who wanted all of their kids in the same school.”
So, with that amount of interest, they are prepared to start the school year with more than 30 students.
The students can expect to receive a special kind of education which, Doyle says, is based on the trivium education style.
Trivium education includes three phases: grammar, logic and rhetoric.
Grammar includes learning and memorizing important facts and information. Logic involves the stage of questioning these facts and rhetoric teaches the students how to go out and have discussions about these facts.
“We show all sides of things and let them use their brain to figure out the facts to support it,”?Doyle explains. “We don’t isolate them to a certain teaching or tell them, this is what you’re going to believe.”
Genesis will be teaching religion in the classroom as well.
“There will be some secular classes and some religious,”?Doyle says. “Most of the time we are weaving the two together.”
Doyle thinks more families are interested in enrolling their children but were hesitant to do so until they knew more about how the school worked.
“Once people see these students out in the public, communicating in our communities, they will see the difference,”?she says.
But, the community has already shown their true colors in the amount of support they have shown for the new school.
“It was like a bridal shower for the school,”?Doyle says.
She explains that people started coming in with donations, to volunteer, just to help out any way they could.
Donations even came from sources outside of the community.
“We received a huge donation from a business in the cities,” Doyle adds.
The company, who was going to be throwing out a bunch of office supplies and furniture in order to replace their own, decided to donate them to the new school.
“We got a bunch of office equipment, chairs that were almost brand new, about 30 whiteboards,”?Doyle says. “They were just going to dump it. That was a miracle in itself.”
The next miracle was the amount of interest in people who wanted to become staff members and teachers at this new school.
“We didn’t have to go far to find qualified teachers,” she says.
The teaching staff has either a teaching degree or a masters in education or both or an equivalent.
“The teachers are also mature Christians from various denominations,” Doyle adds. “It’s an incredible blessing.”
Doyle says that the investors and donors from the community have also been a key factor in the success of getting this school up and running.
“The investors are making a long lasting and immeasurable impact,”?Doyle adds.
More than half of the school’s budget has come from generous donations and investments from the community.
In fact, the school has done whatever they could to help all students who wanted to come to the school.
“If a family has a desire to send their children here we will find a way to work with them to make this happen,” Doyle adds.
And, they have made that a possibility for the 30 plus students who started the school year at Genesis Classical Academy for it’s first year in Winnebago.