The fruit of years of prayer and work, in September 2018 Sparhawk Academy began its great adventure of educating boys. Our original plan was to open with 25 boys in grades 4-7, and add a grade 3 and grade 8 in our second year. But many families were attracted to the three pillars of our vision:
- we exist to support parents as the primary educators of their children;
- boys will thrive in a boy-friendly curriculum and physical environment;
- boys hunger for role models who will challenge them academically, encourage their physical development, mentor their moral imagination, and guide their spiritual lives.
We now have an outstanding faculty of 11 teachers and a chaplain who embody this vision. As a result, after enrolling 38 boys for our first year, we now have 55 boys enrolled in grades 3-8.
Classes take place in the farm house built in 1931. Since purchasing the property in December 2017 we have remodeled the first and second floors to carve out a reception area, locker rooms, and six classrooms. A teacher’s lounge and administrative offices occupy the second floor.
Our 300 square foot basement classroom can accommodate 18 students. Our other five classrooms are each less than 250 square feet, with capacities of between 3 and 15 students. Since we teach several subjects to paired grades, we cannot have more than 18 students in the combined grades 3 and 4, 5 and 6, or 7 and 8.
Since September we have entirely remodeled the old three car garage into a beautiful chapel space that, with partitions, we can also use as our Music Hall. This 800 square foot space also includes a handicapped access bathroom and a sacristy. But even this space will accommodate only 70 persons attending Mass.
Because of these constraints on increasing our enrollment we anticipate that, in spite of greater demand for next year, our current facilities simply will not allow us any more than nominal growth.
This spring we will be submitting a plans to various Town of Millis boards in order to construct an 8,000 square-foot building, containing five classrooms, a large chapel, and a large gathering space. These plans will include designs for a new ring road, parking, stormwater runoff remediation, and landscaping. We hope to begin construction this summer.
We welcome your questions and ideas about how we can make the Sparhawk experience available to more families. We invite you to pray for the success of this expansion, support us with your charitable giving, and alert other potential families and donors about our wonderful school and vision for the education of boys.