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 12 teachers and a chaplain who embody this vision. As a result, after enrolling 38 boys for our first year, and 55 boys the second year, we now have 66 boys enrolled in grades 3-8.
Many classes take place in the farm house, which was originally built in 1931. Since purchasing the property in December 2017, we have remodeled the house to include a reception area, classrooms, locker rooms, and even a small library. A teacher’s lounge and administrative offices occupy the second floor.
In the fall of 2019, we entirely remodeled the old three car garage into a beautiful chapel space that, with partitions, we can also use as a classroom. This 800 square foot space also includes a handicapped access bathroom and a sacristy.
Last spring we submitted 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 include designs for a new road, parking, stormwater runoff remediation, and landscaping. We hope to begin construction before the summer of 2021.
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.