Jubilee announces summer science/robotics camps

robotics_1_trackby Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director

Jubilee Academy has added three summer science camps, taught by Rebecca Cecil, who will teach robotics next school year. The following opportunities are available:

Middle School Robotics Camp

July 28-31, 1-4pm

Camp for students entering 5th-8th grade.  We will use the Lego® Mindstorms™ Robots to learn how to build and program robots to perform autonomous tasks. At the end of the week we will have a challenge!


Elementary Robotics Camp

Aug 4-7, 9am-noon

Camp for students entering 1st-4th grade.  We will use the Lego® WeDo™ Robot to learn the basics of building robots.  We will teach our robots to do a variety of tasks and respond to their environments.


Middle School Science Camp

Aug 4-7, 1-4pm

Science activities made fun!  We will blow up volcanoes, watch planets move, play with electric circuits, make edible creations and do all sorts of other fun things.  This is NOT your normal science class!

Cost for each of these camps is $100 for the first student and $75 per sibling.

Registration forms are available on the Jubilee Summer Camp Information Page




Jubilee Academy announces summer care program

74497___gustavorezende___Kids_6_03By Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director

Jubilee Academy will host a summer program that provides full and part-time learning opportunities for school-age students. The program will have an academic component to guard against regression of skills, but will also provide indoor and outdoor play and exploration opportunities that rising first through eighth graders need over the summer months. The program will operate 9-3 Monday-Friday, with options for before and after school care. Students may arrive at 8:30 a.m. and stay until 5 p.m. if needed, for an additional charge. Students may attend between two and five days weekly.

On a typical day, students will study the Bible, read books and materials of their choosing, free write, study grammar, work on sight words, spend time memorizing math facts, play educational games, observe nature, do some chores, and have plenty of time to play and interact with other students. The academics will be low-pressure, but will be designed to keep kids from losing what they learned during the previous year.

Students may participate in the summer care program, even if they don’t attend Jubilee during the year. The program will run June 2-August 22.

The program costs $500/month for full-time participants. Part-time participants pay $30/day. Before-school care is an additional $5/day, and after-school care is $5/hour. Deposit is $150/first child, and $75/each additional sibling.

For more information, or to find out how to reserve your child’s spot, call 502-439-4400, or email jubilee.academy@aol.com.

Jubilee Academy offers summer camps

This summer, Jubilee Academy teachers will offer summer variety camps for students in preK-9th grade. Participants will experience a variety of activities, including nature walks, art, and other creative ventures. They will rotate by age group through a variety of stations, each of which offers a fun, educational activity, all centered around a particular theme. Additionally, there will be two reading comprehension/writing camps offered. Students will learn research-based reading and writing strategies. The camp schedule and fees are as follows:

Variety Camp 1 (Theme: Dessert First)

Grades: PreK-8

Dates: July 7-10, 14-17

Time: 9-noon

Cost: $200/siblings $150

Reading Comprehension/Writing Camp 1 

Grades: rising 6th-9th

Dates: July 7-10, 14-17

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $200/siblings $150

Variety Camp 2 (Theme: Birds of a Feather)

Grades: PreK-8

Dates: July 28-31, Aug. 4-7

Time: 9 a.m.-noon

Cost: $200/siblings $150

Reading Comprehension/Writing Camp 

Grades: rising 3rd-5th

Dates: July 28-31, Aug. 4-7

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $200/siblings $150


To register for a camp, call 502-439-4400, or email jubilee.academy@aol.com. Send the forms below and $50 registration per student per camp to Jubilee Academy, 7505 Kavanaugh Road, Crestwood, KY 40014.

Jubilee Academy Summer Camp 2014 Registration Forms

As Jubilee expands, more space is needed

The Richard's Cottage will provide additional space for Jubilee Students next school year.
The Richard’s Cottage will provide additional space for Jubilee Students next school year.

By Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director

Jubilee Academy is growing again! Next year we will need at least five classrooms, as opposed to the three we have this school year. We have confirmed with Kavanaugh Center that we will lease the Richards Cottage next year, which is adjacent to our current tabernacle building. The cottage  contains two large rooms and a small room. Our preschool and primary classes will meet in the two large rooms. The small room may be an office, or a smaller classroom.

Improvements also will be made to the current classrooms. There will be doors from the classrooms to the bathrooms and there is a possibility that an additional classroom may be built on the same end as the bathrooms. The wall between Room 3 and the office will be knocked down to create a bigger classroom. There are some other improvements that will be made in order to create a better experience for our students.

The additional space will allow Jubilee Academy to enroll more students, while creating a more specialized education for each student. Having five teachers will enable each level to target about two grades, rather than the broader range covered in some cases this year. Teacher-student ratio will remain at 1:10.

I’m so pleased that we are able to remain at Kavanaugh Center as we grow. It’s such a beautiful facility that affords our students unique opportunities for nature study and outdoor play. The natural setting is peaceful, and it reminds us that there is a Creator who loves us.

If you are interested in learning more about Jubilee Academy, you are invited to our informational meeting, Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at 7505 Kavanaugh Road, Crestwood. Additionally, you may call 502-439-4400, or email jubilee.academy@aol.com.

God consistently provides for Jubilee Academy

photo 4-2By Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director

I often tell people that Jubilee Academy is the first thing I’ve completely given to God and let Him run with. And oh, how amazing this journey has been. He has directed this adventure from the beginning, and has taken it to places I never could have dreamed.

An example of His provision is that every teacher on staff has approached me about a position. I didn’t need to recruit or take out an ad. I didn’t have to do an extensive interview process. Recently, I tried to recruit a specific teacher whom I thought God had directed me to approach. That person accepted the position, but backed out shortly after. I could almost hear God saying, “My daughter, I’ve got this. I will send you the teacher you need. Don’t go looking for anyone.” I listened to that still, small voice. Two days later, I got an email from someone I respect very much, inquiring about whether there were any full-time positions. God provided the right person for His school, and I hadn’t needed to spend any extra effort trying to make it happen.

In the next couple of days, I will announce our two additional teachers for next year. I am highly enthusiastic about both of these incredible women whom God has sent to Jubilee Academy. I also will announce some changes to our physical location that will improve the school and accommodate our expansion.

If you are interested in learning more about Jubilee Academy, and would like to see if it’s a good fit for your family, you are invited to our informational meeting, Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., at 7505 Kavanaugh Road, Crestwood. You may also contact me at 502-439-4400 or jubilee.academy@aol.com.

Jubilee Vision for 2014-15 School Year

Jubilee Academy students use compare fractions using manipulatives.
Jubilee Academy students use compare fractions using manipulatives.

By Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director

Jubilee Academy has had a terrific school year. I don’t think I could have asked for things to have gone any more smoothly during our first year. Keep in mind that my original vision for this year was to teach about eight students in my home two days per week. God obviously had different plans, and so Jubilee Academy has evolved throughout the year. We now have about 40 students, nine of whom are full-time. Because the nature of the school has changed from my original expectations, and because experience often is the best teacher, I am continually making practical revisions. With that in mind, here is what I expect next school year to look like:

We will have more classes, so that we may provide an even more individualized education for each student. Classes will be named by level, rather than by grade. Here is a list of the levels with approximate grade levels in parentheses: PreK (ages 3-5), Primary (K-1), Early Intermediate (2-3), Upper Intermediate (4-5), and Middle School (6-8). The reason we aren’t calling each class by grade level is that we want to have the flexibility to place students according to their abilities, rather than age. DeAnn Merritt will continue to teach PreK, Cheri Withrow will continue to teach Primary. I will teach Upper Intermediate. We are in process of hiring teachers for Early Intermediate and Middle School.  Each class will continue to be limited to ten students. Our Upper Intermediate classes currently are nearing capacity. Middle School classes are about half full.

Kindergarten-8th grade students will experience the same curriculum and teachers whether they attend Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. The content will not be identical, because we have full-time students who need to experience something different each day. But a full curriculum will be offered in both programs and they will fit together seamlessly. For example, if we are studying geography, the Monday/Wednesday class may be reading non-fiction articles related to African geography, while the Tuesday/Thursday group may be reading African folktales that reveal their culture. The following week, the Monday/Wednesday class may read an African historical fiction novel, and the Tuesday/Thursday class may read articles about tribal customs.

Next year we will incorporate geography into the reading, writing, and math curriculum. We will cover physical and cultural geography, and we will embed our science and social studies curriculum into the reading, writing, and math. For example, we will read literature related to a country we are studying, we will write a similar style of literature, and we will locate the absolute and relative location on the map. If we conduct an authentic activity related to the culture, we will write about our experiences. We may need to measure out the size of a dwelling in order to visualize what it would be like to live in that culture. We may create games related to the culture and write out the steps for the games. We will study the biomes contained in that area and we may write reports about characteristics of those biomes.

Monday-Thursday afternoons, each class will have a social skills lesson, followed by a related arts class. Related arts classes are not determined yet, but will be announced soon. Possibilities include an extended social skills class, music, art, P.E., and foreign language.

Fridays will be structured differently from the rest of the week. There will be five elective blocks of 45-50 minutes each. There will be four or five choices of classes during each block. Potential classes include social skills, music, art, P.E., foreign language, creative writing, math games, journalism, debate, public speaking, knitting, economics, and literature circles. Students may take as many classes as they want. Each class will have an individual fee.

Preschool students will meet Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12:15. Preschool curriculum is hands-on. Miss DeAnn focuses on social skills, fine motor skills, and kindergarten readiness.

Registration is well underway for Jubilee Academy’s 2014-15 school year. New families registering by Feb. 18 receive $50 off of the registration fee. There is an informational meeting Feb. 18, 6:30-8, at 7505 Kavanaugh Road, Crestwood. Some classes may be full before the meeting, so if you want more information, or to tour or have a student shadow for a day, contact Heather Peavler, 502-439-4400, or jubilee.academy@aol.com.


Top Ten Reasons to Enroll at Jubilee Academy

Students work together to research and present particular ecosystems to the class.
Students work together to research and present particular ecosystems to the class.

People interested in finding out more about Jubilee Academy may like to know why they should consider enrolling their children. In my opinion, here are the top ten reasons:

10. If you’re a homeschooler, it may help you avoid burnout. When I first homeschooled my two daughters, I started strong. But one of my daughters had some learning challenges, and that led to burnout. After five years of homeschooling, I enrolled my daughters in school. At Jubilee Academy, we want to help you avoid burnout. Having a couple days a week to catch up on errands, plan your homeschool curriculum, and just have a break, can give you the oasis you need in order to stay fresh as a homeschool teacher and as a parent.

9. It’s affordable. Whether you are looking for full-time or part-time programming, we are an affordable Christian school. We always will keep our tuition low, because part of our vision is to offer a Christian education to families who normally wouldn’t have access to one.

Students have opportunities to present ideas to their peers.

8. Our teachers are highly competent and caring. All have credentials and experience that qualify them to teach with excellence. Most have teaching degrees and certifications. More importantly, each teacher believes that your child is an important member of our learning community.

7. Social skills and character training are included in the curriculum. We dedicate time daily to explicitly teach social skills, and we have an extended social skills class each week. We begin each day with a devotional or Scripture reading, and we refer to the Bible throughout the day in order to teach our students to be people of good character.

6. We don’t use Common Core Standards. Many parents and teachers have concerns about the Common Core Standards which the state of Kentucky requires to be taught in the public schools. Teachers are overwhelmed with the expectations on them, and they have to dedicate time to things other than teaching. Parents are concerned about an increasingly secular humanist worldview and less emphasis on the basics. At Jubilee Academy, we do not use the Common Core Standards. Instead, we teach the basics, like spelling, handwriting, and multiplication tables.

Spending time in nature is an important part of the curriculum at Jubilee Academy.
Spending time in nature is an important part of the curriculum at Jubilee Academy.

5. We teach from a Christian worldview. Everything we do comes through the filter of Scripture. We incorporate the Bible and its principles throughout the day, from an academic and character-building standpoint. Scientifically, we embrace creationism and can back it up with evidence. We train students to treat each other according to the Golden Rule and to do their work as working for the Lord.

4. Hands-on learning engages students. We want students to be active learners, so we give them opportunities to do, rather than to just “sit and get.”  Jubilee students experience learning. Education is something they participate in–not something that is handed to them. Whoever is doing the work is doing the learning, so we want our students to work hard every day.

3. Our students have made gains in all academic areas. We recently tested our students in reading, writing, and math. Each made gains since the beginning of the school year–many in all three areas. We continually assess students to make sure they are progressing and mastering the material. We don’t move on until we know they have mastered a unit. Therefore, they make gains.

2. Our low teacher-student ratio helps us give your children an excellent education. Research confirms that one of the best determiners of a good education is a low teacher-student ratio. At Jubilee Academy, we are committed to a 1:10 student-teacher ratio.

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Students learn about fractions by playing a game with cardboard pizzas.

1. We see your child as an individual. Even though our students are in class with up to nine other children, each student is treated as an individual. We group students roughly by grade level, but we tailor learning to each child’s needs. We do this by making smaller groups within the class and by differentiating assignments and expectations. We want to see your child make progress during the year. We don’t expect every child in a grade to be on the same page. We simply expect each child to do his/her best and to make gains throughout the year.

If you share our philosophy of education, consider setting up an appointment to tour or to have your child shadow at Jubilee Academy. We would be happy to answer questions and to discuss your children’s specific needs. We still have room left for next school year, but some grades are almost full.

There is an informational meeting Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at Jubilee Academy, 7505 Kavanaugh Road, Crestwood, Ky. 40014. If you register at or before the meeting, you receive $50 off the registration fee for each child.

Don’t hesitate to call 502-439-4400, or email jubilee.academy@aol.com, if you have questions or want more information.


Jubilee Academy announces workshop for parents whose children struggle academically

Teaching a child with special needs doesn't have to drive you crazy.
Teaching a child with special needs doesn’t have to drive you crazy.

Do you feel called to homeschool your special needs child? Whether you’re currently teaching your child at home or are considering doing so, or if you want to more effectively support your traditional student, Jubilee Academy’s Teaching Students who Struggle Workshop is designed for you. The workshop is taught by Jubilee Academy Director Heather Peavler Goodale, who is certified in both regular and special education. Heather has taught students with special needs, such as ADHD, learning disabilities, and Autism spectrum disorders, for three years. She also has three children with learning or attention struggles, so she understands what it’s like to teach and parent children who struggle.

During the workshop, you will learn research-based strategies to help your children be successful, and you will receive tips on how to reduce the stress of educating special needs children. The workshop will take place three Tuesdays in February, Feb. 4, 11, and 25, 6:30-8 p.m., at Jubilee Academy, 7505 Kavanaugh Road, Crestwood, KY 40014. Parents should plan to attend all three sessions if possible. Cost is $45 for one or both parents to attend. Financial aid is available for those who need it.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Heather Peavler, 502-439-4400, or jubilee.academy@aol.com. Registration deadline is Jan. 28.

Jubilee Academy plans homeschool classes, camps in February

Jubilee Academy students investigate fractions with manipulatives.
Jubilee Academy students investigate fractions with manipulatives.

In February, Jubilee Academy will host some mini-classes and camps both as stand-alone events and as opportunities for families to get acquainted with our programing. Registration for 2014-15 programming has begun, so the timing is ideal for those wanting to secure spots for next school year.

The following opportunities are available in February:

Reading Comprehension Camp (February 17-20, 9 – 11 a.m.) will introduce students in grades 4-8, to research-based strategies for reading comprehension. This camp will be interactive and engaging, so students will have an enjoyable, educational experience. Cost for camp is $80/student.

Mini-Classes: (February 18-20) The following classes will be offered for Grades 2-5:

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Ecosystems and the Environment (Learn about animals, habitats, and adaptations from a creation science perspective using hands-on experiments and activities.)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Knights and Castles (Learn about medieval customs, games, diseases, living arrangements, and hierarchies, using hands-on activities.)
Each class is $50/student. Add on a class or a sibling for 1/2 price.
Informational Meeting: (February  18, 6:30-8 p.m.) There will be an informational meeting and registration event for those interested in finding out about 2014-15 classes at Jubilee Academy. Whether you are looking for two, three, four, or five days of classes, this meeting will provide useful information to help you decide whether Jubilee is a good fit for your family’s needs. Registration will be accepted that evening as well.
Ongoing Registration: Families may register for Jubilee Academy at any time. We are taking registration for next year, and we still have a few spots left for the current school year.
Coming Soon: Information on summer camps. Subscribe to this blog for updates.
Contact Information: For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Heather Peavler at 502-439-4400 or jubilee.academy@aol.com.