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Reflections on Jubilee Academy’s first year

IMG_0849By Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.” –Ephesians 3:20-21

When I got the idea to start a cottage school back in May 2013, I had no idea what God really had in store for me. During the past year, I have learned so much about God’s grace and provision. Here are some of the most important takeaways I have from this amazing process:

1. God is truly in control and I am not. I used to be a control freak. Not anymore. I have learned, through a variety of circumstances, that I am not nearly as in control of things as I had previously tried to be. Jubilee Academy is the first thing I’ve given thoroughly to God, and He has made it blossom into something I never could have envisioned or made happen.

IMG_09082. God provides when we trust Him. God has provided everything we have needed, including teachers, students, supplies, space, time and energy. Even when it looks impossible, He brings the right thing or person at the right time. We have not lacked one single thing this school year.

3. The Bible needs to be at the center of what we do. At Jubilee Academy, we dive into God’s word on a daily basis and we apply it to our lives and situations that arise throughout the day. I believe this is why our students have formed an accepting community of learners that continues to welcome each new child who joins our school.

4. Students thrive when they feel safe. Many of our students have come from schools where they have been made to feel inferior, and some were victims of bullying. At Jubilee Academy, we have created an environment where this is not tolerated, and the students have noticed. Many of them, as they reflected on the year, mentioned that they are so happy that they aren’t bullied at our school.

5. Learning should be measured by student growth, not by “grade-level” standards. Just because a student is 9 years old, that doesn’t mean he has the ability to learn long division. Just because he is 7, that doesn’t mean he can’t. We need to place students according to their unique abilities, and we need to tailor their learning experiences toward making progress. We assess students three times a year. Our data shows growth. We don’t encourage cookie-cutter kids. We want them to blossom to their full potential.

IMG_08586. Never limit God! I envisioned a two-day cottage school with maybe 10 students. I ended up with three classes full of students, full-time and part-time programs, forty students, and three other teachers. What an incredible difference between my plans and God’s.

So, as we prepare for next school year, we will have five classes, a Friday elective program, and lots of excitement about the future. Over the summer, we will have several camps, classes, and tutoring opportunities. There will also be parent seminars on homeschooling and educating special needs children.

Already there are 52 students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year, 21 of whom are full-time. Our classes are approaching capacity, and we will put students on a waiting list after that. If you are interested in enrolling your child, or finding out more information, email jubilee.academy@aol.com, or call 502-439-4400. Also, policy information and registration paperwork is available at https://apluseducationalsolutions.com/jubilee-cottage-school-policies-and-information/

Jubilee Academy offers occupational therapy services

Tracy MurrayJubilee Academy wishes to welcome Tracy Murray OT/L to the Jubilee Team.   Reentering the field after 25 years of homeschooling, Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge especially in a unique area she created called Therapeutic Tutoring. She finds that when combining the senses, individual learning styles, sensory integration and OT principles into her academic tutoring she is more likely to see students progress and grasp concepts that have previously been difficult to comprehend. Her students have fun and gain confidence in ways that make learning meaningful.   In addition, Tracy’s bring many skills to Jubilee including Sensory Integration training expertise, years of traditional clinical and school based pediatric occupational therapy and in-depth parenting skills being the mom of 8 children herself. In addition, Tracy has a keen awareness of cultural diversity after living in many regions across the US as well as serving as a missionary in Zambia. In addition to sewing and hiking, Tracy loves kayaking and running RecycloCraftz, an ongoing ministry in Zambia.

 

Tracy seeks to make OT services convenient to all those involved. Services can be incorporated into a student’s day while at Jubilee or services can be done privately at your home. An initial evaluation will be scheduled to assess each student’s needs and the parent’s concerns at a cost of $150. The evaluation and regular OT services are reimbursed through many insurance companies, however, with the costs of sessions are to be paid at the time of service delivery. Regular sessions are billed to insurance at $125/hour with a 20% discount offered when services are paid on the treatment day. We can attempt to gain possible recoupment, but it is not guaranteed. Private pay clients are billed at a flat rate of $70/hour. It is possible to schedule 30 minute sessions if sessions are held at Jubilee. If one or more students are working on similar goals group sessions may be possible thereby incurring a shared cost.

Additionally, Tracy will teach some of Jubilee Academy’s Friday program classes, including Brain Gym, Social Skills, and Visual Perceptual Skills.

 

Questions and scheduling can be completed via email at MurraysInZambia@gmail.com or by phone at 717-344-2530.

 

Tracy is looking forward to serving the Jubilee Community and making a difference in your child’s life.

 

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.

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.

https://apluseducationalsolutions.com/jubilee-cottage-school-policies-and-information/

Jubilee Academy adds full-time program with additional part-time options

Heather Goodale, teacher at Jubilee Academy, talks with students about the coming year.
Heather Goodale, teacher at Jubilee Academy, talks with students about the coming year.

Several families have expressed an interest in having their children attend Jubilee Academy full-time. Others would like to remain part-time but would appreciate a three-day option. We have worked out a plan to make this happen.

Families will have the option to attend the Monday and Wednesday program, to attend a Friday program, or to attend all five days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are limited to full-time students.

Mondays and Wednesdays will include reading, writing, and math for grades K-6. Fridays will include reading, writing, and alternating science/social studies for grades K-12. Tuesdays and Thursdays will include all subjects for grades K-6. Students attending full-time will have a complete curriculum and will receive grades and report cards.

Jubilee Academy, which is a Christian program, admits students with mild disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities, and high functioning Autism, as well as typical students.

Pricing is as follows:

Monday and Wednesday program: $160/mo. (1st child), $125/mo. (2nd child), $110 (additional siblings)

Friday reading/writing workshop: $60/mo (1st child), $50/mo (2nd child), $40/mo (additional children)
Friday Science/Social Studies: $10/mo (1st child), $8/mo (additional children)
Full-time program: $4500/year (includes grades/report cards)
To hold a spot, registration paperwork must be completed and a deposit of $150 for the first student and $75 for additional students is due by August 4. School begins September 4. Back-to-school night is August 29.
For more information about Jubilee Academy, visit https://apluseducationalsolutions.com/jubilee-cottage-school-policies-and-information/
To schedule a visit to Jubilee Academy or for more information, call 502-439-4400, or email hmgoodale01@gmail.com.