Northern Virginia is where my wife, Sheila, and I were born. We love the area. My oldest son, Adam, is moving this fall to Herndon to work at our school. Oak Hill Christian School is a help and ministry to many families in the Herndon area and we often receive letters of thanks for what we are doing. At the same time, it is on our hearts to run a school in a city where others are members of a CRE church or another vibrant faithful congregation. Without this, a school is limited in what it can do.
I see a need in places like Lynchburg for something new. Deuteronomy 6 clearly gives families the responsibility to train their children. But, in doing this a division of labor can be crucial especially in the high school years. Every homeschooler I know is looking for help of some kind.
Our vision for our Lynchburg branch:
- 3 days on campus, Labor Day to Memorial Day. A 180-days on campus school is anachronistic, and doesn’t fit our philosophy anyway.
- Classical. In high school this means training diligent, capable and independent thinkers. Our high schoolers aren’t just listening to lectures, they are giving the presentations.
- Christian. Mature reasoning includes logic and thinking for oneself, but it also necessarily includes using the correct starting assumptions, those found in the word of God. While many schools nominally accept the word of God, they deny it because they don’t believe that words even mean what they say. (And the evening and the morning were the first day, means something was created in one day. It doesn’t mean God acted in a period of time that fits man’s latest ideas.)
- Economical. We focus on teaching. We focus on helping covenant children who are already motivated and disciplined at home. We focus on academics, not operating clubs and sports. Groups of our students will participate together on sports teams already established in the community.
- Resilient, homeschool friendly. We won’t be swayed by whatever restrictions come after covid. God is in charge and he has appointed parents. We are determined to protect our children and especially to focus on training them so that one day they can win the battle of ideas.
This new model is an important endeavor and we pray that it will combine the best of both worlds - the intimacy of homeschooling with the structure of a formal classroom - all in a classical Christian setting. The Wall Street Journal reported a couple years ago that homeschooling was growing 7 times as fast as public and private school enrollment. The model of turning children over to a school where they log hours in a building is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. There is more understanding than ever that work can be done from more than one place and that results can be achieved in multiple ways.
“Homeschooling” is coming to include almost everything under the sun as parents are going this route for diverse reasons. It is my observation that homeschoolers are looking for co-ops, tutors, curriculum, basically help with teaching their children. I don’t think the future will be merely schools and homeschools. The future for many families will be a new model, something in between school and homeschool.
This idea can take off, and it needs to be promoted by our people. We may not win political battles today, but schools are a place where ideas are advanced. And, if we win the battle of ideas, if we spread the gospel, we will see the day when we win in every area.
If you are a Christian family in Lynchburg, contact us today!