LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
The name of our Academy has its origins in Latin, meaning “grace alone”; a phrase coined during the Reformation, as one of the “Five Solas”. I find it also fitting for me as a Christian adoptive mother of four children, and a passionate educator of both hearts and heads for Christ. “Sola Gratia” exemplifies my roles as a child of God, saved by Grace alone; as a mother through Grace alone via adoption; and as the Director of SGCA, given this opportunity to help raise up leaders that will impact the Kingdom.
I run and see this community as a ministry. Our prices and drop-off program are a ministry to homeschool moms, allowing a much needed break from homeschooling, while sharing the burden of instructing our students. We provide grace to those who can’t afford private school. Filling the gap where a family makes too much money to get a scholarship to a classical school, but not enough to afford a classical school without large, financial sacrifices. We now provide that classical-school experience and pursuit of excellence, but at a price that middle-class families can afford. We provide homeschool students a rich, embodied learning environment that in many ways mirrors a school experience. We are preparing them for their future in college and beyond, while simultaneously partnering with our homeschooling parents to teach the main lessons on campus, and then assigning core work for the other days students are at home with their homeschooling parent. We work alongside parents, helping them guide their students in the pursuit of excellence in the classical tradition. Given that we are still homeschooling families, we have the opportunity to pool our resources, educations, and experiences to offer passionate and well-educated teachers, collectively working for our students. There is grace in that too.
We have four children; Mason (19), Sarah (14), Kendra (5), and Dominic (4). We have adopted three of our children out of our experiences as foster care parents, and one from an international adoption in Russia. My oldest son is severely impaired with a developmental disability and autoimmune disease. I began homeschooling when he was four years old, 15 years ago now. We have travailed many dark days where Grace alone got us through. We have also had many Grace filled days of laughter and joy. It’s a messy, Grace-required journey without a final destination, until we see our Savior face to face. My son taught me to work hard, pray hard, and trust God for the results, and I still live by that motto today.
When my oldest daughter was younger, I felt the calling to offer classes out of my home basement where we met weekly for messy, crazy science experiments, dressed up to represent various historical events we were studying, and just create a love of learning through embodied experiences. I began blogging about those experiences on www.solagratiamom.com. Then I felt the Lord calling me to expand what I was doing and find other passionate teachers who loved the material they were teaching, and start a homeschool group, that has now blossomed into a hybrid that straddles the lines of homeschooling and school.
We both maintain high standards of behavior by expecting students to pursue their personal best, making excellence our banner, while also extending grace in the journey. We welcome you to join us and become a part of the Sola Gratia family!