Frequently Asked Questions

IS THE JOURNEY ACADEMY A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?

We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy but, we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, hands on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.

IS JOURNEY ACADEMY A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL?

We believe that each student was Created by God to have a relationship with Him and bring Him glory. We will bring Him the greatest glory by being who He has created us to be and utilizing our gifts, skills and passions to make the greatest impact in the world. We expose children to the importance of mindful spirituality and stress the historical importance of Christianity to the development of Western Civilization. Not of religious indoctrination, but a community that is safe place for our students to discover and dig deep into their faith journey.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A HERO'S JOURNEY?

We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and challenges that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.

WHAT IS AN "INDEPENDENT LEARNER"?

Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems—admit that they don't know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A "RUNNING PARTNER"?

Running Partners are classmates who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.

WILL CHILDREN BE GROUPED INTO GRADES?

We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than split up into groups based solely on age. In addition to individualized curriculum, all ages of students work together in groups.

DOES JOURNEY ACADEMY SERVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN?

We are not trained to serve children with serious learning disabilities but have been able to serve young heroes with dyslexia if they receive special training.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "EVERY CHILD CAN CHANGE THE WORLD?"

We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.

WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON TEACHING THE "AMERICAN EXPERIMENT"?

We believe in liberty and justice and the ideals of the American revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, as we examine other cultures and forms of government.

WHAT IS THE YEARLY TUITION?

Tuition is $8,250 per year. We are working towards building a scholarship fund that will provide financial assistance to families in the next couple of years.

WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER?

For the 2018-2019 school year we will have three studios. Early Learners Studio (ages 5/6) Elementary Studio (ages 7-10) Middle School Studio (ages 11-13) - Because of the advanced abilities of our graduating elementary school students, an audition will be required for middle school. Eventually, Journey Academy will also serve high school, being a full K-12 school with four multi-age studios.

HOW LONG IS JOURNEY ACADEMY IN SESSION EACH YEAR?

Journey Academy has seven 5-6 week sessions each year that we call "sprints", each sprint is separated by a break of at least one week. Our flexible program allows families to travel together during the year, without sacrificing any learning.