King's Academy celebrating anniversary

Published on Friday, 25 October 2013 22:22 - Written by By Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

A small school in Tyler with a unique model is celebrating 10 years in Tyler.

King’s Academy Christian School is the only Christian school modeled after the university structure in East Texas, according to the school’s written release.

“Words cannot express how amazed I am at the great things God has done at King’s Academy over the last ten years,” said founder Sam Fisher. “I can candidly say that my expectations have been exceeded in so many ways.”

In the summer of 2003, Tyler residents Fisher and Mitchell Rhodes heard about a unique school in Arlington that offered a new alternative to education.

Rhodes attended a seminar hosted by Grace Preparatory Academy to learn about the new concept and explore the possibility of starting the same type of school in Tyler.

“This trip convinced Fisher and Rhodes that God would establish this type of school in Tyler,” according to the written release. “They began praying with others for people to join them in this vision.”

The school serves Kindergarten through 12th grade. School administration make a point to combine two key factors: the professional instruction of a classroom teacher and the close involvement of parents through online assignments and syllabi.

Elementary students attend school on Monday and Wednesday, while junior and senior high students attend Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students spend alternate days at home, where parents guide them.

“This allows the family to remain in charge of the child’s worldview while giving them the personal skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond,” reads the release. “Teachers provide parents with detailed instructions for days spent at home.”

During its 10 years, King’s Academy has expanded its curriculum to include award-winning sports teams, fine arts programs and other extracurricular subjects.

The graduates have attended universities and colleges around the nation, winning thousands in scholarships.

Each year the student body enrollment has increased as well as its faculty and staff. This current school year started with more than 100 students and 30 faculty members, many with master’s degrees and 30 years of experience.

King’s Academy has also expanded its mission focus. In years past, the school has taken a mission trip to China and participates in the community through local mission days during the school year.

“As all entities evolve from their conception, KACS has become a college prep school that allows the student to become who Christ created them to be,” reads the release.

Fisher expects the school to keep improving, he said.

“If (God) can bring us to where we are starting with no money, just a few people, and a dream, then the sky is the limit from here forward,” he said.