In February 2009, five couples from various walks of life came together to discuss a common vision—to see a Classical Christian school formed in McMinn County. They were inspired to bless the area by expanding the available educational option by providing a Christian alternative to public schooling. With this vision burning in their hearts, the group felt led of the Lord to set an aggressive goal of opening a school in the same calendar year. By God’s grace this goal was met and Christ Legacy Academy opened its doors in August.
CLA is the product of a dream, a dream to wed vibrant spirituality with academic excellence. The founders were challenged by what they believed was a false dichotomy expressed by many skeptics. On the one hand, many believed that kids needed a safer environment to learn, one where the morals of the family would be reinforced by the school. On the other hand, many believed that kids needed a place where they could be pushed academically and be better prepared for the future. The founder believed that parents should not have to make a choice between the two. So they set out to provide both through the ministry of CLA.
Through the summer of 2009, the board, which consisted of the original couples, secured a place for the school to meet. After meeting with several local churches, Clearwater Baptist church agreed to allow CLA to use their building. Renovation began immediately to bring the building up to fire code. Today Clearwater Baptist church continues to be the hope base for CLA. Currently CLA’s campus consists of 1 Main Building – welcome center, 9 classrooms, one resource room/administrative assistant office, one administrative office, sanctuary for chapel and restrooms. In 2015 portable buildings were added with each building providing two classrooms and restrooms.
Also in 2009, the board along with selected advisors hired the school’s first Headmaster and shortly thereafter the faculty. A series of informational meeting where held in the city of Athens to spread the vision and recruit families.
When the doors at CLA were opened, there were 17 students in grades K through 8th. Over the next few years growth continues at a modest pace. Today CLA has 134 students and a staff of 18 full and part time employees.
Students at CLA receive a well-rounded education. They are challenged to grow academically through a study program that includes Bible, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Students. They are challenged to grow spiritually through worship together in designated times of chapel. They are challenged to grow missionally with an increasing number of opportunities to express their faith in acts of service to the community. They are challenged to grow socially in their relationships with parents, teachers and peers. All of this happens under the supervision of a God-called faculty and staff who provide spiritual direction in a loving environment.