21 October 2014
A new, private Christian school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade has opened its doors in Fluvanna County.
The Light Academy, located in Centre Court next to the Dogwood Restaurant, currently has 17 students enrolled in its hands-on curriculum.
Joyce Parr, the school’s founder and principal, called the school’s instruction “project-based,” noting that “students feel better when they are up and moving around.”
There’s a place for paper and pencil, she said, “but we want to use strategies for all the learning modalities – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.” So students who learn best by seeing, hearing, or touching will all have lessons tailored to their needs.
In addition to regular academics, the school offers art, music, French, technology, and weekly swimming sessions at Health Nutz Fitness and Aquatic Center.
The Light Academy is also a homeschool cooperative for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. “We believe in sharing our resources with homeschool parents,” Parr said, “so we offer for them to participate in our enrichment classes. A lot of them drive to town, so we’re just trying to bring some activities out here.”