Arborbrook Christian Academy
2005-2006: was the inaugural year for Arborbrook Christian Academy. In August of 2004, the Lord brought together four couples that shared a common vision, similar goals and like-minded values for the education of their children. These four couples: Steve and Naomi Heidorn, Marty and Lori Grem, Jeff and Sue Gayle, and Price and Mary Osteen, although strangers to each other at first, were soon convinced that it was the Lord’s will to open a new Christian school in the western part of Union County. These couples became the founding board of directors for the school and met together frequently for one full year. Prayer, planning, hard work and God’s favor brought the school into existence. More than twenty pioneer families agreed with the vision of the school and prayerfully decided to enroll their children in the school. By June of 2005, the school met its maximum enrollment of 40 students for the inaugural year. An additional thirty families joined the school for one or more of its home school elective programs.
2006-2007: marked the second year for Arborbrook. Our student body and staff doubled in size. This school year was marked with great advances in the development of our curriculum and philosophy.
2007-2008: During this remarkable year, we added our first high school class and our first athletic teams (flag football, boys and girls basketball and co-ed soccer)! We enrolled 105 students in grades K-9. We renovated the entire lower level of the education wing and added four new classrooms. We added three new couples to our board of directors to help the school fulfill it’s mission. One high light of this year was our first international mission trip.
2008-2009: We underwent another expansion project during the 08/09 school year and renovated an adjacent house to be used for the high school. Our school grew to 140 students in grades K-11. This was the year that our board officially adopted the Carver model of Policy Governance to strengthen the leadership of the school.
2009-2010: We purchased a 2000 square foot modular building affectionately known as “The Quad.” The quad housed our growing high school and the Jr. High students moved into the building that we used for the high school the year before. The school grew to 170 students in grades Jr. K-11 and 36 faculty and staff members!
2010-2011: The 6th year for Arborbrook Christian Academy and our first year with a graduating class. Our senior class included nine students who brought us much joy as they worked with our younger students, continued to grow in their faith, and made preparations for life beyond high school. It was a very exciting time for them and Arborbrook was proud to serve them and watch them go out into the world.
2011-2012: Our high school students moved into a new building located on site at Southern Evangelical Seminary to accomodate their growing size. Lots of love and hard work went into getting the building ready and the students are enjoying their new space. Students also continue to enjoy participating in their favorite sports and elective courses. We even added some new electives this year including Creative Writing and Lord of the Rings Fantasy Literature for our high school and Science Club, Spanish Club, and American Girl’s Club for our K-8 students. At graduation this year, we held a separate baccalaureate dinner for the first time where we honored our seniors and gave awards prior to graduation. High school students took more leadership roles in Student Council and in leading Alpha time, as well as serving on school teams.
2012-2013: We held our first-ever Geography Bee at the K-8 Campus, and the high school went to Windy Gap for the first time. One of our most exciting projects was the addition of an Edible Schoolyard Garden, where students in grades K-8 were able to garden and eat what was grown in the garden.
2013-2014: We added a band class at our lower school campus and expanded our garden program to the high school campus. We expanded our Nature Study and Inspirational Studies curriculum at the lower school and began a Junior High Student Council.
2014-2015: We added a clubs period on Tuesday mornings for 7th-12th grades, began pursuing accreditation with CSI and Advanced Ed., added music class for 5th graders, renovated our gym, and celebrated our ten-year anniversary.
2015-2016: We began an iPad program in our junior high, adopted a new and exciting writing curriculum, added a Spanish option in junior high, staged a fall show for grades 4-7 and a spring high school musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” that was entered in the Blumeys (we received five nominations and won for best supporting actress), and added four new classrooms in our gym building, as well as completing the final steps towards accreditation. We are now accredited with CSI (Christian Schools International) and AdvancEd (formerly SACS). Our high school girls varsity basketball team also took top honors, winning first place in the conference and tournament.
2016-2017: We have made physical improvements to our campus, including a new play structure for our younger students; added art and music classes once a week during the school day for the primary grades; adopted new Bible curriculum in grades 4-12; and experienced a growth rate of 15% this year, including two freshmen classes in our high school.
We are looking forward to the future and seeing what God has in store for Arborbrook.