A new Classical Christian Academy, called Runnels Academy, will be opening soon, but this isn’t the first Classical school that Big Spring has seen, Big Spring Classical Academy, which was housed inside of the Spring Creek Mall, had dissolved after the 2017 school year ended due to unforeseen circumstances. The parents of the former students got together, formed a school board, and decided to open their own school.
“First of all, we are decidedly Christian. We teach everything from a biblical world view. So, we try to really emphasize the beauty that God put in to everything, from the flowers outside to the math that we are working on with our kids,” stated Bryans.
Bryans went on to say that the “Classical” aspect of it deals with how the instruction is presented to the kids. Runnels academy will use a trivium that will split the “classical” form into three sections: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
The Grammar stage (junior kindergarten through 5/6th grade) will emphasize different instructional modes to learn the grammar of different subjects. The Logic stage (junior high) will teach students how to think and how to use what they know to argue effectively. The Rhetoric stage (high school) will teach students how to take what they’ve learned in the previous stages and put it all together to communicate effectively.
Runnels Academy will be located in the 2nd floor of the old Runnel’s Jr. High that has been acquired by Life Church. Even though Life Church’s Pastor Kevin Knudson is a member of the school board, Bryans stated that the church is not affiliated with Life Church and noted that the school will merely be a tenant in the building.
“[Knudson] doesn’t have children there, but he has a vested interest because it is his heart’s desire to establish a school, and he wanted his church to be used for that,” said Bryans. “So, whether we went in, or if he started his own, there was going to be a school. It just seemed like a no-brainer to take advantage of the fact that he wants a school there.”
She did note that Life Church was able to raise over $100,000 to help fund the building renovation that is taking place now. Other members of the school board include: Robert Kennedy, Ben Blaine, John Bryans, Kathryn Lane, and Chance Nichols.