Runnels Academy, a new Classical Christian Academy, is in the works to open soon. It’ll be located on the 2nd floor of the old Runnels Jr. High building, located at 102 E. 10th St., that has been acquired by Life Church. The school will only be a tenant in the Life Church building, and will not be affiliated with that specific church.
Tuition will cost will be $6,000 per school year for each student with discounts available for families with more than one child enrolled. Jenny Bryans, future Head of Runnels Academy and former Big Spring Classical Academy teacher, also mentioned that there were possible scholarships that might be available in the future. Bryans noted that the academy intends to have small class sizes and the grade levels will begin with junior kindergarten, for children who turn 4 years old prior to the fall semester, and run through 8th grade. Their hope is to be able to add upper levels in the future. Since the second floor of the building has just began renovation, enrollment information is not available at this time but more information will be made available at a later date.
It should be noted that there will not be a special education program available at Runnels Academy, because every student enrolled will attend regular education classes.
“When I was part of Big Spring Classical Academy that was the policy there as well,” said Bryans. “I had seen several students who were pulled from public school and sent to us and they excelled.”
“I think a lot of times we put a ceiling on where we think a kid can go academically because of a paper or a test that says, ‘Oh he can’t do that.” I just feel that if we higher our expectations and we offer the tools that these kids need that God’s developed us to be able to learn.”
The school mascot for Runnels Academy will be a lion with a crown and they will be called “The Royals.” Bryans stated that the school plans to be able to offer the opportunity for students to compete in UIL activities and such as sports like 6-man football, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, basketball, and sporting clay.
To learn more about Runnels Academy you can check out our Facebook post or visit www.runnelsacademy.org.