The Baptist Church, located at 203 W. Main Street in Hotchkiss, will host an open house upstairs at the church on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. The gathering is an introduction to the North Fork Christian Academy (NFCA) that the church will be administering beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
Snacks and beverages will be on offer, but more importantly, information about their new school's curriculum, structure, and goals.
Pastor Jake Defield, who has been ministering to his Hotchkiss congregation for nine years, explained that he and his school administrator, James Parks, felt the need to offer an academic setting which supports students' Christian faiths. The school will begin with grades one through six. There is space for 15 students in the one-room classroom and NFCA has hired Sarah Pehrson as the academy's first teacher.
The school will use the Abeaka curriculum, which is formulated for use in Christian schools. The curriculum employs an online format, supplemented by one-on-one instruction in the classroom. The academy will conform to the public schools' schedules and encourages its students to participate in extracurricular activities offered by the public schools. The same assessment tools employed by the public schools will be used by the academy.
Parks explained that the first 10 enrolled students will benefit from a scholarship incentive, the details of which are yet to be determined. More information can be found on the academy's website: www.northforkchristianacademy.com, or by calling James Parks at (970) 399-5299.
Pastor Defield urges North Fork parents who are looking for an academic setting within the context of their Christian lifestyle to listen to their vision and plans, which they will be sharing at the open house.