Graduating From Kimber Academy

Two weeks ago we watched several of our senior students graduate from Kimber Academy. It was so exciting! I think many people do now know what it takes to graduate from this special private school. So here is a quick overview.

In order to graduate from Kimber Academy, there are a couple of requirements.

Our standards are high because we want our students, your children, to be prepared for whatever choices they make in their future regarding their education, whether it be formal education or alternative.

There are two things that are required from the student:

1) they have to pass our diagnostic test in 22 subject areas

and

2) they have to do a 4,000 fact history thesis.

 

Diagnostic Test

Three times a year, our students take a test. It is a different test each time. These tests show us not only how they are improving but also areas where they need extra help. We do not teach to the test, it is purely a diagnostic test. This better shows us, and you as their parent, where your child’s strengths and weaknesses lay and how we can help them strengthen their weaknesses.

When a student reaches the approved score on the test,  that requirement is fulfilled.

There are five major subjects: Writing, Social Studies, Science, Literature & Arts, and Math. Within these major subjects, we break down the scores, to give
you a score in the sub-categories, as well. For example, in the Math category, there are five sub-categories. They are: Measure, Algebra, Geometry, Numeration, and Data Analysis. The
student will get a score in each of these sub-categories to help us assess their understanding.

History Thesis

The second requirement that they need to do is a 4,000 fact history thesis. At Kimber Academy, we learn history with hook dates. Each important event or person is tied to a date (or
hook date). Forty hook dates are required to have 100 facts that happened within that time frame, totaling 4,000 facts. After the facts are memorized for each hook date they get to write
those facts in story form. When all 40 hook dates are memorized and written in story form they are ready to turn in their thesis.

When they have passed their test and turned in their thesis, the student is eligible for graduation.

This is a major accomplishment for them and they are very proud of their work.

How Religious Education Can Benefit Young Children

Location. Size. Price. These are all factors parents consider when placing their children in a private school. But what about religion? If you haven’t considered religious education for you child, you may be overlooking one of the biggest factors yet. Studies have confirmed that religion plays an important role in child development, one that can provide them with numerous advantages throughout their life. At Kimber Academy, we incorporate faith into our daily learning and have seen firsthand the positive effect it has on students.

While we have known the benefits of a religious education for years, it’s been exciting to see scientific studies agree with us. While numerous reports conclude that religion benefits children, one in particular shared definitive results. John Bartkowski, a Sociologist at Mississippi State University conducted a study on 16,000 children and discovered that religion helps children be better behaved and better adjusted. Students taught religious principles were rated by teachers as having superior self-control and social skills. It truly provides a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.

Here are three ways a religious education, like the one offered by Kimber Academy in St. George, can benefit your child:

 

  • Community

 

Private religious schools can offer a sense of community not found in traditional schooling. Families share common beliefs, values, goals and interests, naturally bonding them to each other.

 

  • Academic Excellence

 

Studies have confirmed that students in private religious schools often fare better than public school peers on SAT testing and other college-readiness examinations. Kimber Academy provides challenging courses that allow students to grow and excel in their courses.

 

  • Values-Based Learning Environment

 

One of the biggest benefits of a private religious education is that students can learn the connection between sections of life and life as the Lord intended it to be.

Enroll Today

If you would like to learn more about how a religious education can benefit your child, contact Kimber Academy in St. George today. We provide a quality education based on three core principles: family, faith and country. We strive to ensure every child feels valued while gaining a strong educational foundation. Call us today at 435-674-5555.

3 Ways to Involve Parents in Student Learning

What parent doesn’t want to see their child thriving within their educational environment? While most parents tend to have similar academic goals for their children {gain a quality education, learn valuable life skills} they don’t always know how to help their student achieve these goals. Research has shown that one technique more than any other has proven to increase student attendance, improve behavior and boost achievement. This technique isn’t groundbreaking. It isn’t even difficult.

It’s parent involvement.

This simple approach to learning can be downright crucial for students to thrive. At Kimber Academy, we value the involvement of parents in student learning. We know that every parent has something to offer and we encourage full participation as partners in education. Children learn through observation, play, asking questions and hands-on learning, not only at school, but at home with their families. We encourage family time to increase student learning, development and growth.

There are endless ways parents can be involved in student learning, but we offer three to start:

 

  • Open Up Communication

 

              For communication to be truly effective, it needs to have a 2-way flow. Educators can relay information to parents, but it’s equally imperative for parents to ask questions, provide feedback and be a full partner with the teacher.

 

  • Create a Family-Friendly Educational Environment

 

             Family time is essential to the growth and nurturing of a child. At Kimber Academy, we value family togetherness and encourage parents to visit our classrooms often. Whether that is through volunteer work, sharing expertise, cultural activities or more. There are a myriad of ways family time can overlap into education.

 

  • Stay Connected

 

              Schools that make the effort to successfully build relationships with each student and family will forge a connection that lasts a lifetime. Students don’t want to be seen as a number in a classroom, they want to relate to their peers, their educators and their family members. Making personal connections ensures every student feels valued.

Become Involved Today

If you want to be an active part of your child’s education, we welcome you at Kimber Academy. Come discover the difference a small school environment with a focus on family, religion and country can make for your child. Kimber Academy offers an experience unlike any other private school, find out more by contacting us at 435-674-5555.

4 Life Lessons from the Founding Fathers

On a humid July day 241 years ago, this country declared independence with great aspirations for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The words of the founding fathers have become timeless; they have forged a nation that has won two world wars, seen the peaceful transfer of presidential power 45 times, established a Constitution and a Bill of Rights and created the internet. No small feat for these brilliant men.

Kimber Academy Restores a Focus on Country

At Kimber Academy, we teach the words, concepts and ideologies of our nation’s founding fathers. Students gain a sense of community and pride for their country as they study these principles. Our teachers utilize the founding documents to teach values and freedom from the men who helped establish this country. It’s one of our core learning fundamentals and we can see the excitement in our student’s as they study this rich history.

What Can the Founding Fathers Teach Us?

There is much to learn from the founding fathers. They were exemplary leaders in forging a nation. Here are some of our favorite life lessons from the founders:

  • Conviction

Having conviction is one sign of a great leader, especially amidst incredible challenges like the ones the founding fathers faced. They clung deeply to their quest for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Personal conviction is necessary to focus your life in the direction the Lord desires.

  • Purpose

The founders were clear in their mission and purpose, and although they didn’t always agree, they were working towards the same goal. The world today needs strong leaders who are backed with faith, purpose and sacrifice to truly change the world and make a difference.

  • Faith

Practicing faith was a strong philosophy of the founding fathers, and one we need more of today. They understood that men are “created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” to live life and fully practice faith.

  • Teamwork

As a team, the founding fathers were unstoppable. Washington had leadership, Jefferson had intellect and writing, John Adams had political proficiency. None of the men could have done it alone but working together as a team they were able to conquer the unimaginable.

Focus on Country

Want to learn more about the principles taught by the founding fathers? Kimber Academy teaches the 28 Principles of Freedom from our nation’s founding documents. Come learn about our country’s rich history in small class sizes with a focus on faith and family. Contact us today to learn more at 435-674-5555.

Language Arts – A Labor of Love?

Not many think about the subject of language arts being a labor of love, but why not? When you think of the ‘good books’ that you have read that have increased knowledge or joy in your life, do you think of the author as a creator that has shared their knowledge with you out of love? Love for whom or what, you might ask.  It might be a love of the subject,  a love for their own gift of knowledge, or love for the one reading; that they might be enhanced in some way by having this information. It could be a love of God and the bounty that He has shared with the author, and therefore, wants this author to share it with others. It could even be a love for himself but then this would probably not be in the ‘good book’ category anyway. This could also be seen as a talent of the author that he wants to share.
Have you heard the term “intrinsic value?” It means the talent of service. The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines it this way:
Intrinsic
Inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential; inherent; not apparent or accidental; as the intrinsic value of gold or silver; the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or goodness of a person.)
Intrinsic value is something that is innate. something that we know, that we have felt , and that we are constantly longing to bring to the surface so we can use it. You must have thought a time or two, “what talents do I have?” “What do I have that offers value to others?” In the Bible, there are promises for those that develop their talents. Specifically, there was a promise for those that developed a love of serving others. That promise was a blessing to both those that serve, as well as those who are served. I recall many times that I have served another, and I too was blessed.
Just as the author of the ‘good book’ above, used his talents and practiced great communication skills to portray his message, we too can can lift others through our own reading, writing, and other communication skills.  We can use all forms of communication including reading, writing, poetry, and even other languages. Using words to fully express important and personal thoughts is important to truly communicating as humans. We lose a lot of words and sentences in this texting day and age. By knowing how to put a sentence together and effectively use parts of speech, we can put words into action instead of having a fragmented sentence that we see and discard almost immediately. Also, when we can piece a whole paper together, we can clearly  share meaningful thoughts that can help other people. Other forms of communication include melodies in music, powerful speeches, and important documents. The Declaration of Independence and The Gettysburg Address were extremely powerful examples of the importance of using talents and being able to communicate appropriately for the good of other people. 
Many of you are wondering if your kids are learning these principles any more in school. Well, we can tell you that they may be learning how to write papers in public school, but they are not learning how to use those skills to build and lift others. Making a labor of love out of the skills we learn is the best way to create the life long lessons that are so important. Dr. Glenn J. Kimber has discovered this philosophy in his 40+ years of educational experience. This now being taught in all of his private schools across the country in their Language Arts curriculum.  If you have an interest in having your student learn intrinsically, please contact  us at Dr. Glenn J. Kimber Academy of St. George. We would love to use our talents to help serve you and your family.