When my son was five, I randomly stumbled upon Arrow Prep Academy. At the time of my discovery, I had been homeschooling him for three months, but was struggling with doing it all on my own. Overwhelmed with juggling a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old, on top of the homeschooling, meant that though I’d wanted to provide a peaceful, joyful, and character-driven homeschool environment, the reality was anything but that.
While I was so relieved to have discovered Arrow, my son couldn’t find his footing for some time. Weighed down by a natural bent towards self-consciousness and worry, he was reluctant to participate for years.
The staff, however, and the environment they created meant that he witnessed the consistency of kindness, patience, and loving, but firm encouragement to grow academically, as well as the security of a classroom that valued respect and mutual kindness to one another, not simply placing academics above Christlike character, but teaching both. He learned to trust that Arrow was a safe place where it wasn’t necessary for him to be so guarded or afraid of what others might think. As he grew in this knowledge, he found joy in helping out younger classmates and courage to learn from older ones.
Looking at him now, it’s hard to believe he is the same kid as those early years at Arrow. The school has been so instrumental to my son’s growth in confidence, emotionally, spiritually, and academically, and it has been a joy to observe. As Martin Luther King Jr. once remarked, “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education,” and I could not be more thankful for the ways Arrow has embodied this goal for our children.
by Clarissa M. - Arrow Prep mother