Dear Aristoi Family,
We have enjoyed a wonderful start to the new school year. We’re grateful that you’ve given us the opportunity to partner with you to cultivate wisdom and virtue in your children. I want to welcome our new students, parents, and staff to the Aristoi community of learners. As of today, we have 654 students enrolled. We will be adding an additional 12 students from the waiting list within the next couple of weeks. Be on the lookout for another letter from me soon in which I’ll share some of the extraordinary backgrounds of our faculty members. They are an impressive group of people, not only because they are learned and wise, but also because they’ve chosen to devote themselves to providing a rigorous classical, liberal arts education in a charter school setting. There are many easier ways to earn a living!
The ACA sports program is off and running with cross-country, flag football, and volleyball. The Aristoi band program in grades 5-8 has now reached 47 students! That is an increase of 124% over last year! Congratulations to the girls’ volleyball team on bringing home a win at the season opener!
I have shared with you the need to find a larger home away from our main campus which we have called home since 2002. Our elementary is full and almost overflowing. Our Upper School is in leased space which we will outgrow soon. Having all grade levels together on a single campus will not only be more convenient, but it will allow for the younger students to look to the upper school students as role models and leaders. Plus, the faculty and staff are a team and they very much want to be reunited.
Last summer our faculty and staff read The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. In this classic tale, “Mole” was the character who was especially drawn to nature. He left his home in the big city and found beauty in his new home in the country. Like Mole, the Aristoi faculty and staff have passionately desired a new home for our school. We’ve wanted not only a permanent home for our K-12th grades, but we’ve also hoped that the new ACA home would be on property that would have enough space to afford our students the chance to learn outdoors and to satisfy their inborn curiosity about science and nature. The Aristoi Board and Administration have made an agreement to buy 24.5 acres on Morton Ranch Road, only two miles from our main campus. My heart flutters at the possibilities.
The faculty and staff have submitted a dream list to the School Board of the facility needs that will support our students in “developing a passion for learning” at our new home. I hope that each elementary grade level will have a garden to plant and harvest each year. In addition, the land will provide opportunities for them to see how math, science, technology, and leadership apply to gardening and to life. A pond could provide an outdoor classroom for our science department.
The due diligence on the land has begun to insure that the property will be useable and suitable to the needs of Aristoi; I will keep you updated on our progress. When the deal closes, I think we should have a huge all- school picnic on the land to celebrate our future home!
My heart is full of anticipation and hope for the future of Aristoi Classical Academy and our dear students.