As I was subbing in the CLA office one day, a little boy looked up at the tee shirts hanging in the window and said, “So that’s what CLA stands for: Christian Life Academy! What does that mean?” As I attempted to explain, I realized that that is exactly what CLA is to us-—to our youngest son--and to our 3 grandchildren who attend.
CLA (Christian Life Academy) is a Kingdom school, tucked away in a little known country town—-like a treasure hidden in a field-- where young followers of Jesus study and learn. Not only does CLA offer excellent academics, extra-curricular activities, and Bible teaching, in essence, it is a school that teaches the Christian life. All aspects of the school day are permeated with Christian perspective, values, disciplines, attitudes, and actions-—it is a place where Truth is taught, modeled, encouraged-—and lived out.
As parents of 18 children, having both homeschooled and public schooled, we have observed that the middle school years can be among the most challenging for young adolescents; not only to be able to stand firm in their faith, but also to learn and grow in an environment free from unnecessary worldly distractions and pressures that can be especially harmful during that critical and vulnerable season. So as our youngest son approached his middle school years, we desired to place him in a position where he could be strengthened and not weakened--a place where he could continue to build on the foundation that had been begun in his life, and not have it be weakened or torn down before he was able to stand. We wanted him to be in a place where he could learn and grow—-and thrive-—in godly character as well as academics; a place that would help prepare him to go out, to stand strong, and to be a light in this world.
The test results? Both students and school are passing! The evidence? Our son and grandchildren are increasing in wisdom, and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
And the best part? They actually love school!
We are so thankful for this little tucked away jewel called CLA, for it provides a wonderful opportunity for our son and grandchildren to learn and grow and thrive—-academically and spiritually--for it is truly a Christian Life Academy.
Steve and Mo Thompson
(Parents and Grandparents)