April Newsletter


Knowing and Being Known

Hello Families,

Benjamin Brandon, BCA Director

Benjamin Brandon, BCA Director

We talk a lot about the value of knowing and being known at BCA—knowing God, history, each other. Authentic relationships are something human beings have always craved, and never more so, it seems, than in our current culture. In fact, of all the things we’ve posted on FB over the last year, this was by far our most popular post Being Known.... We think that’s telling.

We had a great family meeting on the 28th, and were thankful for all who came and gave us a chance to get to know you better. Benjamin Brandon, BCA Director, along with a number of those serving in leadership as board members and administrators, reaffirmed our mission and purpose:

Bringing together families from a variety of faith communities to more fully connect and know each other, with the goal of affirming a common vision for education.  This vision is to inspire students to love learning by exploring Beauty, Goodness, and Truth in the Classical Christian tradition.

Here are some important points we shared with our families:

  • We are currently preparing classes, curriculum and faculty for the 2019-20 school year. Enrollment for the next school year is open as of 4/1/19 and the application can be found here. Our current families are the priority for enrollment, so please take a moment to apply and choose your classes for next year. The application fee is only $15 until the 15th, but will double after that date, so don’t wait!

  • To enable us to continue to improve curriculum, student resources, and teacher development, there will be a modest tuition increase for the coming school year. Those amounts can also be found on the application.

  • We hope to focus on consolidating our program next year.  Consolidation means strengthening the way we do things and improving quality.  This will include increasing teacher resources and training, developing curriculum and activities, supporting students through homeroom, and developing our non-profit business model.

  • We are developing BCA as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to generate even more community support for our school. During the family meeting, Lisa Hess, BCA Development Coordinator, asked parents what they hope BCA students will be known for in the community. Their answers included: integrity, courage, confidence, service, compassion, articulate communicators, character, respectful, innovative, life and light, thoughtful, passionate.

Lisa Hess, Development Coordinator

Lisa Hess, Development Coordinator

Our parents created a worthy list of character traits, and it is our joy to be able to partner with students and parents to develop these qualities in our students. We are excited about transforming into a nonprofit, which will enable us to draw in other partners from throughout our community who also have a heart for a BCA-style education and desire to support young people as they develop and hone all those qualities parents named during our meeting.

Speaking of consolidation, April can be seen as a consolidating month, of sorts, as our students hone their thesis and senior project ideas, to present in May, and work hard to finish the semester strong. The teachers and administrators are here to help students reach their goals of focusing their talents and abilities in these last two months of school, as they bring to fruition all they have learned in their final projects. We look forward to partnering with you!

Best,

Benjamin Brandon, Director and Lisa Hess, Development Coordinator



The Challenge and the Joy

An Interview with Austin Fender, BCA Physcial Science teacher

Tell us how you came to teach at BCA? 

Austin Fender, Physical Science

Austin Fender, Physical Science

I found out about Boise Classical Academy through a customer, Mr. Ririe, at my coffee shop. I was immediately interested, because of my passion for both physics and young adults. My high school experience was not typical, but I do think those experiences give me a unique perspective on how to connect with students. I love teaching the Physical Science class, because it gives me the opportunity to interact with so many of the students at BCA. It’s both a challenge and joy to motivate their interests in science and show just how broad the applications are to the subjects that we cover. 

We hear you enjoy travelling. What are some of the places you have been? 

I’ve been to Guatemala, the Bahamas, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia, and what I’ve learned is that people all over the world are essentially the same. I have been deeply impacted by the hospitality and kindness I’ve experienced in other places, as well as the implications of historical events in different cultures. Travelling is something that a lot of people are excited by, but one thing I come back to is the fact that our country holds some of the most incredible terrain and culture in the world, which is easy to ignore because it’s so close. 

What about your tattoos? What do the pictures you’ve chosen mean to you? 

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I got my first tattoo when I was 19 years old. I chose to get a Chi Rho symbol, which represents Christ. Since then, I’ve gotten many more and some have meaning, which is Biblical, others are just art that I like. It’s been, for me, a way of expressing myself. 

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you? 

Eight years ago, I decided to pick up a Bible for the first time in years. Since then, God has done so many incredible things in my life. I’ve had many opportunities to serve young adults and the community of Boise. There have been good times and hard times. This last year was a blessing to me in so many ways. I finished my education at Boise State, started teaching at BCA, and met my fiancé. The decision to follow God and grow into the man that I was designed to be is without a doubt the best thing that’s ever happened to me.


Hey you…Yeah, you!

A regular feature where we all get to know each other…

(from left to right)

Abigail Renk, 12th Grade:

What was a thing you’ve done that made you feel extreme happiness: Reaching out to a friend who I thought I had lost.

Who or what has been your biggest teacher? Life.

Parker Ford, 9th Grade:

What’s one thing about you that surprises people? I’m older than I look.

If you could invite any 3 people to dinner, who would they be? Tim Tebow, Tom Brady and Jesus.

Krystal Colgrove, 7th Grade:

Where do you most hope to visit some day? South Korea,

What is one of your favorite books? I’ll Give You The Sun.

AJ Colgrove, 9th Grade:

When you’re not doing schoolwork, how do you like to spend your time? Being around friends, doing Parkour and flips, and video games.

What is your most-used emoji? Why do you think that is? The laughing emoji, because I’m a happy guy!


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Spring Happenings and Dates of Note

April 1: 2019-20 Enrollment Open

April 14: Palm Sunday

April 15: Last Day for $15 Application Fee ($30 after this date)

April 19: Good Friday

April 20: Passover

April 21: Easter Sunday

May 3, 6: Senior Projects and Junior Thesis Presentations

May 13: Drama Presents ~ Scenes of Shakespeare

May 17, 20: BCA Finals

May 22: BCA Festival Day Family BBQ (Last Day of School)

May 23: BCA Graduation