HISTORY AND VISION OF SPRING HILL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Spring Hill Christian opened its doors in November of 2004. It represented the concerted efforts and convictions of several individuals: Perry and Patsy Coghlan, Eric VanGorden, and the Board of Directors at Eagles Nest Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. Their goal was to provide quality Christian classical education for children in Spring Hill by first opening a preschool. Recognizing that all education is grounded upon and inescapably driven by religious (faith) presuppositions, the Coghlans wanted to start a school that consciously embraced and applied a Biblical Trinitarian worldview in education.
Spring Hill Christian began with eight preschool students in rented facilities at the Shops at Campbell Station. The school grew to 54 students in August of 2005, primarily through word of mouth. Parents still say they are most pleased with the dedicated, loving staff members and the consistently high level of academic and biblical encouragement their children receive. In June 2006, Spring Hill Christian opened a second preschool on the Maury County side of Spring Hill. In the fall of 2006, the elementary program began with a Kindergarten class of 14 and as of this year we have expanded to serve students through the sixth grade. Currently, we are leasing classroom space at 2001 Campbell Station Parkway, Suite C6 Spring Hill, TN 37174.
As the school expands in size and scope, much thought is given to curricular improvement. At the elementary level, math, reading, science, and other areas of the program are regularly reviewed and upgraded to qualitatively increase the learning of the students.
The school is currently housed in rented facilities, but prays God gives the opportunity to one day buy property and build facilities that will provide a home for Spring Hill Christian for centuries to come. We are planning and praying toward further growth of the school, both in facilities and the scope of the program, as more families become convinced of the necessity and advantages of a classical, Christ-centered education.
We aim to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the wisdom of this world. We desire they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling towards destruction; that they distinguish real religion from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff and to see them well paid so that they may make a career at Spring Hill Christian. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their classroom and how their work fits into the whole; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic mentors to students. We look to see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, their own children walking with the Lord.
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school and to be sure they are well informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them to follow biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our business dealings and supportive of the local business community. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding with the churches, and to bring honor to our Lord in all our endeavors.