Dallas, TX —#8212; As schools around the country close their doors due to widespread budget cuts, The Southern Baptist Academy opened it's doors this morning. However, no students walked through their doorway, because The Southern Baptist Academy (www.TheSouthernBaptistAcademy.org
) is not a typical brick and mortar school. The Southern Baptist Academy is a K-12 Christian online home educating academy, offering over 140 classes in their Biblically-based curriculum. Through its teacher-led multimedia program, The Southern Baptist Academy is serving the burgeoning community of Southern Baptist homeschoolers.
"The Southern Baptist Academy is an alternative to the failing public school system," says academy founder Mimi Rothschild. Citing school shootings, moral ambiguity, flagging test scores, and an increasing hostility to traditional Christian values, Rothschild indicts the public school system for betraying America's families.
According to education veteran Rothschild, the online school was launched as a response to a recent Southern Baptist Convention's Resolution indicting the public school system for acceptance of sexual immorality, homosexuality, aborting unborn children, Man-From-Apes evolution, and rebellion against the American way of life. The Resolution furthermore encourages all Southern Baptist families to pull their children out of the public schools.
"When I read that, I knew that millions of children would need an alternative to the public schools. Many families cannot afford the high costs of private education. At the same time, many parents are either too busy or lack the expertise to dive into full-time homeschooling." Rothschild designed the Southern Baptist Academy to combine the high-quality education and teacher support of a prestigious private school with the Scriptural foundation, control, and affordability of homeschooling.
This launch comes hot on the heels of similar rumblings in the Southern Baptist community. The Exodus Mandate, an organization dedicated to getting kids out of public schools, the Southern Baptist Convention itself, and several other grassroots organizations have sprung up to encourage Southern Baptist parents to join a mass movement through homeschooling. The Southern Baptist Academy is the first school to offer an alternative specifically for Southern Baptists.
"We see big things on the horizon," says Rothschild. "Can you imagine what kind of an effect we could have on American culture if such a large percentage of a generation grew up training to fight for the cause of Christ? It has the potential to be the most spiritually significant social movement of our time and I consider it an honor to be a part of it."
The Southern Baptist Academy also enables Southern Baptist churches across the country through its Exodus Partners program (www.TheSouthernBaptistAcademy.org/morepartners.php
). "We hope to join with Southern Baptist churches who are interested in becoming affiliates of the Academy. Rothschild hopes that this free partnership will inspire churches of all sizes to "join the exodus."
The Southern Baptist Academy is the first online school created specifically to assist Southern Baptist families exit the public school system. SBA is a revolutionary Christian, teacher-led, K-12, multimedia-rich online program. Through its 140 extensive course offerings, The Southern Baptist Academy is providing engaging educational support to Christian families worldwide.
For more information about The Southern Baptist Academy, visit www.TheSouthernBaptistAcademy.org