The Whole Family Story
The journey for the founder of Zion Academy of America (ZAA) from a local homeschooling to a K-12 distance learning program nationwide began in the early 1980s when she noticed the academics of the American school were declining, and the education of her own children was suffering. There were very few options available in those days, and private schools were so expensive. After much searching, she finally found a private church school that she and her husband could afford for her two children.
At the time, her girls were in the 2nd and 6th grades. At the end of their school year, she withdrew them from the local public school and enrolled them in a private church school. Homeschooling was rare and virtually unknown in the early 1980s, and "homeschool" was not yet a household word.
During the following year, the Pastor of the church decided to close the school. This meant she needed to look again for a school for her children. She knew that she could not send her girls back to public school. So she did something that was bold and controversial at the time, which was to school her own children at home. This was when homeschooling was thought to be illegal. Now, it is known to be legal in all states in America, although each state has unique guidelines.
Zion Academy of America's founder is a pioneer for homeschooling.
It was just a matter of time when families started going to her and asking a lot of questions and wanting her to teach them how to do the same for their children. It was then that she saw the need to begin an accredited academy for homeschooling, to make it easy for these children to receive high school diplomas and to enter into colleges and universities.
Zion Academy of America was officially birthed in the 1980s. Its humble beginnings started in Fort Worth, Texas, and operated locally for more than 10 years. It is now a nationally recognized, accredited distance learning school which has enrolled thousands over the years and graduated hundreds of students, many going on to colleges and universities throughout the country. ZAA operated near Seattle, Washington for 20 years and is now back in Texas. ZAA is serving families across America and beyond its borders.
The daughters completed the College Preparatory Honors courses of study offered by ZAA and graduated with honors from the accredited diploma program. The older daughter became a corporate executive assistant and later married and gave birth to two daughters. She now works in ZAA as the Director of Operations. The younger daughter married a minister, and they had four children. She is the Director of Admissions for ZAA. All of the founder's grandchildren are either enrolled or have graduated from ZAA.
Zion Academy provides a high quality standard of academics. The founder can personally attest to the excellence of the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum and its exceptional format. She has been consistently impressed over the years with the educational results of this curriculum, which is why ZAA continues to use it even today.
And now the second generation of the founder's family is reaping the same benefits that her daughters enjoyed while preparing to lead Zion Academy and to carry on the legacy begun three decades ago.