Genesis Classical Academy (GCA) in Winnebago isn’t resting on its laurels.
Although the school year has barely ended, GCA officials are already gearing up for next year.
In its inaugural year of operation, there were nearly 30 students enrolled in grades pre-K through 4th and the non-denominational Christian school finished in the black financially.
“We’re pretty happy with the first year, it was a good one,” says Bill Erickson, GCA board president. “The families that participated are signing up their children again and others are considering.”
School headmaster Renee Doyle says another grade level will be added and they are planning for 45 students.
“We will likely hire two additional full-time teachers,” says Doyle.
This year the school employed four full-time and four part-time teachers, as well as three paid support staff.
To ensure the school’s budget needs are met, says Erickson, fund-raising efforts and events have been ongoing.
Doyle says $6,300 was raised during a recent spring fashion show and $2,100 from a garage sale.
“We’re always seeking small and large donations,” says Erickson. “Our goal is so people can afford to have their children come here. We have to raise funds to make it possible for those who can’t afford to pay full tuition.”
Despite increasing enrollment, GCA officials aren’t making any plans to move from their Parker Oaks location.
“At this point there is plenty of room to expand. Space is not a factor,” says Erickson. “We can take whatever enrollment we get. We’ll be able to handle it.”
The cost of tuition for one child is $4,950; $3,950 for a second child; and $2,950 for each additional child.
Parents may obtain more information regarding enrollment and scholarships from the school’s website or by calling (507) 893-3600.