Five reasons why your kids need you to visit this private school.

So here’s the deal. There are some great options when it comes to private Christian schools in the Treasure Valley, and there are a lot of families thriving at those schools. And that’s so great!

But this article is NOT for those families.

If you love your kid’s school and they do too, then stop reading now. Just stop. Click away. Nothing for you to see here. You need to stay put where you are, keep enjoying all of the goodness you and your kids experience each day, and frolic with your school people in the potato fields.

If you’re still reading, we’re sorry. It means you haven’t yet found the right niche for your kid(s). And that makes us sad. We parental-types really love it when our littles and bigs are thriving. And might we add that we love it EVEN MORE when our kids don’t whine and complain all the live-long day…or week…or month! Life’s too short for that kind of drama and our livers don’t need any more Tylenol.

Now, we won’t pretend to know your story. Things may be AWFUL every day with constant stories of bullying, cliques, and depression…OR your kid may just feel MEH about their school life. Whatever the case, there’s a school you need to visit. Like tomorrow. Unless it’s the weekend. You don’t come on the weekend. But really, you need to schedule a visit yesterday. It might just be exactly what you never knew your kids have always yearned for. (Go ahead, you can re-read that last sentence…it’s a doozie.)

We’re talking about the Treasure Valley’s oldest and best kept secret. Greenleaf Friends Academy. Yes, it’s a Quaker school. No we don’t wear head-coverings and drive horse-drawn carriages to drop our kids off each day…just in case you get that image in your mind when you hear “Quaker”. If you want to know more, here is some info about what our Quaker school believes. You’re welcome.

As for our Academy, you should know that we’re quite literally #1. It’s a little-known fact that we were IDAHO’S VERY FIRST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. That’s right, numero uno. In 1905, five lovely and devoted Quaker families who felt the same burden to “educate their children under Godly influences”, held hands around a Thanksgiving table and prayed for God’s direction. Over the next 4 years, the growing settlement of church members, bought 10 acres of land and high school classes officially began in the back of their church, on November 8, 1908. The rest, as they say, is history, and God’s hand of blessing and provision has been on this amazing school ever since.

Here’s the thing. GFA is not your typical private school, and our families come back year after year, and GENERATION after GENERATION precisely because of that. Some of our families make long commutes every day just to be a part of our community. Others move their whole lives from out-of-state or out-of-area because GFA is like a second family and they want to be nearby. It just draws you that way. Like we said, GFA is special.

Because of this, we thought we’d raise our hand and speak up about our Academy, so more families with hearts like ours will know we’re here. So now, in no particular order, here are just five of the many reasons why you need to take the day off work (or maybe just run over on an extended lunch-break) and see what we’re all about…