Hoshaw is proud of the educational foundation Acacia has laid, but he and his staff are not content to rest on their laurels.

“We just finished our seventh year, and are excited to begin our eighth,” Hoshaw said. “So it’s a great time to celebrate, and a great time to strengthen our resolve and invest in the future.”

Hoshaw’s passion is evident and contagious when he discusses Acacia’s future.

“What we have before us is something called the Legacy Campaign. Legacy is a colorful term that creates a picture in our minds of what we want to pay forward to the future,” Hoshaw explained. “The Legacy Campaign is a major gifts campaign that is designed not only to support the education that is going into our children, but it is ensuring the next generation will benefit from a classical Christian education.”

Sara Bassett Sullivan is co-chair of the Legacy Campaign (along with Sharon Bassett) and said that the fundraising effort is vital to ensure Acacia can continue to meet the needs of future students.

“Nearly seventy percent of Acacia students receive some level of financial aid, and that creates a gap that we need to bridge through means other than tuition,” Sullivan said. “We want to make sure that every student that wants to attend Acacia is able.”

Hoshaw picked up the thought.

“We want Acacia to be excellent, without being exclusive,” he said.“There is sometimes a cynical view of private school kids,” Hoshaw continued. “They pull up in their high end luxury cars, get dropped off and eat caviar for lunch. But that is just not the case here – this is quite a cross-section of people.”

That diversity is something the students and staff of Acacia are very proud of, according to Hoshaw.

“We have diversity on many levels here,” he noted. “A diversity of churches – we have 26 separate denominations represented in our student body. We have diversity of race and culture, and a diversity of socio-economic status. It is a great blessing to us, but it is one that presents a challenge that we have to meet, and that is where the Legacy Campaign comes in.”

The campaign goal is to raise $200,000 annually for each of the next three years.

“There is a shortfall of around $150,000 per year between tuition and the costs of educating the students,” Sullivan said. “And this is despite a very efficient effort on the part of the school.”

Hoshaw agreed.

“We have been very frugal with the dollar, I believe, educating our students for half the cost of what is spent per student in the public schools,” he noted. “Still, with so many students receiving financial aid, and the fact that the school receives no government money, it presents a challenge.”

Sullivan said meeting the goal would do more than just bridge the tuition/cost gap.

“Through the generosity of the community, we would be able to create a reserve that would ensure Acacia is around long after this campaign ends,” she said. “As a parent of a child who is thriving here, I hope that other parents always have this option available to them.”

A reserve would also allow the school to improve and expand, Hoshaw said.

“Future fundraisers like the annual Art in Bloom could be applied more toward growth opportunities and strategic building of the school to bring even more educational pathways to our students,” he said.

“As a school that is made up of children from nearly every corner of this community, we try very hard to be visible and active throughout that community,” Hoshaw said. “So it is our hope and prayer that people see the value in having this classical Christian education as a viable option for the next generation of students.”

Acacia Academy is a nondenominational, Classical Christian school serving students in grades kindergarten through 8. For more information about the school, schedule a tour or contribute to the Legacy Campaign, contact Acacia Academy at (765) 457-5545 or visit AcaciaAcademy.org. Acacia Academy is now enrolling for 2016-2107 school year.  

Acacia Academy is a nondenominational, Classical Christian school serving students in grades kindergarten through 8. For more information about the school, schedule a tour or contribute to the Legacy Campaign, contact Acacia Academy at (765) 457-5545 or visit AcaciaAcademy.org. Acacia Academy is now enrolling for 2016-2107 school year.