Ray of Hope still exists for new school

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A local church soon hopes to offer a ray of educational hope to the area’s children.

The new Ray of Hope Christian Academy plans to begin classes during the 2013-14 school year.

A new five-classroom building has recently been completed on the grounds of the Ray of Hope Christian Fellowship Church on Raymond Road.

Pastor Matt Huff said that a lack of Christian-based schools in the Shepherdsville area led the church to consider creating an alternative for local families.

“We just felt like it was the right way to go,” he said. “I have a young son myself, and I want him to go to a Christian school. Other church families feel the same.”

Ray of Hope Christian Academy will feature grade levels from Kindergarten through fifth grades, focusing on A Beka Christian-based curriculum.

“It’s made for Christian schools,” Huff said of A Beka. “I used it back when I was in school. It includes a whole spectrum of subjects, plus Bible curriculum. It’s all tied in with the Christian world view.”

Along with the classrooms, the new facility includes a multi-purpose room, lunchroom, foyer, office and a storage area.

Huff said the church was in the process of hiring experienced educators and volunteers. 

He mentioned his wife, Samantha, was a former instructor at Overdale Elementary.

“We want to do everything with good quality and excellence,” said Huff. “We prefer to shoot for state-certified teachers.”

Along with a quality staff, Huff said Ray of Hope plans to feature state-of-the-art technologies comparable to those in local public schools.

Ray of Hope planned to open by this semester, but Huff admitted plans could not get underway in time. He said the school would begin an enrollment push after the first of the year.

The school facility is available for tours. Anyone interested in visiting, or for more enrollment information, call 543-1857 or visit the Ray of Hope Christian Fellowship website, www.rayofhopechristian.org.