As the Gallatin Valley’s only K4-12th grade classical Christian school, Petra Academy began its 21st year in Bozeman last week with a record 211-student enrollment and some exciting news: as reported by the ACT National Office, Petra Academy students scored 38% higher than the Montana state-wide average, with the class of 2016 earning an average composite score of 28.0 as compared to the State of Montana average composite score of 20.3.
Petra’s curriculum and teachers are the two main reasons for student success. Over the past 20 years, Petra has developed a deep K4-12th grade curriculum built on the greatest books and ideas from the greatest minds Western Civilization has produced. In the hands and hearts of teachers who embrace their role as exemplars, these ideas take shape and come to life in our students in a variety of ways, with good ACT scores being just one of those.
The ACT measures college-readiness among high school students, with 64% of students of the graduating class of 2016 taking the exam. College-readiness is measured in four areas – English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. 78% of Petra students exceeded college readiness benchmark scores as compared to 22% of students across Montana. The score report, state-by-state comparisons and other statistical analysis are available here.
I am excited to be at Petra and in a community like Bozeman, where parents seem to really value education. For families in search of small classes and a vibrant liberal arts education at the primary, elementary, and secondary levels, we’re thankful to be able to meet students’ needs in ways other schools may not. Most importantly (and as our mission states), we’re committed to do so for the flourishing of humanity and the renown of Jesus the Christ.
All Bozeman schools are now in session, but not all are the same. Things not working out for your student(s)? We still have room in most classes and are glad to help parents looking for the right fit. Join us each and every Thursday morning from 9-10 or 10-11 a.m. for our Open House Thursday. We’ll brew the coffee; you bring your questions. No RSVP required; just come!