What began as an idea by Heather Goodale to rent a meeting room adjacent to our historic Tabernacle to start a small home school cottage has become reality with the establishment of Jubilee Academy. Heather explains that “Jubilee Academy, a Christian school serving grades K-6, is located at Camp Kavanaugh. I originally planned for Jubilee to be a two-day supplemental program for about 15 homeschool students. However, God had different plans. My original vision grew into a hybrid of a cottage school for homeschool students and a full-time Christian school. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we have 29 students. The rest of the week, we have nine students. Students learn all of the core subjects, as well as art and music.”
“We have three teachers—Cheri Withrow, Janet Schweinhart, and me. I am certified in elementary and special education. I teach the full-time program and I teach grades 4-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Cheri, who is certified in elementary education, teaches Kindergarten and 1st grade on Mondays and Wednesdays. Janet teaches art, music, and special projects in our full-time program, and she teaches 2nd and 3rd grades on Mondays and Wednesdays.”
“Jubilee Academy is unique in several ways. First, we admit students with a variety of special needs. Current enrollment includes students with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as English Language Learners. More than half of our population is adopted, many from foreign countries such as China, Ethiopia, and India. We also admit typical students, because we believe it’s important for students who struggle to have good models. It’s also important for students who don’t struggle academically to develop empathy for those who do.”
“We are so blessed to be at Camp Kavanaugh. The natural setting allows us to study creation as part of our science program. We eat lunch and have recess outdoors as long as the weather permits. And I can’t praise the staff enough for their cooperation, kindness, and encouragement. I hope we can remain at Kavanaugh for many years.”
A recent article in the Courier-Journal detailed how H. H. Kavanaugh, the founder of Camp Kavanaugh, in addition to being a well-known clergyman and leader in the Methodist Church was equally well-known as an advocate of education, having served as the first superintendent of public instruction in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center strives to once again find its place within the structure of the church, it is interesting that Kavanaugh has become a place where young children are being educated.