By Jennifer Stanley
Ambassador Baptist Academy (ABA) in Greenbrier is one of Faulkner County's best kept educational secrets. Established in 2006, the private school has seen an increase in enrollment each year.
Currently, the school is pleased to have 65 students. Though ABA has advertised via billboard and in Winc., their predominant method of promoting the school has been grassroots. As school director Josh Mendenhall explained, "The primary way enrollment has grown is by word-of-mouth from satisfied parents."
ABA is an outreach of Ambassador Baptist Church in Greenbrier. "As families were added to our church, our pastor saw the need to start a Christian school with a strong academic program and solid biblical teaching and character training for their children. Today, not only do our church families benefit from this ministry, but also families from other local churches," shared Josh.
Another goal of ABA is to provide training for the student's entire life - school to home. "(We want) to work as an extension of the home and church to instill a Biblical worldview and lifestyle in the lives of all students as we give them a good general education. It is necessary that the school, the parent(s), and the student work together to achieve this goal," Josh added. "We believe in educating not only the student's mind but also guiding the student's heart toward the things of God."
The school began with only four grades, but now offers studies for students in preschool through 12th grade. This year, the school looks forward to its first graduation ceremony. Most classes have from six to 13 students. "With such a low student-teacher ratio, we are able to give each student individual attention. Our teachers work to help every student become confident in each new concept as it is introduced throughout the school year. Our school even offers free help classes to new or struggling students in core subjects such as math, language and reading," added Josh. "ABA is blessed with dedicated, loving teachers who try to exemplify Christ."
When asked what differentiates ABA, Josh stated the following:
"ABA offers character training in a quality environment; we believe character training is a vital part of a Christian education. Since obedience is the key to developing Godly character, we work to consistently train our students to obey quickly and with a right heart attitude.
"We believe this will help the student develop self-discipline. Our teacher-directed classroom approach for instructing students has proven successful throughout the history of education. Our classrooms are bright and cheerful, air-conditioned, and completely carpeted. With clean, modern facilities and a safe environment, look no further than ABA to meet your educational needs."
"ABA is blessed with dedicated, loving teachers who try to exemplify Christ. Our teachers work to build a strong relationship with each student in their classes. They go the extra mile to help each student succeed both academically and spiritually."
"ABA uses A Beka curriculum and textbooks. This curriculum provides the highest quality materials for Kindergarten, elementary and secondary from a Christian perspective. ABA teaches reading in K5 using a strong phonics program.
"A Beka's systematic phonics program teaches students to read at an early age while giving them a variety of strong character-building reading selections."
"ABA offers affordable tuition. We believe our monthly tuition rates are less expensive than those of other area schools. More tuition information is available by calling 501-679-1294."
Interested applicants may be admitted per administrative approval; approval may be granted after a meeting with the administration.
To learn more, enrollment packets are available at the school office or by contacting ABA.
"As the Lord blesses, we plan to grow and help more families give their children a strong academic and spiritual foundation."