Stâre Academy opens doors in Baxter

The school welcomed 50 students for the 2022-23 school year.

Five students sit on a blue rug in a classroom, teacher sits behind on a chair
Kindergarten students at the new Stâre Academy in Baxter pose for a photo on their first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.
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BAXTER — Stâre Academy, a new classical Christian school in Baxter for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, celebrated its first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Staff welcomed 50 kids from ages 3-14 and their families through the doors for the first time.

“Today is a testament of what’s possible with God at the center,” stated Brad Pieper, Stâre Academy board president, in a news release. “There were many things that had to fall into place to make this day possible. We trusted in His plan and kept focused on what was needed to get it done. Watching the kids explore their new school today is such a gift to the many hands that labored to bring Stâre Academy to life.”

As a classical Christian school, Stâre Academy uses a pre-Industrial Revolution approach to instruction. This is a similar pedagogy used to instruct America’s forefathers.

“A classical school seeks to educate the entire child through a robust study of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and great literature with the desired outcome of teaching children character-building truth and moral virtue,” the academy’s website states.


“At Stâre Academy, we feel called to acquaint children with their Creator, and in doing so, help them to see their ‘superpowers’ and how they might employ those gifts to bring hope to the world,” stated Jillieta Norwood, Stâre Academy head of school, in the release.

Stâre Academy outlines six core distinctives, one of which is being affordable for all.

“Our vision from the outset was to be able to provide a Christ-centered, exceptional academic experience for all students, regardless of their ability to pay for it,” stated Tiffanie Knapp, Stâre Academy co-founder vice chair, in the release.

To accomplish this goal, Stâre Academy seeks donors who partner with student families to subsidize the cost of their child’s education. With the school year now in full swing, Stâre Academy continues to accept enrollment applications from families looking to enroll their children for this academic year.

“We have the capacity to serve as many as 150 students this year,” Norwood stated. “We are here, ready to serve families that are seeking a Classical, God-centered approach to their child’s learning.”

For more about the school and its mission, visit .

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