ALPHARETTA, GA. – Perhaps it is no accident Home Sweet Homeschool, A Christian Academy, opened last week on Church Street in Alpharetta.
The small frame house at 41 Church Street is gaily decorated in education motifs. At its Aug. 3 grand opening, guests were treated to a tour of the facility.
The Christ-centered pre-school through fifth grade is in Alpharetta’s downtown Historic District offers drama, Spanish, art, P.E., music, computer lab and chapel three days a week. Ann Blevins, a teacher with 20 years experience in both public and private school is executive director and founder of the school.
“It has always been my passion and dream to open a Christian school for young children,” Blevins said. “Last year I began teaching in my home, and that led me to this calling to open Home Sweet Homeschool.”
Blevins grew up in Roswell, the daughter of Martha and Judge Tom Campbell, and attended Roswell High School. She and her husband now live in Alpharetta. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt University in Waleska and working on her Masters Degree from Liberty University.
Blevins has also written a children’s book, “Mr. Thumbkins,” which teaches about God’s love.
She is also involved in her church, leading a children’s choir (she was a member of the All-State Chorus and sang with the Robert Shaw Symphony) and volunteering in Vacation Bible School. She created a puppet ministry which she plans to integrate into the school’s activities.
The school has a staff of six (including her businesswoman-mother as business manager). Blevins said it is her plan to add a grade a year and expand to include middle school next door.
This hybrid non-traditional school (in that it is not full-time) uses ABEKA, Saxon and Bob Jones curricula and emphasizes one-on-one instruction and limited class sizes.
“We offer a balanced, fully accredited Christian curriculum with strong parent involvement,” Blevins said. “Our classes foster creativity in a clean, fun, safe and nurturing atmosphere.”
Blevins said the school will also set defined goals for students that will be realistic, attainable and measurable using standardized testing. Students will also learn community service through school-wide service projects. Elementary hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with aftercare available.
“Our mission is to be Christ-centered founded on Biblical truth. We will integrate this teaching with well-rounded enrichment programs. It is our hope and our goal to make a difference in the hearts and lives of all the children and families who enter our doors,” Blevins said.