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Wing Classical Academy Slated to Open Later This Year; April 13 Informational Event

Courtesy photo. Wing Classical Academy presentation that took place earlier this year.

By Lisa Carolin

The Chelsea area will have a new school opening later this year called Wing Classical Academy.

It will be a private Classical Christian school starting out with K-6 students.

Wing’s mission is “to provide a rigorous classical education encased in Christian values with a vision of a school environment where the whole child is educated-mind, body, and spirit-to grow in wisdom and virtue, and the goal to produce graduates who think critically and speak and write confidently and persuasively.”

Wing Classical Academy will lease space at the New Harvest Church, located at 11875 Jackson Road in Lima Township. The school is modeling itself after Hillsdale Academy, the private K-12 school owned by Hillsdale College, and is using the Rafiki Bible Study curriculum developed by the Rafiki Foundation.

“The project was the idea of Stacey Wing, our board chair, who felt called to start a school,” said Jane Griffith, the executive director of Washtenaw Classical Fund, which is the 501(c)(3) created to raise the funds for a private school in the area. “Stacey had recently retired from Dexter Public Schools and had contact with many parents and others in the community who were expressing a desire for a local alternative to public schools with excellent academics and a Christian foundation.”

The plan for the school’s daily regimen is to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, say a prayer, and listen to a piece of scripture or prose memorized by a student. Students, faculty, and staff will attend a chapel service each week.

“Wing Classical Academy is a non-denominational Christian school,” said Griffith. “We see ourselves as a “Big Tent”- there is no requirement that students even be Christian. We do ask that families who wish to attend Wing affirm that they are willing to uphold our Statement of Faith and policies, in order to achieve a learning environment free of distractions.”

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