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 Sanctuary Academy of Dewitt is a Catholic homeschool support program. We welcome people of all faith backgrounds.

 

Our mission is to inspire learners and their families to answer God's call and become saints that change the world.

NOW ENROLLING 2023/24 Ages 5-11

*Waiting List for Ages 5-7

Do you want your child to love learning?

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WE BELIEVE THAT SAINTS STILL EXIST, AND YOUR CHILD IS ONE OF THEM



OUR PROMISES

YOUR CHILD WILL:

  • Begin a Hero’s Journey

  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.

  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms. 

  • Learn to value and work on six relationship areas: God, others, ourselves, our bodies, nature, and learning

  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.

OUR BELIEFS
 
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WE BELIEVE EACH CHILD HAS A GIFT THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD IN A PROFOUND WAY .

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WE BELIEVE IN A CLOSELY CONNECTED FAMILY OF LIFELONG LEARNERS.

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WE BELIEVE IN LEARNING BY BEING, LEARNING BY DOING AND LEARNING BY LEARNING.

OUR STORY

Sanctuary Academy is an affiliate of Acton Academy, which originated in Austin, Texas.  Acton Academy is named after Lord Acton.  Lord Acton (1834-1902) was a Victorian scholar of Freedom who saw liberty not as a license to do what one wishes, but as the freedom to do what is right.  Acton Academy embraces an educational model that "turns learning upside down".  Freedoms, rights and responsibilities are entrusted to learners as they are immersed in hands-on, real-world experiences during the school day. 

Monica Poff
Program Director

Monica has been homeschooling since 2016. It has been a challenging journey with a growing family and managing a part time job.  She and Matt are blessed to have five children and one on the way. She had deeply desired to give their children more consistent opportunities to collaborate with other learners and grow in real-life skills and virtues, which led to the launch of Sanctuary.  Monica is also a faith-based counselor and is very passionate about healing, wholeness and health.  Monica has experienced her own mental health struggles and believes that we need to support young people in this area by incorporating human formation into their education. 

Maria Brookens
Program Co-Director

Maria was a public school teacher for ten years. She built a classroom that was learner-driven, before she knew the term! She was often using innovative, creative approaches to education to foster a love for learning in each one of her students. She left teaching to raise a family, and now has two children of her own. She is excited to be co-directing Sanctuary, and serving as the Sparks guide. She is on a lifelong journey of learning, and is currently diving deep into Montessori education. She is passionate about helping moms on the hero's journey of motherhood.  She has had to prioritize her own mental health and practice self-care, and wants to lead moms to do the same so that they can offer their best for their families!

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