Bachman Academy celebrates National School Choice Week
by LUCIE R. WILLSIE, Associate Editor
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BACHMAN ACADEMY students gathered to help celebrate National School Choice Week by wearing yellow scarves, the color of choice for the organization, and releasing yellow balloons. The school can be seen in the background. Banner photo, LUCIE R. WILLSIE
BACHMAN ACADEMY students gathered to help celebrate National School Choice Week by wearing yellow scarves, the color of choice for the organization, and releasing yellow balloons. The school can be seen in the background. Banner photo, LUCIE R. WILLSIE
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The sun tried to warm the 39 students, but the nip in the air remained.

But the love of their school, their teachers and their classes warmed their hearts and showed in their enthusiastic attitude.

“We believe it’s important to shine a spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children,” said Mark Frizzell, headmaster of Bachman Academy. That’s what National School Choice Week is all about. “We want to show our support for every student’s right to effective, motivating, challenging schools and teachers, and to share our belief that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children.”

With education having a special place in the hearts of both teachers and students at Bachman, they gathered on the grounds of the campus to celebrate their love of education — and the many choices available.

“We’re coming together to celebrate that people have a choice when it comes to education,” said Anne Cadle, development coordinator at Bachman Academy.

The school, in McDonald, celebrated — for the first time — National School Choice Week Thursday by also wearing commemorative yellow scarves and releasing yellow balloons. Yellow is the signature color for the National School Choice organization. The week’s celebration started on Jan. 25 and ends on Feb. 3.

“We are thrilled to have Bachman Academy involved in National School Choice Week 2013,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella. “Every parent deserves the best educational option for their children, and it’s incredible to see schools like Bachman Academy fighting for those parents and children every day.”

“We acknowledge quality education in whatever form that takes,” Cadle said, and what is best for the student.“

All of Bachman’s students have different educational needs.

“And serving those precise needs is what Bachman Academy is all about,” she explained.

Bachman Academy strongly supports this organization’s goal to raise awareness for families to have greater and more effective educational options available to them and their children — both in Tennessee and across the entire U.S. The week highlights the various types of educational choices parents and students have, from high-performing public schools, church schools, public charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, home schooling, and virtual schools.

“Without choice,” said Nikki Rigdon, marketing/communications manager, “many students wouldn’t be able to get an education.” For example, Bachman Academy offers special programs in horticulture, woodworking, equine science and mechanics. “At Bachman Academy, teachers work individually based on their unique needs.”

Bachman Academy offers grades 6 through 12.

“And they come from all over America,” Rigdon said, “both boarding and day students.” Thirty percent of the students are from the South. The rest come from eight states and four countries.”

Bachman Academy has a 1:1 ratio of staff to students. It has a ratio of 1:3 of teachers to students. But, although a math class, for example, may contain several students, the students each still get individual attention.

“School choice is very important to us,” Rigdon emphasized.

For example, Bachman is a private boarding and day school for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or ADHD.

The event at Bachman Academy is only one of 3,500 scheduled across the country in all 50 states during this weeklong celebration of education reform.

“National School Choice members will travel from California to Maine this week, stopping at National School Choice events along the way,” Rigdon said. “Maybe next year, we can convince them to come south.”

In addition to specialized education for its students, Bachman Academy also always offers opportunities for volunteer projects, such as reading to students to tutoring, as well as helping to maintain the 206-acre campus.

For more information on National School Choice Week, go to www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

To contact Bachman Academy, call 479-4523.