From the Founders: Why Start A New School - For My(Our) Whole Family
2,827 miles is how far my family traveled from the DC suburbs to relocate to my hometown of Turlock. Even though I was coming home, I came home as a new person. I spent almost three years in San Diego in a Chaldean rite seminary and then at a small catholic college. I transferred to Franciscan University of Steubenville and spent almost two (of my favorite and most formative) years in Ohio, and, while in Ohio, I met my future wife. I still had deep roots in Turlock, but my identity was now found in Christ through His Church and most of my touchpoints to that life existed outside of California. My wife had no roots here.
Contemporary schools, under the intentional design of John Dewey, are created to be a center of life for adolescents. Classical schools, and HMSOW specifically, are designed to be the center of life for the whole family.
People often talk about how hard buying a new home or remodeling a home is to do. It is. The underestimated part of moving somewhere new is finding a group of people who are moving in a similar direction. Not identical people because then you have a tough time growing, but people who strive for the same goal and help you inculcate and multiply the message you wish to convey to your kids in their most formative years. That came hard for us when we moved back. It's MUCH better now, but it's still hard. I can only imagine how hard it is when my kids make their own connections and have their activities pulling them in every which way.
Much has been said in the last two years in the need to create institutions that support local culture and ideals. Everyone from Tim Carney, Rod Dreher, and Jonah Goldberg have echoed this need for people to create institutions that provide support to families and other people. Places where people can gather, share ideas, and put into practice the God-given social nature of human beings. This need becomes real when your free time is limited by the joy of children, and the most organic nucleus is the children's school.
Contemporary schools, under the intentional design of John Dewey, are created to be a center of life for adolescents. Classical schools, and HMSOW specifically, are designed to be the center of life for the whole family. A school fulfilling its proper mission strengthens the institution of the family and assists parents, never supplanting them. Education is great, freeing, and really fun when done right, but all of that is for not if the family is not unified in its pursuit of that beautiful education. That is what HMSOW will strive for: an intentional community of families bonded by the pursuit of Truth Himself and creating an institution that can and will be a launchpad for revival in the central valley. That revival has the potential to be spiritual, intellectual, and moral; the three categories of virtues in our expected student outcomes. I'll be frank if you're looking for a place that will make sure your kid is safe and learning at least what they "should" learn in each respective grade, HMSOW is not going to be a great fit for your family. If, however, you desire to step into the role (and call) as the primary educator of your child, and you want to live out that call among other families who think the same then HMSOW will be strengthened through your participation. My wife and I's lives will be blessed by your presence, and, hopefully, ours will do the same for your family.
If you think you want to be a part of that community please go to our website HMSOW.org and fill out our survey. We also have an inquiry form at this link that can help us assess family needs in our beginning stages.