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PROFILE

Petra Academy is the largest classical and Christian school in Montana, serving the Bozeman community and greater Gallatin Valley with quality education for pre-school (K4) through 12th.

Year established: 1995
Total student enrollment: 215
Number of families involved: 135
Average Secondary class size: 11
On-time graduation: 100%
Class of 2016: 8
Local churches represented: 40
Annual tuition: $2,335-$7,500

Petra Academy is a member in good standing and accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, “organized for the mission of promoting, establishing, and equipping member schools committed to a classical approach to education in the light of a Christian worldview grounded in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, commonly known as the Bible.”

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MISSION

Recognizing our need for God’s grace, Petra Academy strives to awaken love and wonder in our students by teaching them to observe with humility, think with reason, and articulate with charity for the flourishing of humanity and the renown of Jesus the Christ. (Read more about our mission, as featured in the Association of Classical Christian Schools Journal.)

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WHO WE ARE

Petra is a transdenominational Christian school. All of its board members, administrative staff and faculty ascribe to the historic creeds of the Christian Faith. We acknowledge Christ as both source and goal of all creation and history, and the center of any discussion of truth, beauty, and goodness. That said, ours is an open enrollment, meaning we do not require profession of faith from student or parent(s) to be considered for admission.

We want to see our students equipped with the “tools of learning” that will prepare them not only for further studies in college and in a wide range of vocations, but for living full and exuberant lives that take great delight in all God’s works. But more than that, we long to see our students, so equipped, to give themselves to a hurting world, to be those “who will hold on to Christ firmly with one hand and reach out the other, with wit and skill and cheerfulness, with compassion and sorrow and tenderness, to the places where our world is in pain” (N.T. Wright, For All God’s Worth).

We desire that our faculty exemplify the pursuit we envision for our students: that they are diligent and eager about what they teach, always learning themselves, and loving their students in Christ’s love. We want them to have a clear understanding of classical education, both in its application in their classroom and how their work fits into the whole.

As a school that bases its mandate from parental authority, we want to welcome the presence of parents at our school and in the classrooms. We want to be responsive to the concerns of parents within the parameters of the school’s mission. We desire and need parents to share a sense of responsibility for the school, to be enthusiastically involved and supportive.

We want to be supportive of our local community, above reproach in our business dealings and engaged in community activities. Particularly, in the body of Christ, we long to exemplify our unity in Christ that transcends the diversity of our backgrounds.

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