We are an international curriculum academy (Kindergarten to Grade 12; K-12) whose purpose is to call out the greatness in every child and raise them to be Great leaders that transform communities. We believe that every child is designed and destined for greatness and there is a leader in each one of them.
We are committed to Harnessing the Greatness and Leadership in Every Child to Become the Solution that Transforms their Communities. In other words, we exist to help children find their God-given strengths, abilities and potential in order for them to influence and love others in practical ways that bring about community transformation both now and in their vocational future.
In order to solve the aforementioned problem and fulfill our purpose, we do three main things. We help children to Learn, to Lead and to Love others relevantly. We believe that every child needs a wholesome education in order to meaningfully and productively contribute to society. The children at Harvest Academy receive comprehensive instruction based on a Christian, non-denominational, curriculum, called Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS). At Harvest Academy, we equip the children for Leadership of self, others and communities. As a result of God centered Learning and strong Leadership training, we believe that our students will go on to be formidable agents of God’s Love and community transformation. Our education strategy helps children to LEARN + LEAD + LOVE
These are markers that guide us in what we do. In all that we do, we are LEGIT!
OUR EDUCATION VEHICLES
We have three vehicles that help us implement our education strategy:
LEARNING mainly happens through instruction of children using the CLASS curriculum on a weekly basis at the Worship Harvest Ministries complex in Naalya. CLASS is an independent and non-denominational K–12 Christian education program serving thousands of families each year. Since 1970, CLASS has helped over 100,000 families throughout the United States and around the world to educate their children.CLASS can be used by schools and home schooling families. Our teachers at Harvest Academy support children become independent learners. They support the children’s learning journeys and offer much needed guidance. Our teachers also help students achieve their daily learning targets and to submit their work to USA for grading.
LEADING happens in everything we do in all day-to-day interactions between the children and their tutors, at peer level and as well as between the children and their parents. Leadership is not a course unit but rather a way of life that is best learnt when one is submerged in a leadership culture. Teachers and children are taught to live out leadership habits using ‘The Leader in Me’; a program developed by Dr. Steve Covey the author New York best seller ‘7 Habits of Highly effective people’. The ‘Leader in Me’ threads through conversation, instruction and the general culture at the Harvest Academy. The children monitored to see how they apply these principles in their conduct both in the mornings (CLASS time) and during the Harvest Academy ‘Spark’ Afternoon sessions. In the ‘Spark’ sessions, the children are instructed in Finances & Investment, Performing & Creative Arts, Sports & Culture and the Expression of their Spiritual Gifts & Talents (the greatness and gifting in them).
LOVING is a daily reality for the children. Love is a verb. It is all the things that the Bible (1 Corinthians 13) defines it to be, especially when made a practical reality for friends, family and community. We encourage children to extend love toward each other and others when opportunity arises. We encourage them to engage in activities that express love relevantly to others.
CLASS is an accredited curriculum and its graduates are being accepted by leading colleges, universities, and military academies in the U.S.A and other developed countries in the world. Some of the universities that have admitted CLASS graduates include Harvard and Yale in the USA as well as Oxford in the UK.
Christian Liberty Academy has run the Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS) curriculum for over 40 years. Christian Liberty Academy is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools – NAPS (www.napsaccreditation.com). NAPS are a consortium of Christian educators and private school administrators from across the United States and Canada. The Association is dedicated to recognizing and improving the spiritual and educational quality of private and Christian schools. For detailed information on the curriculum go to www.homeschools.org.
Harvest Academy Ltd is a legally registered business operating under companies Act of the Republic of Uganda.
Harvest Academy is in due process of being licensed as a private school under the rules and guidelines of Ministry of Education (MoES) in Uganda, a school must run for two years and be subject to frequent spot checks by the MoES before it is fully issued a center registration number.
Every child at Harvest Academy has his/her own work books for all the subjects offered by CLASS at each grade level. The children are guided and supported to do their CLASS work from 8am to 1pm with breaks for Tea and lunch. The afternoons are used for the ‘Spark sessions in Finances & Investment, Performing & Creative Arts, Sports & Culture and the Expression of their Spiritual Gifts & Talents (the greatness and gifting in them). The Spark Sessions are conducted by internal and external session facilitators with experience in these fields.
Children who have not finished their day’s target of CLASS work are supported to use part of the afternoons to complete their work. Some of the experiments and CLASS work is done by the students at home with their parents to allow for parent involvement in the children’s learning. The Harvest Academy typical school day ends end at 4pm.
Tests are not conducted for every student at the same time but rather whenever they fall due, based on a student’s pace in each course unit. One of the intentions of having continuous assessment is to ensure that students are not terrified and mortified by tests and examinations. Our teachers supervise all tests and examinations and conduct the initial grading before the work is submitted to the CLASS headquarters in the U.S.A for final grading leading to certification for key grades (Kindergarten, Grade 8, Grade 10 and Grade 12).
Children who have studied under the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) curriculum and wish to switch to the CLASS curriculum can easily do so. If a student seeks to enroll for grade one and below, no entry test is required. However, any student seeking to enroll from grade two and above is required to sit and pass the California Achievement Test (CAT). Sitting for this test attracts a small fee that is directly administered by CLASS (USA).
If a student desires to switch from CLASS to UNEB, he/she only needs to present their CLASS report cards and certificates to UNEB which translates the results into a UNEB equivalent level.
In order to ensure seamless transition of students from UNEB curriculum to CLASS Curriculum or vice versa, Harvest Academy aligned its school term with that of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) in Uganda. Harvest Academy follows similar beginning and end dates for the school term with MoES.
The academy facilities currently have a capacity for 150 students and will in the short term be expanded to accommodate 200 students. In the meantime, Harvest Academy is planning to acquire land to construct the middle high and high school classes of the academy. There are plans to set up computers in each class room and a science laboratory to aid the children’s research and science projects as they learn.
As required by Ministry of Education and Sports, Harvest Academy is managed by a seven-man school management team. The team is comprised of a chairman, vice chairperson, treasurer, secretary, a member (Representing Shareholders), a member (Representing Parents) and a technical advisory member.