By God’s grace Regents Academy has accomplished much in its short lifespan. A caring, committed faculty and administration serve more than 160 students in grades KPrep through 12 each day, building up families and serving parents in their primary role as those responsible for the education of their children. Just a few of the school’s significant accomplishments include:
The faculty and curriculum of Regents Academy prepares students in remarkable ways both academically and spiritually. Students who have left the halls of Regents Academy have won academic scholarships and gone on to academic success at colleges and universities such as West Point, Baylor, Texas A&M, Belhaven, Stephen F. Austin State, and Washington and Lee. Regents students consistently win academic and essay competitions sponsored by such groups as the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames, Texas Farm Bureau, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Regents students have won acclaim from the College Board’s National Merit Scholarship program, Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, and the National Latin Exam. Regents students have won the Scripps Region 7 Spelling Bee’s team and individual competitions several times in recent years. Additionally, Regents Academy is fully accredited by the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS), a member of TEPSAC (the Texas Private School Accrediting Agency).
Regents Academy has developed a full extracurricular program that accents the school’s rigorous academic training with a number of enriching individual and group activities. Junior high sports include co-ed soccer, boys and girls basketball, co-ed track and field, and co-ed cross country, and are facilitated through participation in the Christian School Athletic Conference (CSAC). High school sports include co-ed soccer, boys and girls basketball, co-ed cross country, and co-ed track and field, which are facilitated through participation in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Regents students also participate in TAPPS speech and academic, art, and music competitions. Regents students and teams have won awards and acclaim in speech and academic competitions, art competitions, and individual and group instrumental and choral competitions. Regents students have won individual and team state championships in speech and academics and in track and field, and have won high honors (including league championships) in basketball, soccer, and cross country. Regents students work very hard, compete with honor, and seek excellence in the application of their gifts.
Regents Academy has achieved excellence in its arts program. The Regents Academy orchestra, choirs, and drama programs provide students with the opportunity to train under outstanding and talented instructors. Each group has demonstrated sustained excellence. In addition, Regents students have won acclaim by being selected for All Region and All State Orchestras. All students participate in art and music classes each week that cultivate their appreciation for what is true and beautiful, and also teaches them to produce beautiful cultural artifacts through artistic and musical expression.
God has blessed Regents Academy with a facility that combines beauty and functionality, providing a superior atmosphere for student learning and activity. Purchased in 2003, the Regents facility underwent a major face lift and expansion in 2009 to include an office suite, library, 11 classrooms, computer lab, science lab, workroom and kitchen, enlarged restrooms, and multi-use great room. The athletic fields provide ample space for soccer and field games, while the impressive playground equipment added in 2010 provides a safe place for grammar school students to play and enjoy recess. An additional building was added in 2015, adding two classrooms, restrooms, and storage space.
Service to the School and Community
Regents students are cultivated to be servants because only by serving can one become a leader and attain true greatness. Begun in 2010, the BIG Serve combines service to the school and to the community in a one-day school wide service project. BIG stands for “Blessed In Giving,” and students truly learn that there is a blessing in giving — a blessing both for oneself and for others. Students serve the school by seeking donors and sponsors for the service project who donate money to the ongoing needs of the school, and students then serve the community through local ministries and agencies such as Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ), campus student ministries, and the Rotary Club. While students rake, pick up trash, paint, and plant, they learn that serving is giving, and it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.
A Loving School Family
Perhaps Regents Academy’s greatest accomplishment is growing together as a loving family. Visitors often remark about how close and loving Regents students and teachers are. Older students hug, chase, tickle, and play with younger students, while younger students look up to older students as adopted big brothers and sisters. Teachers, administrators, and board members show the love of Christ every day as they lead students to live out the riches of the classical Christian heritage — truth, beauty, and goodness.