Six families decided to begin a classical Christian school in the Nacogdoches area. Randy Booth, pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, agreed to help form the board and lead the group. Later that year the founding families, along with a few other families, formed a home school co-op.
Regents Academy began with fourteen students, holding classes for grades K-5 plus selected upper-level home school classes at Liberty Assembly of God on North Street in Nacogdoches. In August 2003 Regents Academy purchased facilities on three acres at 200 NE Stallings Drive, formerly the Happy Trails Day Care Center, and in September Regents started holding classes at the new facility with thirty-four students in grades K-10.
Regents Academy purchased seven additional acres and began work on its athletic fields. Adding 11th grade in 2004 with fifty students and 12th grade in 2005 with sixty-five students, Regents Academy held its first-ever commencement ceremony with four graduates in May 2006. Mrs. MaryAnn Bentley became the school administrator in 2006 after a career in teaching and school administration in the public education system. In January 2009 Regents Academy completed a major building project that dramatically transformed its facility, adding a new facade, and updating and remodeling the main hallway. Also, a building addition nearly doubled the size of the facility, providing much needed classroom space, a computer lab, a science lab, and a multi-use great room. After finishing the 2009-2010 school year with 106 students and five graduates, Mrs. Bentley passed the mantle of leadership to Mr. David Bryant, who became headmaster while Mrs. Bentley became the school’s first-ever director of college placement. In June 2010 Regents Academy installed a new playground, with a large piece of equipment for the 1st through 6th grade students and a smaller, more appropriately sized piece of equipment for the KPrep and kindergarten students.
Regents Academy continued to grow and enlarge its presence and influence in the community. The school added classroom space in 2015 for the 5th and 6th grades and mobile computer labs in 2017. Also, the school offered more sports for high school students (golf), added new extracurricular options (Key Club, 4-H, House System), and included signature field trips for each grade level.
2020 and Beyond
Regents Academy welcomed a new headmaster, Dr. Preston Atwood, in June of 2020, as the Lord called David Bryant to move his family to Georgia. In the summer of 2021, the school added another portable for 3rd and 4th grades, freeing up some space for anticipated growth.
In February of 2021 the school launched the Eagle Campaign to add a new athletic center, parking lot and driveway, and five more brick-and-mortar classrooms, and to renovate the main facility’s exterior and facade. To support this effort, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church deeded 1.5 acres north of the school’s property to build the athletic center and parking lot. The church also leased several more acres for the installation of a regulation-size soccer field.
In the 2022-2023 school year Regents launched several strategic initiatives in the upper school, including an international senior trip, more dual credit opportunities for high school students, more House opportunities, and the change to a block schedule.
Currently, Regents has 178 students and 37 staff members and is initiating the construction on the new athletic center, parking lot, and driveway.
The Regents Academy family praises and thanks God for His faithfulness. We look forward with excitement to what God will do in the days ahead as we trust Him and seek to educate children for Christ through the riches of classical Christian education!