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The Reinhard Family: Our CA Story

July 19, 2020
By Concordia Academy

Because she is an alumna and her parents are longtime supporters, Concordia Academy was already on Jennifer Reinhard's radar when she and her husband Scott began looking for a high school for their oldest son, Benjamin. But those connections didn't necessarily make CA a shoo-in. As she explains below, discovering how the school she already loved had grown and developed over the years made it clear that Concordia Academy was the right place for her children.

When did you first explore CA as an option for your family?  
When it was time for us to choose a high school for our oldest son, we spent time visiting a number of private and charter high schools in person and also had Benjamin shadow at each school. Concordia Academy was one of our choices, not only because of my past affiliation but also because of its current reputation. We believed CA was a good fit for him, but we also wanted to make sure he felt a connection, too.

What led your family to Concordia Academy?  
Concordia brings together a lot of the experiences that you wish for your children as they learn, form friendships, and develop their faith. The combination of a small, caring atmosphere along with rigorous academics and competitive athletic programs were important. We also knew CA was a community, led and supported by people of strong faith.

What made you decide to send your children to CA?
We have always said that we would choose a school based on what we thought was best for each child. Our daughter Katherine had the opportunity to play on the CA high school softball team as an 8th grader and was incredibly blessed by the opportunity in ways far beyond what we could have anticipated. She was so excited to attend CA this year, and we have seen her blossom in her faith and friendships. Our 7th grader is already excited about coming to CA; he decided to play BEAMS (middle school) basketball last winter as a way to meet and connect with other prospective students. He had a wonderful experience with that group of boys, and the alumni coaches were excellent ambassadors for the school and role models for the kids.

What has been the biggest blessing about CA?  From the beginning, it was obvious this school is a community of Christian staff and teachers who care about my children not only as students with a responsibility to learn but also as individuals who have unique and special talents. When Benjamin fractured his skull in 10th grade, he received personal and heartfelt notes from some teachers, a reminder about how much they cared for him during a particularly difficult time. There were so many staff members and teachers who were paying special attention to him in his time of need.

What has been a surprise about CA? While it has always been a Christian school, there is a renewed fire for Christ throughout the CA staff and student body that is inspiring. The CA community puts Christ at the center of their lives, and many are living boldly in and out of school. The chapels have definitely changed since I was a student!

How have your children been impacted by CA?  Concordia Academy has a unique ability to combine learning and faith, where students can challenge, ask questions, and grow as individuals as well as a community of believers. We have seen each of our children develop a strong sense of who they are and mature in their faith. That reinforced confidence is less about what they know and more about their relationship with Jesus. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about CA?  It is so easy to have trust and confidence in the staff and administration, for so many reasons. They pray about decisions before acting. They demonstrate a genuine love for Christ, for one another and for their students. They have a strong and vibrant culture that balances learning, fun, and a deeper relationship with God. CA has built on its reputation for excellence by continually improving, staying relevant, and making the school a place where students thrive.

#OurCAStory lets families describe, in their own words, how they discovered Concordia Academy and the way the school has impacted their lives. If you’re just discovering Concordia Academy, click here to watch a virtual tour, or connect with our admissions office to schedule an in-person tour or get more information. We’d love to help you create your own CA story!