Our Story of God’s Providence & Provision
Providence Academy opened its doors in August 1993, representing the concerted efforts and convictions of primarily 7 families. After researching the Classical Christian Education method, it became their goal to provide high-quality Christian education in Northeast Wisconsin.
These families, including Andrew Kern (an early leader in the Classical Christian movement and now president of the CiRCE Institute), were Providence Academy’s first and founding steering committee. Providence quickly became a charter member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) and regularly attends the annual ACCS conferences.
- 1993 – Providence Academy began with 18 students in rented facilities at the Moravian Church on Green Bay’s west side, and has been steadily growing since.
- 2005 – Preschool program added and overall school enrollment eclipsed 40.
- 2007 – Moved into the vacant former St. Jude’s school facility at 1420 Division Street on the west side of Green Bay, laying the groundwork for additional growth.
- 2014 – Opened a second location at the vacant Annunciation school facility at 1087 Kellogg Street to house the Upper School, with overall enrollment surpassing 115.
Through many challenges over its 30-year history and by the grace of God, Providence Academy continues to grow, doubling over the last 10 years to around 150 students today.
What Do the Next 30 Years Look Like?
In late 2021, Providence Academy will open the doors of a new 51,000-square-foot campus on 40 acres of land off Highway 29 and Old Shawano Avenue in Howard, with the Phase 1 building creating the opportunity to increase enrollment to 300.
As more families become convicted of the necessity and advantages of a classical, Christ-centered education, we pray for a successful capital campaign to provide a more beautifully spacious and cohesive new building for our growing study body.
The new campus will provide more room and reach, updated technology, expanded extracurricular options, and a more unified community presence for many years to come.
Meaning of Providence Crest, Mascot, & Colors
The Providence Academy crest is the sword and shield of a Paladin — a holy knight who stood for Veritas et Virtus (truth and virtue). All that is true and virtuous is embodied by Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The shield harmonizes the head of a lion and a lamb, representing Jesus as the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God. In Christ, we receive not what we deserve, but what his sacrificial love and grace provides: royal status (purple, 1 Peter 2:9) and an eternal inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (gold, 1 Peter 1:4).
The sword forms a cross, for that is where power and humility, justice and grace, truth and virtue meet.
Non nobis Domine, (Not unto us,)
Domine, (O Lord,)
Non nobis Domine, (Not unto us,)
Sed nomine, sed nomine, (but unto Thy name)
Tuo da gloriam. (Give glory.)
We are grateful for God’s providential grace throughout our history, and we’re even more excited for what He has in store for the future — especially if He may be calling your family to join and/or donate to our growing school. As you prayerfully consider, come for a visit!