Educational Institutions

Schaeffer Academy

  • Rochester, MN
  • www.schaefferacademy.org

Mission Statement

Schaeffer Academy's primary purpose is to provide a Christ-centered and classical education which emphasizes academic excellence in liberal arts.

Main Programs

  1. Schaeffer Academy's Annual Fund
  2. Schaeffer Academy's Scholarship Fund
  3. Schaeffer Academy's Debt Reduction Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Schaeffer Academy draws students from the greater Rochester, Minnesota area.  Rochester, a city of 110,000, is a hub for many outlying communities.  Some students commute to our school from a distance of 20-30 miles.   Schaeffer Academy is located in NE Rochester, Minnesota, 55906.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Keith Phillips

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Katherine Schultz

Keywords

Self-reported

School, primary, secondary, K-12

Notes from the Nonprofit

If you are looking for a cause that honors God (we are a Christian school); that serves children (K-12), that provides outstanding educational results through classical instruction, that has a minimal cost of fundraising so your dollars all go to the cause rather than the fundraiser, consider giving to Schaeffer Academy. Thank you.

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EIN

41-1728882

 Number

3514638612

Physical Address

2700 Schaeffer Lane NE

Rochester, MN 55906

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2013-2014 Schaeffer Academy is providing an excellent Christian and classical education to 368 students in grades K-12.  Our test scores and college acceptance record show that we're providing strong academics.   In the current year we're seeking to raise $100,000 for our Scholarship Fund; $158,500 for our Annual Fund, and $500,000 for our Retire the Debt capital campaign.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Schaeffer Academy's Annual Fund

The Annual Fund closes the gap between operating income and expense, and also provides funds for new programs and equipment.  In 2013-2014 there is a deficit of approximately $158,200 (out of a total budget of $2,462,800).

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$158,200.00

Program 2

Schaeffer Academy's Scholarship Fund

Schaeffer Academy's Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to about 12% of our families each year.  In 2013-14 we are providing over $100,000 in financial aid to help keep our students enrolled. In 2014-2015 we hope to increase the number of students assisted by this fund.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$110,000.00

Program 3

Schaeffer Academy's Debt Reduction Fund

Schaeffer Academy's Debt Reduction Fund is a capital campaign planned to eliminate our $3.8 million indebtedness over the next five years.
Without that yearly debt service we will be able to keep tuition increases low, improve teacher pay and benefits, and provide funds for expansion.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$3,800,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. To provide our students with a Christ-centered, classical education which emphasizes academic excellence.
    2. To employ and develop faculty able to teach effectively within a Christian, classical framework, whose lives serve as an example of faith and practice for our students.
    3. To maintain a well-kept, financially stable non-profit organization that is exemplary in its management and finances.
    4. To provide Christian community for our students, faculty and families.
    5. To demonstrate Christian cooperation to our city.
    5. To plan for the future so that Schaeffer Academy will remain philosophically consistent, academically excellent and financially positioned for future stability and growth.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. To provide our students with a Christ-centered classical education which emphasizes academic excellence, we are using the Trivium, a 3 stage philosophy of instruction with medieval roots that dovetails with child developmental theory. We evaluate our effectiveness through nationally normed standardized tests, our 13% rate of National Merit commended, semi-finalist and finalist scholars among our graduates, and our ACT/SAT scores (28.1 and 1870 for the class of 2013).
    2. To employ and develop faculty able to teach effectively within a Christian, classical framework, whose lives serve as an example of faith and practice for our students. We practice extensive teacher training both on and off-site; we require involvement in a local evangelical church, and we conduct formal observations and evaluation prior to renewing contracts each year. Faculty and staff are evaluated by our accreditors, the Association of Christian Classical Schools.
    3. To maintain a well-kept, financially stable non-profit that is exemplary in management and finances. We use an in-house CPA and Board Treasurer to keep our school fiscally on track. Finances are scrutinized by an independent firm (Smith, Shafer & Associates) through a yearly compilation. Our administrative costs are 2.66% of our total.
    4. To provide Christian community for students, faculty and families. We build character in classrooms through study and chapel; through our athletics programs, and through the social opportunities we offer our families like the yearly Gold Ribbon Gala.
    5. To demonstrate Christian cooperation to our city. By remaining an evangelical, non-denominational school, we are independent of any one church. We draw our students from 45 churches and 21 denominations in SE Minnesota, as well as other faith traditions and secular backgrounds.
    6. To plan for the future so that Schaeffer Academy will remain philosophically consistent, academically excellent and financially positioned for future stability and growth. We provide philosophical continuity through our Board structure (5 appointed seats and 3 elected, 3-year seats). We teach the tools of learning through the Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric stages of the Trivium, so that students graduate with the ability to figure out new subjects as well as excel in those they've been taught: mathematics, science, logic, literature, language, Latin, music, history, theology, art. Financial stability comes from practicing careful accounting, good stewardship, and launching a debt elimination capital campaign in 2014.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have the capability to meet our goals, as demonstrated by the track record of our first two decades. Schaeffer Academy launched in 1993 with 68 students in K-6. We will graduate our 195th senior in May, 2014. We are capable of meeting our goals because of the carefully hired and trained faculty (who on average have taught here for 7 years); our stable administration (average tenure 15 years); our Board structure (having appointed and elected seats to ensure philosophical continuity); and our consistent enrollment of 365-370 students.

    In 2 decades we have raised about $4.5 million in donations, acquired a 37 acre campus with a gym, two excellent science labs, a competition soccer field, large classrooms for every grade, and established a yearly auction (the Gold Ribbon Gala) that netted $157,000 in 2013. Donor support comes from a base of several hundred rather than one or two large donors.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Schaeffer Academy draws students from the greater Rochester, Minnesota area.  Rochester, a city of 110,000, is a hub for many outlying communities.  Some students commute to our school from a distance of 20-30 miles.   Schaeffer Academy is located in NE Rochester, Minnesota, 55906.

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Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Christian Schools International

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Operations

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Schaeffer Academy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Keith Phillips

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Katherine Schultz

BIO

Mr. Phillips previously served as Headmaster of a Christian classical school in Kauai.  He started at Schaeffer Academy as Associate Headmaster in 1996 and became Headmaster in 1999.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"A Word from Headmaster Keith Phillips...


Schaeffer Academy is a K-12, independent, Christian, classical school of 370 students in Rochester, Minnesota.  It was founded in 1993, and by God's grace, it has developed into a wonderful school.  For God's glory, we are committed to:
- Provide our students with a Christ-centered, classical education which emphasizes academic excellence
- Employ and develop faculty able to teach effectively within a Christian, classical framework, whose lives serve as an example of faith and practice for our students
- Maintain a well-kept, financially stable non-profit organization that is exemplary in its management and finances
- Provide Christian community for our students, faculty and families
- Demonstrate Christian cooperation to our city
- Plan for the future so that Schaeffer Academy will remain philosophically consistent, academically excellent and financially positioned for future stability and growth. 

At Schaeffer Academy we are endeavoring to teach and live the permanent things:  truth, beauty, and goodness.  Please visit our website at www.schaefferacademy.org(http://www.schaefferacademy.org) for more information."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Andy Vaughan

Mayo Clinic

Term: July 2002 -

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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