In 1998 Rev. Larry A. Rascoe and several community leaders with support from Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church and funding from St. Mary’s Medical Center started Joshua Academy. The goal was to provide a creative, quality, educational model that was sensitive to the unique needs of students deemed to be “at-risk” that resided in the central- city of Evansville, IN. A commissioned study revealed that students who resided in the central-city of Evansville measured below their peers on every standardized test evaluated. Central-city students also were found to have higher rates of truancy and discipline issues. Moreover, the study suggested that the expectation level of staff was lower for these children and there was a direct correlation between success and family income levels.
Joshua Academy opened as a private faith-based school with 65 students. Today it is composed of three not-for-profit entities (Joshua Academy Educational Enterprises); a private faith-based preschool, a public K-6 charter school, and in the Fall of 2014 a 7th/8th public charter school teaching farm. We currently host an enrollment of 335 students (70 in the preschool and 265 in the K-6 charter school).
Joshua Academy empowers, educates, and transforms students. At Joshua Academy we use a unique, challenging, culturally-based program that creates confidence, promotes lifelong learning and eliminates achievement gaps. We have a 15-year history of continual institutional growth, and proven, measurable academic results. Our existence means a stronger, safer, and more competitive community positioned for future growth.
"I began my teaching career with a desire to make a difference in the lives of children – hoping to change the world.Or, perhaps to change the little bit of it that I touched.Over the years, I have learned that by inspiring children to ‘be the change’ with simple actions and individual accountability for issues such as bullying; respect and tolerance; environmental awareness; and animal rights, they will help make the world a better place...one step at a time!"
The educational philosophy of Joshua Academy is based on the assumption that every child can learn if given high expectations and the tools needed to be successful. This philosophy belongs to world renowned educator Marva Collins. All Joshua Academy entities embrace her philosophy and use her methodologies.