Magnolia Bend Academy (MBA), formally known as Catfish Bend Academy, is opening new doors of educating students in the area. MBA is a homeschool service that helps families homeschool their children. Students receive instruction two or three days a week depending on what the parents choose. Then, students complete work at home with full access to their teachers via email or phone. During those two or three days, all students are instructed by highly qualified, certified, instructors who hold Graduate level degrees.
A state approved high school diploma is issued once course work is completed. Dual Enrollment courses are offered through Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University of Shreveport starting the second semester of the Sophomore year. With this, students who are Dual enrolled often complete 30 college hours, which means they enter college as a Sophomore totally skipping the Freshmen year of college. MBA offers a college or a technical college track for the high school students. It is a TOPS qualified home school program, so students who graduate from the school are eligible for the state TOPS program, which pays tuition for the first 4 years of college. MBA offers a graduation ceremony, ring ceremony, 8th grade graduation, and prom each year.
New changes to the program include an addition of grades 3rd – 6th for the 2020-2021 school year, with plans to be PreK-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.
MBA is excited to announce the addition of two new highly qualified teachers that will be joining MBA. Kendria Sanders brings 33 years of experience with 25 of those in the classroom and 8 as principal. She is lifetime certified Kindergarten through eighth grade. She holds a Master’s Degree in Language Arts and will be instructing grades 3rd-6th.
Dr. Michael Land has 30 years of teaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level. Previously, he taught at Northwestern State University in the Biology department, and he holds a PhD from LSU in Food Microbiology. He will be instructing High School Algebra I and II, Environmental Science, Chemistry, and Biology.
Other staff members include Crystal Cummins, who is the founder of the homeschool co-op, has 14 years of teaching experience and is certified in Grades 1-8, Special Education, Gifted Education, English, and History. She will be instructing grades 7-12 in History, English, Geometry, Math, and electives. Also at MBA is Jennifer Freeman, assistant for grades 7-8; Racquel Settle, assistant for grades 9-12; and Nora Townsend, assistant for grades 1– 6.
There is no common core at Magnolia Bend Academy. A Biblical based curriculum is used throughout all the subjects. Students are instructed using ABeka, Answers in Genesis, and Shurley Grammar. The IOWA test is a standardized test that is offered to each student but is not required. The IOWA test is a national standard test that shows if the student is below, on, or above grade level. “We are here to teach the kids, not teach the test.”