After months of praying, searching, and negotiating, Akili Christian High School now has a building of its own, with plans to start classes there this upcoming July.
The new space is in Franklin University’s Phillips Hall downtown. Akili Principal Ari Adkins says the location is ideal for many reasons, and the building itself is already equipped for classes--desks, chairs, and IT equipment--since it used to serve as Metro High School’s space.
Akili has been holding classes in Harambee Christian School’s building. Ari says having its own space allows Akili to grow and establish an identity for its students. “I think Phillips Hall will help both new and returning Akili students feel like ‘This is OUR school, and we all play a part in building our new community in this building.’”
Akili’s staff searched for months for a suitable location. Ari says they toured many buildings but all of them needed major renovations, were too far away, or were too expensive. “No building matched everything we needed, and it felt like looking for a needle in a haystack in a bigger haystack.”
Ari says she and a few others committed to praying that Akili would find a building before January 1st of this year and “we toured Phillips Hall on December 31st. God really stretched our faith again!”