In the Spring of 2007, three mothers, women with experience in Christian education, began meeting to discuss the prospects of starting a new Christian school in Alamogordo and the Tularosa Basin; a school decidedly different than what was available at the time, that was non-denominational, and board governed. It was their desire to found a school that partnered with parents to provide a rigorous education that was grounded in a Biblical worldview, leading students to an understanding of what they believed, why they believed it, and how to defend their faith.
As a result of countless hours of research they came to believe that classical Christian education was just the model of education for which they were searching. It was method of education that was experiencing a resurgence in America, that had great success, and that had been passed down through history from the ancient world to the early 1900’s in America. The decision to adopt the classical Christian model was followed by many months of public meetings; a trip to Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, where a classical Christian school had been successfully in place for many years; and countless hours of board meetings to develop and create everything from the school name and crest, to policy manuals and curriculum.
With the generous donation of classroom space by First Baptist Church, Imago Dei Academy opened its doors in the Fall of 2008 with 16 students in grades K-5 through 7. The board committed to adding a grade a year until the school offered a full K-12 program with the first graduating class in 2012. The school has grown from those humble beginnings to over 120 students enrolled for the 2016-2017 school year. We have been continually blessed with quality faculty and families dedicated to Christian, classical education. IDA is known locally and statewide for its quality music and drama programs. We have an active Parent Teacher Support Group and recently implemented a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) committee tasked with expanding our program offerings and securing highly qualified faculty in the STEM fields.
With continued growth has come the need for additional classroom space. In the Spring of 2016, the IDA Board of Directors purchased a modular classroom unit containing enough space for 5 classrooms, as well as locker and office space. With the help of many volunteers, the classroom space will be ready for occupancy during the 2016-2017 school year, housing classes primarily for rhetoric school students. The board of directors is currently developing a long-range plan that will move the IDA campus to an independent school site by 2021.
IDA is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools and is a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools.