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Where We Came From & Why We Are Here


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HERITAGE

    Craig and Mary Kessler, the Co-Founders and owners of Beehive LDS Schooling, LLC., come by their educational vocation quite naturally. Both were raised in homes which emphasized getting a GOOD, and sound education. Craig's mother was a theater coach, a grandfather a math and science teacher, a grandmother a high school social science teacher, and a principal. Mary's mother was a children's librarian, and a grandmother was a one-room school teacher. Of Craig's and Mary's generation, 11 of 23 are teachers. Craig began as an Industrial Arts teacher, then worked with educable mentally-retarded, and finally as a science-German-history and government teacher at Beehive. Mary began as a home schooling Mom in 1982 and advanced to teaching English, math, music, and religion at Beehive. The tradition continues as their daughters have taught preschool, seminary, and secondary social science, and a granddaughter teaches math at BYU.

WHY BEEHIVE?

    The Kesslers' inspiration to start Beehive was one of their sons, who one day, after trying the public system, told them: "If I am going to get a good education, it is going to have to be at home." Thinking that there were others in the same situation as their son, the Kesslers founded Sunrise High Academy in 1997, which evolved into Beehive Academy for K through 6th and Beehive Preparatory for 7th through 12th. Their goal was to provide a more uplifting environment and better academics than available elsewhere.

HISTORY

    Beehive Schools began with just ONE student, the Kesslers' son, in the office of their mail order home school supply, Sunrise Education Station. That first year, the school extended its offerings to include middle school and gradually grew to include eleven students. Eventually, it occupied an 1800 square foot facility with multiple classrooms and added an elementary. At its height, the school included several classrooms, a computer area, library area, kitchen, theater-performance area and an office. It boasted forty students and eleven faculty members, - eight of whom were part-time. The school offered the basics, plus religion and seminary courses, computers, choir, band, orchestra, theater, art, French, German, Spanish, sewing, gardening, P.E., and study skills; assemblies, service projects, work projects (fundraising opportunities), socials, parties and dances; a monthly newsletter, "THE BuZZ", an annual literary and arts magazine, "The Honeypot", and a yearbook, "The Hive". In the early 2000's, the name was changed to Beehive Academy and Preparatory School, to better reflect its purpose, and it began to be promoted as an LDS-based private school. It continued on until 2009 when the Great Recession hit, and the Builder-Real Estate Agent- Mortgage Broker parents could no longer afford the private school tuition. Craig, "Mr. K" as his students affectionately called him, retired from the school to persue other endeavors. Mary, "Mrs. K.", kept going with the few remaining students, until graduating the last student in May, 2011. Since then, it has been a dream to someday resurrect the school, either in brick and mortar fashion or as an online school over the internet, or both. The online school is now a reality.

WHY ONLINE?

    Over the years, Mrs. K. became the Curriculum Director for the school. In the spring of 2009, she decided that she wanted to test the curriculum. The results were phenomenal: the elementary class scored an average of the 98th percentile in reading, and the 92nd percentile in math. "If the curriculum is that good," she thought, "We've got to get it out there." So began the quest to put the Beehive Curriculum on line.

THE VISION

    The vision has always been a curricula and school based on the words of modern prophets, modern educational research, and traditional wisdom, gleaning the best "Out of the Best Books", and learning not only by study, but also by faith. The goal has always been to help develop Zion-worthy individuals, stalwart in their faith, grounded in the practical, and educated in a manner that expands and refines the intellect. As expressed by President David O. McKay, Prophet and reknowned LDS educator:
        "True education awakens a desire to conserve health by keeping the body clean and undefiled.
        True education trains in self-denial and self-mastery. True education regulates the temper,
        subdues passion, and makes obedience to social laws and moral order a guiding principle of life.
        It develops reason and inculcates faith in the living God as the eternal, loving Father of all."

CURRENTLY

    Beehive exists to help parents provide their students with a rigorous, raising-the-bar, LDS-based education that builds character and testimonoy. In the Fall of 2017, Mrs. K added an Early Childhood Education division, based on modern educational research. Beehive now covers from before birth through beginning higher education. The school has taken the form of this site: www.beehiveschools.com, which currently offers parents and students the Beehive Curriculum for Ages 0-18, the online Beehive Academy for students 3-11, and the online Beehive Preparatory for students 12-18.

    Mr. & Mrs. K. reside in St. George, Utah, and very much enjoy each other's companionship and that of their family. They busy themselves with part-time employment, church service, gardening, and running Beehive Academy & Preparatory School.

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