The Journal Gazette
Sunday, June 09, 2019 1:00 am

Ex-Horizon chief opening school

Abraham Prep schedule to open on Coliseum

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A co-founder of underperforming private school Horizon Christian Academy is working to open a new school this fall.

Tammy Henline – who is no longer affiliated with Horizon – is co-founder of Abraham Preparatory Academy, which has adopted the motto “The Difference Maker.” The academy is seeking teacher applications, according to its social media posts.

The school is planning a “large, public registration soon,” Henline said in an email last week.

She did not immediately respond to email and voicemail requests seeking further comment.

Abraham Prep's website offers few details about the school but describes it as private- and Christian-centered. Recent posts on Facebook and LinkedIn indicate it will serve grades K-12 and offer small class sizes.

“Our academically challenging program addresses different learning styles and multiple intelligences while fostering critical thinking and developing problem solving skills,” according to one Facebook post. “Our scholars acquire cognitive skills while learning to take risks, work cooperatively and make sound choices.”

Abraham Prep's address is listed as 2208 Coliseum Blvd. N., home of Statewood Baptist Church. Henline served as secretary for the church in the 2000s, public records show.

Neither Henline nor fellow co-founder Stacee Lang has an Indiana teaching license, according to the state's educator license lookup.

The school does not need clearance from the state to open, said Adam Baker, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Education.

However, if Abraham Prep would want to accept vouchers, it would need to become accredited, Baker said.

“Schools can go to the state board and get immediately accredited, or they can do a seeking accreditation year with us,” he said by email.

Horizon, Henline's former school, relied heavily on the state's voucher system. The school received $2.4 million in taxpayer funds to educate 433 students in 2016-17; $1.38 million for 245 students in 2017-18; and nearly $880,000 for 153 students in 2018-19.

The Indiana State Board of Education decided last summer that Horizon couldn't accept new state-paid voucher students after three consecutive years of D or F letter grades.

Horizon is not on the state's list of participating voucher schools for the 2019-20 academic year.

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