Our Educational Philosophy
We are excited and enthusiastic about learning and about sharing that excitement with children and young adults. Our educational philosophy is built on Biblical principles and years of experience:
What Makes Living Science Academy Unique?
Besides the STEM focus and educational philosophy above, Living Science Academy has some emphases and traditions that really set us apart.
As an approach to education, STEM emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math in a practical, interdisciplinary approach. Students see the connections among the disciplines as they try them out, learning which tools to use when, and developing the strong problem-solving skills they need for their futures.
At Living Science Academy, STEM students have many opportunities for this kind of interdisciplinary learning. They may experiment with different designs for a toothpick bridge, refine an early engineering concept into a full-fledged invention, design and build a Rube Goldberg device, calculate a Shannon Wiener index to understand species diversity, and much more. In the years when Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) was giving awards for STEM programs, our middle school program was a multi-year award finalist, and our high school was a TAG STEM award finalist in 2017. In 2016, a team of students from our high school Engineering class placed second in the high school division of the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE).
The story of Living Science Academy begins with our founders, Lance and Penney Davis. Born and raised in southern Africa, both Mr. and Mrs. Davis taught in the public school system in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) until receiving a call from God to move to the United States for further training. After graduating from Bible college in Maryland, they served as missionaries in Zimbabwe for four years. On their return to the U.S., they eventually moved to the Atlanta area for a business opportunity in 1993, and Mrs. Davis took a position as a science teacher at a private Christian school.
In 1996, several homeschooling moms asked Mrs. Davis to teach their children science. Upon prayerful consideration, she agreed, and Living Science Academy was born as a science class of twenty students in the basement of the Davis home. Through word of mouth, the program grew, developing discipleship and leadership training as well as unique traditions stemming from the Davises’ Anglo-African background.
In 2004, by God’s provision through generous contributions of many families, Living Science Academy moved to its current location on a beautiful five-acre campus. The school has continued to grow and now serves more than 200 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.