Kempton New Church School

A Brief History of the Kempton New Church School:

In 1979 a number of the members of the New Church congregation in Kempton decided they wanted their children to have a New Church education. Under the Rev. Arne Bau-Madsen, they formed a school with ten students, Grades 1-4, in one classroom in a local church. One of the parents, Yorvar Synnestvedt, an educator, became the head teacher, and the others joined in and taught alongside him, helping where they could. The next year, a member gave a barn to the society, which parents converted into classrooms. The following year they hired another teacher.

As time went on more parents became interested, more grades and classrooms were added, and more teachers were hired. Ten years later there were over sixty students from kindergarten to tenth grade, seven full-time teachers, plus a principal and a secretary. With the gift of a second (connected) barn, the whole plant underwent further conversions, accomplished partly by the parents themselves, to become a very nice school and a church. A third barn became an unheated gym.