Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep School and Kolbe Home School and Online Academy have sustained significant damage in the earthquake that struck just outside of Napa, Calif., early Sunday morning. The two institutions remain closed while cleanup efforts proceed.
According to its website, Kolbe Academy began in order to “form young Catholic citizens who could effectively defend their Faith through a thorough understanding of doctrine and regular reception of the Sacraments” and to provide “individualized and intensive instruction in basic education.” It later developed the Home School for those who could not commute. Kolbe describes its education as “Ignatian in method, classical in content and loyal to the Magisterium.”
The Academy’s first news release after the devastating earthquake said that its local office in Napa, especially its book department, is in shambles. “Shelves are twisted, and books are scattered everywhere.” It is asking anyone available to help clean up and to support in any way possible. The Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep campus also sustained damage, and the members of both communities face the added difficulty of losses to their personal homes as well.
Kolbe Academy was founded in 1980, while Trinity Education Center, Inc., started in 1991 as a home school. According to the Academy, in 2008, both schools “recognize[ed] the strength of the schools’ common bonds [and] the two schools united to form Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep.”
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