If you look at my blog labels, or follow me in any social media, you will see me mention "Clapham Academy" when I talk about homeschooling. In case you are wondering "What in the world is Clapham Academy?" this post is for you. If you aren't wondering that...I don't blame you!
In the lovely state of North Carolina, you have to register your homeschool academy, basically declaring to the world and the Department for Non Public Education that your children are not truant but you are attempting to school them at home. You fill out a simple form, give your school a name, and agree to a couple of requirements (attendance and yearly standardized tests).
The school name was the hardest thing to determine. If you do not choose a name, you become ______ (Last name) Academy. As terrific as Finn Academy sounds, Nathan and I wanted something else. We discussed names multiple times. Seriously, I think we had a harder time with this name than picking our children's names! British names just seemed to work best for us, so we talked about different British historical figures or places that were significant, particularly to Nathan's interests (Baptists).
Nathan suggested Clapham, we mulled it over briefly and decided that it worked. So Clapham Academy it is! Right now, Clapham is part of London, but it once was an area outside of London where William Wilberforce and his friends resided. They became known as the Clapham Society or the Clapham Sect, and the 'members' of this society are most known for ending slavery in England.
Nathan recently wrote about the Clapham Society at Canon and Culture. Here is an excerpt from his article:
Read the entire article here. The Finn family is excited to share in the legacy of William Wilberforce and his friends by naming our school after those great reformers. We pray that our children will be great crusaders for the gospel and champions for the needy.