History of Shumway
Charles Shumway was enthusiast for education. He and his family moved from Sturbridge, Massachusetts out West. His family lived in Illinois where they met the missionaries and were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. Along with so many others, they were persecuted for their religious beliefs and moved further west. Along their travels, they met with Joseph Smith Jr. and Brigham Young. Charles Shumway was a devoted man who Brigham Young sent on missions. On one of these missions, Charles settled in Shumway, Arizona where he opened the Shumway School.
LaVyrle Jones, a descendant of Charles Shumway, has a strong passion for educating children. She started teaching children out of her home 1996. In 2001, with the help of her sister Delores, Shumway Academy was founded as a non-profit school. It has gone through many changes over the years, but the emphasis has always been on providing an excellent education for our children.
- All children have gifts, talents, innate creativity, and leadership abilities that need to be developed, practiced, and shared.
- Teachers and parents collaborate at every level, showing respect for each student's and family's educational perspectives, beliefs, and values.
- Students, teachers, and parents are dedicated to principles of integrity, honesty, and excellence.
- Shumway Academy encourages discovery through and integrated approach that uses literature to introduce children to history, art, music, science, and math.