At the end of 2013, Laurel's founder, Alfrieda Baldwin, retired after practicing law for 32 years. Starting a school was not on her "Bucket List," but God had other plans. Spending time volunteering in various classrooms led her to reflect on the outstanding, life-changing education she received at the Lutheran elementary school she attended from grades 4th through 8th. She became curious about educational philosophies, curriculum, and pedagogy. Research led her to discover Charlotte Mason, Marva Collins, and E.D. Hirsch.
She came to believe there was a need in the Twin Cities for more Christian educational options. She wanted to establish a school that was accessible to families from all income levels. Her dream included offering a knowledge-rich curriculum delivered using the best instructional method for each subject. Above all, her vision was to create an educational setting filled with the fruit of the Spirit. The school would foster a love for learning, give children the chance to work and play alongside students who reflect the ethnic variety of the Twin Cities and expose children to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23