Genesis Schools – Your Child’s Partner in Learning from 18 Months to 18 Years

Published on 1 August 2017 in Business
Marcy Sanford (author)

Marcy Sanford

Genesis Preparatory School Boys’ Basketball Team during game

Genesis Preparatory School Boys’ Basketball Team during game

The Genesis Schools have many points of pride. One hundred percent of their graduating seniors go to college, many with academic scholarships and earned college credit. The school is accredited by FCIS – one of the most rigorous school accreditation associations in the U.S. In every grade, Genesis students are academically two grades ahead of their peers at other schools. Their girls’ basketball team won its conference championship for the 6th year in a row. One of their students went to the International Science Fair recently. Throughout the school you see evidence of students’ love of learning. But one of the things Head of School Dr. Melissa Nurrenbrock is most proud of is a bulletin board outside her office filled with pictures of families. “These are photos of former students who graduated from Genesis and are now bringing their children here for school,” she explains. To Dr. Nurrenbrock the fact that alumni are excited to bring their own children to Genesis School is a sure sign of lessons well taught.


“My children attend Genesis Schools because of my experience attending Genesis myself as a child,” said Mrs. Christine Tury.  “The teachers are outstanding. The parents are a wonderful group of people and very involved in all the school functions.  I have 3 sons there who I couldn't imagine attending anywhere else.”


This year, Genesis Schools will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1977 as a preschool, soon after the school expanded to include an elementary school and a second location. In 1993 Genesis Preparatory School was founded to include middle and high school students and in 2003 Longleaf Learning Center became part of the Genesis family.


The Genesis preschool curriculum is based on the developmental needs of young children and includes instruction in academic readiness skills, phonics, art, music, physical education, and creative experiences. Students are taught in a nurturing environment that also provides positive character education. The caring and patient staff knows how to turn everyday happenings in the life of young children into teachable moments. Parents of students entering preschool or Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) are encouraged to visit the preschools in January so they can get on the waiting list for open enrollment in March.


At every grade level, the teachers at Genesis Schools work hard to promote a love of learning and offer special activities and events throughout the year to get kids excited about the material they are learning. One annual event that everyone looks forward to is George Washington Day where children dress up in colonial dress, get to taste Washington’s favorite lemonade recipe, learn his favorite dance – the Virginia Reel – and visit a replica of a Colonial street where they can visit stations to practice calligraphy, make corn husk dolls, learn about history, and more. “When we visited Washington, D.C. this year, the guides were really impressed with our kids’ history knowledge,” said Jackie Maness. “When you have fun events like George Washington Day, the kids really remember what they’ve learned and are engaged and excited. Our teachers and administration are always coming up with new and fun ideas to enhance our students’ learning.”


“Opal is in 6th Grade at Genesis Prep, and she started Pre-K at Genesis West campus when she was 3 years old,” said the Barile Family. “We chose Genesis because of its long-standing, excellent reputation in the community. We absolutely fell in love with Genesis and all it had to offer its students. We are very thankful, appreciative and delighted that Genesis has been a part of our family now for 8 1/2 years. Genesis has helped to shape Opal into an independent and well-rounded person. We treasure the time we have had at such a wonderful school and are looking forward to the rest of her secondary school years with Genesis.”


The Genesis Schools’ curriculum is steeped in traditional learning with an emphasis on the skills students need for success, along with the development of good work habits and strong character. Reading features a strong phonics-based program with an emphasis on developing reading skills, comprehension and vocabulary. Language Arts includes English, spelling, handwriting, and composition. The curriculum also includes math, science, geography, and history with special electives in arts, physical education, music, library/technology, and Spanish. With netbooks and tablets in the classrooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab, technology is emphasized throughout the curriculum.


In addition to strong academics, Genesis Schools prepare students to become leaders. “Many of our students go to the Honors College at their university,” said Dr. Nurrenbrock. “We encourage our students to participate in athletics and extracurricular clubs while they are here. Because they have experience with these activities, they realize when they get to college that they have the leadership skills needed to run a club or group, and because they have been leaders at Genesis they have the confidence to start new clubs if they don’t find what they are looking for. Kids leave Genesis Preparatory School very well-rounded, outspoken, and ready to become leaders in college.”


Genesis Prep has small class sizes, offers daily tutorials at no charge and their rigorous academic program includes honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, and dual enrollment at three local colleges.


Whether your child is 18 months old or ready to start high school, the Genesis family of Schools can meet your family’s needs.


Preschool and Elementary School:  Visit Longleaf Learning Center at 3035 Alachua Place, New Port Richey, 727-375-2664, or view the website for more information.


Genesis Schools’ East Campus is located at 8100 Mitchell Ranch Road, New Port Richey; call 727-372-9333. The West Campus is located at 6609 River Road, New Port Richey, and can be reached at 727-845-1111; please log on to for more information on Genesis Schools’ East and West Campuses.


Middle and High School:  Genesis Preparatory School is located at 7710 Osteen Road in New Port Richey and can be reached at 727-846-8407 or visit for information.

You can also follow the Genesis family of schools on Facebook.


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