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Derek West, Principal

What Life Academy Stands For

Education is the channel which God uses to bring His people to a clearer understanding of life.


Life Academy is dedicated to a full education for all children, including the commandments of faith, the statutes of truth, and the judgments of God.

Teaching is training. Training for life must include training for eternity.


A Christian school is an extension of the Christian home in training young people in a Christian environment for time and eternity. The school staff works closely with parents to train the whole child. We intend not only to love your children, but also to discipline them should the need arise. We need the full cooperation and support of parents as we attempt together to produce Christ-like character in our youth.


The goal of Life Academy is to train Christian youth of every ability in the highest principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship.


Life Academy stands for the Holy Gospel and the highest standards of morality and Christian behavior. We intend to incorporate the Bible, the Holy Word of God, in all of our teachings. We will endeavor to present to our students the basic concepts of life on the foundation of Scriptural truth.

About Life Academy

Life Academy has been serving the Grand Valley since 1980.

We have a Board of Directors made up of Life Academy parents, teachers, and Life Tabernacle church members.
We have an active Parent's Activating Life Academy (PALS) group to help fellow parents, students and teachers of Life Academy for enrichment.

Life Academy strives for the highest standards of safety for the students and teachers. Our doors are securely locked at 8 am every day. To gain secure access, you must contact the office administration for entrance.

Once inside Life Academy, all visitors must sign in and wear the visible Visitors badge at all times. 

Life Academy has standard emergency preparedness plans in place for the safety of the students and teachers. We also believe in the power of prayer and the Lord's full blessing and protection over our students and staff.



Meet Our Teachers

Tina Alba

1st Grade

Grace Squires

4th Grade

Mark Jones

2nd Grade

Aiden Paul

5th Grade

Reece Peters

3rd Grade

Robert Sanders

6th Grade

Instruct. Inspire. Impact.

Welcome to Life Academy

Welcome to an inside look at Life Academy, one of the leading educational venues in Mesa County, Colorado.


Our K-12 institution has been serving the families of the Grand Valley since 1980 through quality college preparation and career training, team sports and inclusive electives such as public speaking, art and drama.


Our goal is to educate and train Christian youth of every unique ability in the highest principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship.  


We also strive to provide an environment in which students feel they belong to something bigger than themselves and envision a journey by which they can grow both individually and as a team.


Life Academy is passionate about teaching children in the Grand Valley the joy of learning and discovering the unique gifts that God has placed inside each one of us.


We work as partners with parents in cultivating and developing young people in line with the sage advice of consistently training children in the way they should go, so when they enter the world on their own, they will continue in sound precepts (Proverbs 22:6).

To learn more about Life Academy, visit Our School section to see our Mission and Vision statements.  They’re the nexus of why we exist and do what we do.

Life Academy

School Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

636 29 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Phone: 970-462-7900


Principal's Welcome


Welcome to our community.  At Life Academy we are continuing to build and expand an environment of exceptional instruction where students are inspired to develop their God-given talents and are equipped to overcome life’s challenges.  We do this so that they use their ingenuity, creativity and critical thinking skills to positively impact the world around them.


We’re educating young people for eternity by partnering with parents, as well as the area’s churches and faith-based networks, exemplifying the team approach to reaching life’s most important goals.  After all, our children are our most precious and vital investments – they’ve been entrusted to our care in helping them hone their skills and interests in the pursuit of their Divine purposes in life.


Life is much more than just understanding the Pythagorean theorem or Pompey’s exploits, and a holistic education is knowing how these pieces of the puzzle fit into the larger mosaic of each child’s existence.


So I encourage you to join us on this journey of “whole person” development.  Life Academy is a place where you and your children will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to flourish and reach heavenward, for we know through both science and spirituality that the sky is no longer the limit.

Derek West, Principal

About Life Academy

A quality and holistic education is the pathway to a clearer understanding of life.


Teaching is training. Training for life must include training for eternity – the bigger picture that government schools are no longer allowed to provide.

While a premier education is our aim, developing Christian character and integrity, and instilling a strong sense of civic and social responsibility align most with our ethos.


Life Academy is based upon and operates from the timeless principles of the Bible.  We strive to emulate the highest standards of morality and behavior, traits that top employers and spouses will look for later in life.

Our Mission: to inspire and equip children of Christian parents to impact the world with Christ’s transforming power and love


Our Motto: Instruct, Inspire, Impact

We have an Advisory Committee composed of Life Academy parents, faculty and Life Tabernacle church members.

Meet Our Teachers

Derek West

Principal / High School Teacher

Vanessa Hutchison

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Ryan Cramer

7th-12th English and

Math Teacher

Holly Rentie

K4 and K5 Teacher

Victoria Claydon

5th & 6th Grade Teacher

Bob Thomas

7th-12th History,

Civil Air Patrol

Back to Basics Teacher

Rabecca Beason

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Nyta Elliott

7th - 9th ELA and Algebra 


Colorful Books
Alba West

7th-12th Spanish and

3rd-6th Art Teacher

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Lori Mattox

Volleyball Coach

Kelsi Huskey

Art and Mass Media Teacher

Verena Lyon


Donna Riga

Volunteer Office Staff

Rowena Trumbo


Laurie Wilcox

Volleyball Coach

Rebecca West


Colorful Books


Nondiscriminatory Statement

Life Academy admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, athletic, arts or other school administered programs.

Life Academy is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization. Any donations made to the school are tax deductible. 

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