The Daniel Academy is a private Christian school in Kansas City, Missouri, established in 2007 and serving students in preschool through 12th grade. We meet in classrooms with instructors 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday) and then students work at home with parents on Fridays. Our vision is to raise up students who want to go into the world and bring the Lord’s heart and ways to all arenas, just as Daniel in the Bible did. We train our students in both spiritual and academic excellence and prepare to launch them to impact the world, using their gifts to serve others wherever they go.
The Daniel Academy partners with families in the education process, allowing parents to directly participate at the school with their children. We currently serve 130 families with over 230 students.
Our School Emphases:
Joining the Global Prayer Movement – We believe our students are called to a deep walk with the Lord, focusing on prayer and hearing Him. As the Lord establishes a prayer movement around the world, we want to fully partner with expressions of prayer in Kansas City. Our families and staff commit to 2 hours per week in corporate prayer in places like the International House of Prayer (IHOP-KC), Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Navah Church KC, Create Church KC, Radiant Church KC, Team Xtreme, and prayer events at your home church. Our students also pray at school, starting our days with morning assemblies with our students leading in corporate worship, prayer and adoration. We break mid-day for intercession prayer on current events or issues in the world and then end our days with prayers of thanksgiving. We have seen over the years how much these times have impacted the students’ hearts.
Christian Reformers – We have been privileged to interact with a number of great men and women of God and allow our students to glean from their teaching and experiences. People such as Rick Santorum, Loren Cunningham, Peter Xu, George Verwer, Steve Douglas and Father Anton from India have visited our school to speak to and pray over our students. We have also had local city leaders including senators, doctors, businessmen, pastors and other professionals speak to our students about how to bring impact wherever the Lord sends them. We know this generation of youth is called to great things and we focus on helping them discover their gifts, talents and callings. We pray and counsel one-on-one with all our seniors, helping them map out their next steps.
Leadership in the “7 Mountains” preparation – We know today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders in the mountains of influence. We encourage our students to try new things in order to learn how to lead and discover their giftings. In addition to our classes, we also offer drama, sports, clubs, and other activities. Our school is like a greenhouse, where students feel safe and loved and are able to grow in leadership and wisdom in the areas they are called to. We have opportunities for our students to lead in worship, student government, drama productions, sports, art and science. We have had the opportunity to offer classes that will give our students a taste of future areas of study including entrepreneurialism, music production, film production, web design, novel writing, international relations and foreign policies and more.
Family Partnership Private School Model –
We have a unique model of partnership with our parents at TDA. We know that parents have the first responsibility before the Lord in training their children. We want to support our parents in this role both academically and also spiritually and emotionally.
We have a 4-day classroom schooling model with the 5th day at home with the parents. Students learn and practice new concepts in the classroom Mondays – Thursdays, and then work on homework and other projects at home on Fridays. This gives parents a chance to be a part of what their child is learning without carrying the full weight of instruction. This also gives more time for our families to do extra-curricular activities that are very important in the growth of students.
Our parents also serve on-site at school each week in our classrooms. This gives our parents the ability to be a part of our daily school routine and the opportunity to meet their children’s friends and other parents. It provides a special opportunity for building community together. (We also have options for parents who both work full-time.)
Lauren Fraser grew up in the mountains in the scientific community of Los Alamos, New Mexico. She followed her father’s footsteps into mechanical engineering, graduating from the University of Kansas. Upon graduation she worked at Westinghouse in Silicon Valley in CA on the Trident II submarine missile launch tubes. During a church plant there, she met her husband and they began a life of ministry, business and raising a family. Lauren has always been passionate about education and helping children love learning and love life. She home-schooled their 4 children, helping start a thriving co-op in Johnson County. In 2007 she helped found The Daniel Academy where the Lord supernaturally gave His vision for training up today’s leaders in all aspects of life. She relaxes by hanging out with her children and grandchildren, hiking and biking, and praying!
Stephanie is TDA’s Vice Principal, overseeing student affairs, tuition and enrollment. Stephanie holds a BS in Accounting from Colorado Christian University, where she graduated with honors. She held a variety of accounting positions for a number of companies including property management, physical therapy and patient financing. She and her husband Mike, helped launch TDA in 2007 and have 6 children who currently attend TDA.
Dean of Elementary
Laura Edmondson is an ordained minister who contends for the manifest presence of the Lord in every area of ministry. She has spent 12 years ministering to children, parents and church leaders who have a heart for children. Her practical experience includes being a children’s pastor in a local church, running evangelistic outreaches in inner city apartment complexes, establishing children’s churches in a trailer community, hosting nights of worship with children and youth, mentoring young mothers, and ministering to children and leaders from indigenous people groups in Mexico, Mozambique, and New Zealand during short term missions’ trips.
Laura has been blessed to witness the manifest presence of God encounter children with many giving their lives to Jesus, getting baptized in the Holy Spirit, prophesying, and falling in love with God. Laura carries a special heart for the Malachi 4 vision to see the hearts of the fathers turned to the children and the hearts of the children turned to the fathers.
Laura has experience in the nonprofit/public sector, working on project management, leadership training, staffing, fundraising, public speaking, collaborating, managing non-profits and establishing new programs. Laura also has experience serving in the local church, being a stay-at-home parent and homeschooler, and teaching in a private Christian school. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, and a Certificate of Biblical Studies at Christ for all Nations Institute. She is currently the Dean of Elementary at the Daniel Academy after having taught a variety classes in Elementary through High School.