Chestnut Academy

Patti Hunt, founder and director of Fayetteville’s Chestnut Ridge Academy, is happy to speak to parents who are curious about the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling their child or children. Her office is open year round.

Five years ago, Patti Hunt, founder and director of Fayetteville’s Chestnut Ridge Academy, a homeschool umbrella program, had a total of 25 students enrolled. Since then, Hunts said the program has experienced explosive growth, currently with a whopping 625 students.

“It used to be the homeschooling community grew 2%-3% per year. After COVID-19, it’s 10%-20% growth,” Hunt explained. Last year, 60 high school students graduated from the program and Hunt said she expects about the same number this year.