Cheerful Heart Academy

A Non-Traditional Private School

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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22



It is our belief that children need to have a cheerful heart in order to be able to receive knowledge and instruction. When their spirit is crushed, they are not interested in the world around them. Take the time to find something to laugh about with your student everyday. Foster a cheerful heart in your student and you will find that they will soar.



I posted the below message in the week before Irma hit our beloved SW Florida area. To update, Irma came ashore on September 10th, 2017 for her second time in Florida at Marco Island.  Please see my Blog Post for the details of how we fared. 

Cheerful Heart Academy is still in business. Please remember that this is a one woman show and that woman still homeschools her own child and has a family - I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. If I don't get back to you within two weeks after you've contacted me, (unless it's an emergency) please try again. Some of our services are still not working properly here and it's very possible that I may have just not seen or heard your message. 

Again, thank you all for your patience - and please keep praying for all of us in the state of Florida. Many of us have a long road of recovery ahead of us. 

~Lynda Rowley, Owner/Administrator of CHA

Cheerful Heart Academy is in the current 'cone of uncertainty' of Hurricane Irma. The physical location of the school records is located in Naples, Florida, which is on the Southwest coast of the peninsula. All records have been backed up on a computer, an external hard drive, and a USB memory stick and will be taken with the owner if evacuation occurs. 

If you are trying to reach CHA, or have been trying to reach CHA over the past few days, we have been in hurricane preparation mode. Please understand that it may be next week before I'm able to get back to you, but I will get to every email and phone call at some point within the next two weeks. If you have contacted CHA via phone or email and have not heard from Lynda at CHA by September 21st, please contact again.

Thank you all for your patience.

Please pray with me for protection for all of us in the state of Florida. 

~Lynda Rowley, Owner/Administrator of CHA



Cheerful Heart Academy is a non-traditional private school serving as an umbrella for home educated students in the state of Florida.

Cheerful Heart Academy is registered with the Florida Department of Education as a private non-public school. (FLDOE #5844)  Our purpose is to provide parents with the structured organization and accountability of a school while they enjoy the benefits of teaching at home. We hope to help many parents with this responsibility of giving their children a superior education.

Cheerful Heart Academy does not provide transcripts, grades, curriculum, or testing at this time.

Annual enrollment fees are $25 for the first student; $15 for each sibling.

Enrollment is accepted year round.

Cheerful Heart Academy is affiliated with Florida Virtual School. Cheerful Heart Academy students in the middle and high school grades can take up to 6 virtual classes through Florida Virtual School. FLVS is working on making elementary grade classes available to private school students, but they are not available at this time. (This does not mean that your student is automatically enrolled in FLVS, only that they have the option to enroll in their FLEX program if they wish.)

Cheerful Heart Academy does not require standardized testing, but does suggest that our students use some form of yearly evaluation. We also highly recommend that you keep a portfolio of your student's work and activities.


Cheerful Heart Academy

581 18th ST SE

Naples, FL 34117

(239) 300-6167

Fax: 239-300-6167 (This is the same as my regular phone number. If I pick up the phone and realize it is a fax, I will immediately hang up. Please call right back and I will let it ring through to the fax machine.)



Cheerful Heart Academy is excited to share that we now have a Pinterest Account and we are adding new things to boards weekly (sometimes daily)!