About Us

Who we are

We are a group of Mamas, Papas, Little Kids and Big Kids. We are a family school. We care about quality education for our children. Our goal is to develop statesmen who cherish freedom and lead with moral conviction.  Our homeschool philosophy is based on the principles of the book A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille.

FILA offers a great opportunity the share the journey towards becoming great scholars. We read great books, we write fantastic papers, we have amazing discussions, and think for ourselves. We will all stretch and grow – each of us at our own pace.

If you build it, they will come.

Genevieve Allen-Arnold

Founder, Families Inspiring Leaders Academy

I am a passionate teacher who wanted to build a place where  everyone could meet together and we could foster a love of learning.  The idea of FILA came to me as a vision.   In my mind and in my heart, I just knew I could help families continue homeschooling through high school – and we could do it fabulously.     At first, I taught classes everywhere: in living rooms, kitchens, a grange hall, my basement, and even online.  In the process, I found a  community that had the same vision as me, and Families Inspiring Leaders Academy was founded.   It’s been a great ride, and I’m so happy that I listened to the inspiration that I received.  I’ve seen children grow up and head off into the world- prepared with a great education and the desire to continue learning.  It’s all been worth it, and I’m so much the better person for having listened.

Your dreams, our dreams.


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Families Inspiring Leaders Academy

We are a once-a-week school for homeschool families in the Tacoma, Washington area.   We are here to provide families with a quality leadership education.

Benefits of our Commonwealth School

  Our school is a natural extension of the family.  At FILA, everyone shares their skills and passion in mentoring and contributes to the school with their talents.    We foster a God-centered, family-driven, freedom-based education called Leadership Education


Gain meaningful friendships with like-minded families.     Students are inspired, not required to gain a great education.     Expose your children to learning in areas you have not been able to offer yourself.

who can join?

We invite all families to join, regardless of your homeschool method at home – with the understanding that Leadership Education principles will be followed in the school.


We offer challenging Scholar Projects for teens as well as a Junior Program for ages 0-11

Benefits of a Leadership Education