SAGINAW, Mich. — Sandra Gonzales received so many requests to teach children in her Saginaw home that she and her husband decided to open a small, private school,  according to The Saginaw News.

The New Millenium Center, a faith-based nondenominational school, is entering its second year of operation with 43 students, The News reported. Gonzales, 53, and her husband home-schooled their own daughter, now 27, but when Gonzales offered to home-school other children last year on a donation basis, the demand was too high to accommodate, she told The News.

“I couldn’t put 14 kids in my living room — there was no way,” Gonzales told The News.

New Millenium is located in a former Catholic school in Saginaw; it currently has 10 teachers and much of the learning is done with computers, according to The News. The school is faith-based, but there is no formal religious instruction, Gonzales said, according to The News.

The small class size allows for more one-on-one attention, parents and students told The News. Tuition is $150 per month per student, according to The News.


The Saginaw News, “Enrollment growing at New Millennium Center as it moves into former St. Andrew school in Saginaw,” Aug. 12, 2011


Michigan Education Report, “Cristo Rey: A new option in Catholic education,” June 16, 2008