"CPRS was a huge influence in my life. I came from a public school into it, and it was night and day. The spirit the school carries is unparalleled, and the education
that I received gave me a
drastic advantage in
"The people and influence of CPRS came into my life at an opportune time. Finding my middle school self in an environment where I was encouraged with others my age to have daily prayer, testimony, and classes about what God is doing was invaluable to my spiritual growth. It encouraged me to seek out the faith of my parents at a time when I had almost given up on it. Because of the extraordinary response God gave me then, I was not and will never be the same. These experiences have instilled in me an unquenchable passion for others to experience that same joy that has guided my life decisions to this day."
"I found at CPRS, I was continually surrounded by teachers who had high expectations and hopes for me to follow the example of Christ. They shared words of encouragement, testimonies, and were faithful to pray for us when we expressed specific needs. Religion class and Girls' Chapel especially helped teach us practical
ways the scriptures could be applied to our lives and it was there that I developed a love for reading and studying the Word."
"CPRS provided a positive environment for me to grow physically, mentally, and most importantly spiritually. The classes and teachers prepared me
for my college courses, especially in
science. With athletics, plays and
clubs I became well-rounded in
preparation for college life."
"One of the best things about CPRS is the fact that the teachers are there solely because they want you to succeed. The teachers make sacrifices in order to make the students' lives better. It was always great to have teachers that would go out of their
way to personally help me when
I needed it, whether it was
academic related or not."
"The summer before I was to begin eighth grade, my parents asked if I wanted to attend this new Restoration school called Center Place Restoration School. I really was not interested in attending CPRS, but my younger sister was excited to attend.
During my eighth grade year of school, I thought I had my life pretty well planned. I was set to attend Truman High School where I was going to play volleyball, play my flute in the band/orchestra, sing in the choir, and take as many dual credit classes as I could. After high school, I knew I wanted to become a high school English teacher. None of these items were a question for me.
All school year I heard my sister come home from school excitedly telling about a chapel, retelling an amazing testimony, or sharing about God working in some
awesome way. I couldn’t help but
want to be part of those things,
too, but the fact still remained that
CPRS didn’t have many of the
“extras” that I thought were
important. The summer before
I was to begin high school, I
attended several church camps
where lots of kids were talking
about CPRS. Many people asked
if I was going to come to school there. I was still hesitant. The rest of the summer I spent a great deal of time making a pros and cons list for attending CPRS. My family and I prayed about the decision often. I really struggled with the decision. At the last possible moment, just days before I would start high school, I decided to step out in faith and attend CPRS.
I cannot imagine my life without CPRS. The classes I had at CPRS completely prepared me for life and college—from writing essays, to reading a broad range of literature, to basic accounting skills, to having a great understanding of chemistry, to being more than equipped for college Spanish. But beyond all these educational blessings, I gained so much in my spiritual life. The religion classes are something I will always remember—I have so many notes in my scriptures and insights gained while studying the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. Every day we had a guest share in chapel or we had prayers—these were moments of great spiritual uplift. We had the opportunity to fast once a week during lunch. The Spirit of God was strong when we met to worship and learn.
The school hymn was sung in reverence as we each felt the truth and sincerity of the words—it was our desire.
While I had my long list of things I thought were important for high school, I gained so much more than I could have ever imagined. I learned to stand for righteousness and truth. I learned to turn to God in every moment. I will always be thankful to God for nudging me to attend CPRS."
"Looking back at my years at CPRS, they are all positive memories. I feel CPRS helped shape me into who I am today. I started at CPRS in kindergarten and left after my 1st grade year, but then returned for my 8th grade year and stayed and graduated from CPRS in 2008. There are many ways the Lord worked in my life through my school years, one being that He opened the door to return to CPRS. But when I think on what made CPRS so meaningful to me, and where I think God created a lasting impact on my life, is through the friendships I created at CPRS. There were many friendships from CPRS and those people are still strong and present in my life today. I feel it’s a rarity when you have friends that you were able to grow with not only physically, but spiritually, and because of that, those same people are still in my life. We are still able to worship together and continue our spiritual walk together because of that strong friendship developed during my elementary and high school years. Through CPRS, God has blessed my with amazing friends and some are even family now, that continually keep me rooted in serving our God."
"How do you eloquently put into words what it's like to experience the reality of life that is CPRS? How do you explain to someone what it feels like to go to school with the Spirit of God every single day? Or what it feels like to have teachers that care so much more about you than they do themselves? To have faculty that is actively serving God on a daily basis, just by being here? How do you show someone the strength of the friendships that are made here? And better yet, friendships that continue to grow stronger. We picked each other up when we were down. We prayed for each other. This school was an
essential support system, and I know none of us will
ever forget the love and compassion
that filled these hallways."
"CPRS has been a big blessing in my life. I have learned so much here -- not only textbook knowledge, but life knowledge. I have learned how to live my life in a way that would be pleasing to the Lord. I have learned habits that will affect every part of my life for the rest of my life. Because we prayed before every class, I learned to pray before everything I do.
Being a part of CPRS afforded me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people who have been so influential in my life. So many sacrifice to give every student the best education possible.
As graduates of CPRS, we can go forward with confidence that we have been prepared, both academically and spiritually. Though we will experience failures, what matters is how we rely on the Lord to help us get through. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint."