About Sonshine Academy

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Our Definition

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n 1. a place of wonder, inspiration, joy, and boundless energy; a place to tumble, flip, swing, leap, jump, a place to cheer your heart out, dance for joy, celebrate your birthday, learn to swim; a place to laugh, work, love, play, and have fun with family and friends; a place to discover and develop your God-given talents and be fully alive for the glory of God; a place to SHINE.

Helping Children Shine in Every Class

Sonshine Academy is an activity and performing arts center that provides instruction to children (and those that are young at heart) in:

Teaching kids to move with confidence.

Aspiring to inspire a lifelong love and appreciation of dance.

Uniting fun and fitness with acrobatics and flipping.

An awesome combination of obstacle course training, ninja skills, gymnastics, and tumbling.

Helping athletes perform at an elite level.

Having fun while learning to swim!

In addition, we offer birthday parties, group events, after-school care, camps, summer day camps, and much more.

Our Mission

Our mission for Sonshine Academy, since 1991, has always been to provide quality instruction in gymnastics, dance, cheer, and related activities in a fun, safe, and wholesome environment.

We believe children can experience their “specialness” and their “uniqueness” as a priceless creation of God through learning athletic and artistic skills in a positive, encouraging environment. We strive to develop and inspire character qualities such as respect, hard work, confidence, discipline, perseverance, and sportsmanship. In short, our goal is to cooperate with parents to develop their child’s “ability to shine.”

The foundation for our motivation and our name are intertwined.  We spell “Sonshine” with an “o” because we desire to glorify and thank God by naming this business in honor of His son, Jesus. The name “Sonshine Academy” links this desire with His command to let your light shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father (Mt. 5:16).

Our Policies

We believe that we offer the finest children’s programming and facilities in Central Arkansas. That is why we are happy to offer the following guarantee: If, after your child’s first month of classes, you are not satisfied for any reason, we will cheerfully refund 100% of your tuition for the entire first month.

When you enroll more than one immediate family member at the same time, only the most expensive tuition in your family pays full fare; all lesser tuitions are discounted by $5.

Tuition is due on or before the 23rd of each month and goes toward the next month. You may pay your tuition online in your Customer Portal.

You must pay tuition by the 23rd to continue taking classes the following month. If you fail to pay tuition by then (and we have not received word that the student is dropping the class), there will be a $7 billing fee on the account.

A full month of tuition is due, even on months with holidays. There are no tuition transfers from one month to the next, no refunds, credits, or reductions for missed classes.

Just like college, your tuition pays for a class spot, regardless of attendance. However, as a courtesy, Sonshine Academy offers make-up classes. If you wish to make up a class, check your Customer Portal for availability or call our office to schedule the class, day, and time.

Our Leaders

Scott Wright

Owner & CEO

Elsie Rose Wright

Owner & CFO

Eric Marsh

Business Manager

Bubba Corbitt

General Manager, Boys Gymnastics Director &
T&T Director

Marsha Jones

Office Manager

Deeadra Johnson

Marketing Director

Melanie Spradlin

Kidcare Director

David Hall

Mother's Day Out Director & Shine Cafe

Tasha Foster

Preschool Director

Trish Guinn

Preschool Director

Nick Suggs

Ninja & Link Fitness Director

Rebekah Thomas

Girls Gymnastics Director

Toya McLeod

All Star Director

Antonio Anderson

All Star & Tumbling Director

Haley Fields

Dance Artistic Director

Taylor Cunningham

Dance Administrative Director

What Our Families Say

Helping Children Discover & Develop Their Talents Since 1991

We Would Love To Work With Your Child

Sonshine Academy is open for classes and ready to develop your child’s ability to shine!