What is a University-Model® school?
A University-Model® school (UM) is the solution for many parents seeking an educational alternative for their children. This model of education takes the best attributes of home schooling and combines them with the best attributes of traditional, Christian education. In so doing, the University-Model® school preserves and maintains the God-ordained family relationship, while offering students the opportunity to achieve a high degree of academic excellence.
The immediate goal of the UM is quality, cost-effective, college-preparatory education accomplished in a way that gives parents more time for imparting the faith and values they hold precious. The ultimate goal is that of producing wholesome, competent men and women of character who make a positive difference for Christ in the next generation.
In most University-Model® schools, elementary students attend school (central classroom) two days a week and are in their home (satellite classroom) three days a week. In some schools, elementary students are in the satellite classroom three days a week. Beginning with middle school or junior high (sixth or seventh grade), students attend school three days a week and are in their home two days a week. While in the satellite classroom, elementary and middle school students follow teacher-designed assignment sheets under the direct supervision of their parents. By the junior and senior years, students should follow a university-style schedule, attending school whenever classes are offered any given day of the week. Following this schedule will provide upper classmen the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities or part-time jobs. This type of schedule will also eliminate the adjustment to college. Secondary students are responsible for accomplishing teacher-designed, out-of-class assignments on their own time, under the counsel and supervision of parents. This methodology provides excellent preparation for college. (Taken from the NAUMS website)
What Makes Providence Academy a unique University-Model® school?
· K4-5th grades meet Monday/Wednesday from 8:30am-2:30pm
· 6th-8th grades meet Monday/Wednesday/Friday
· Elementary students are required to take a full course load in a self-contained classroom
· Middle school students elect individual courses
· K4-5th grade students participate in specials (PE, Art & Spanish)
· Low student/teacher ratio