The principal goal of the University-Model® educational system is to provide families with a quality and cost-effective college-preparatory education alternative for their children. The approach to education affords parents more time for instilling and imparting faith-centric values into the development and training of their child. The ultimate goal is to produce competent and wholesome men, and women with character who might, in turn, further the lives of future Christians through their positive contributes and influence.
There are other great schools which may adopt an alternative time schedule describes in many ways such as, "University style, hybrid, co-op, or collaborative", and/or adopt a classical curriculum, not all schools are, in fact, accredited and/or certified. Paratus Classical Academy™ is the only Certified and Accredited University-Model® Classical School in Houston.
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Our worldview informs and guides our thought process and what we hold out to be meaningful and of value. It is a "lens," a set of presuppositions, and a framework for reality itself. Complex questions like: "Is there a God?," "who am I,?" or "What is the nature of the Universe?" can be, and are in fact, answered by our worldview. Our worldview will guide our appreciation for the various spheres of life. Decisions about Art, music, the media we watch (or not), our family views, and how we interact with others are all guided and informed by our world. For this reason, it is important to be purposeful about the worldview we pass along to our students, our children.
We live in a time where many have abandoned their theistic foundations. As a result, many humanistic worldviews have backfilled the meaning void, and the results have been catastrophic for the family unit, and ultimately for society at large. The University-Model® education can help turn the tied, by helping students distinguish between humanistic and theistic ideas. A Christian worldview and education provide an intellectual foundation to make a stand against the variety of humanistic philosophies which we see today.
Students in the University-Model® learn to make decisions based on a Biblical worldview. These decisions are anchored in the person of Jesus Christ and God's Word. Students learn to discern from contemporary worldviews and are also able to defend their faith through clear thinking, logic, and compassion.
Paratus Classical Academy integrates a Christian worldview into the context of each subject. The character teachings that begin at home are reinforced and furthered by the school on campus days. The University-Model® offers a rigorous college-prep education which is second to none. The University-Model® has been validated by through public and private testings and by the success rate of college admissions. It is no wonder, and it comes at no surprise that the number of University-Model® schools continues to grow year over year. University-Model® Schools International (UMSI) is an international family of schools who together teach from the same philosophical and theological perspective.
At its core, a classical education is interested in shaping the soul and the hearts of children. In a classical education, the transmitting of skills falls second to teaching students how to be life learners and teaching students how to view the world around them. A classical education develops a mature, thoughtful, and fruitful person. The desire of a University-Model® school is to develop strong leaders, strong readers, who do well in school and ultimately do well as adults both at home and in the workplace. Classical educators help students cultivate wisdom and virtues as their primary goal. Classical educators make the most of the humanities, timeless works of history, poetry, literature, and languages to help teach wisdom and virtue to students in the University-Model®.
The early Greeks first developed classical education. But it came to fruition in the Christian Church. For this reason, to speak of a Christian education is also to speak of a classical education. A Christian or Classical education is more than only a stance of intellectual ideas; it also involves the entire person's body, soul, and mind.
A University-Model® education combines the best attributes of homeschooling with the best characteristics of a traditional schooling experience and integrates these best practices into one education model. Parents and faculty form a partnership and work towards the mutual goal of producing individuals with high character and faith-based values which are competent and able contributors to society.
The University-Model® is a five-day a week academic program. Students spend 2-3 days on campus and 2-3 days in their “satellite classroom” at home. Both classrooms are under the supervision of a professional educator. At the center of the University-Model® concept and much of the reason for its success is a biblically-based, parent-guided, and teacher-directed academic environment.
Professional educators partner with parents in the University-Model® educational process. As a requirement, parents are required to provide and share in the oversight of their children and their class work on satellite days. Parents also provide tutoring and enrichment activities to their children. In a University-Model® school, parents are life learners and life teachers of their children. In the elementary years, parents are the private tutors of their children. In the Junior high years, parents are the guide. And parents monitor courses in the senior high years.
A key goal for the University-Model® is to prepare students into becoming academically and spiritually independent. For this reason, the model helps students make the transition from home to school. For this reason, younger students typically spend two days on campus and the remaining days at home in their satellite classroom. As children mature, the opposite is true. Students in middle school spend three days on campus and two days working from home. Upperclassmen then transition to a college-simulated school environment ahead of their college years. The net result is that upperclassmen experience 60-minute classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while undergoing 90-minute classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In all University-Model® upper classes, teachers are directly responsible for the direct instruction to students. Faculty also provide constant feedback to students and their parents related to the progress and develop a students character traits and academic achievements.