What is University-Model®?
When considering a homeschooling model, parents often face these common challenges that University®-Model Education seeks to overcome:
- Overwhelming curriculum choices
- Lesson plan burden
- Concerns for social interaction
- Feelings and questions of inadequacy
- Lack of group instruction
Benefits of a University-Model® Education
Certified University-Model® Schools (UMS) combine the attributes of homeschooling with a traditional Christian education, while maintaining the focus on the individual student, ensuring that he/she is being challenged in every subject area, versus, what often times happens in traditional environments, where students merely are exposed to whatever is deemed grade level, regardless of their individual ability. UMS helps Paratus families overcome potential concerns about homeschooling by ensuring that qualified educators prepare lesson plans for each semester, each quarter, each week, and for every day of instruction. Paratus faculty develop the lessons plans for both school days and satellite days. Paratus students benefit from a traditional private school setting, because it preserves classroom etiquette, which our teachers and parents expect from our students. In return, our students benefit from small class sizes, which affords our students the highest attention while they learn, which combined with one-on-one satellite instructions almost certainly results in accelerated learning. Many co-ops and home school groups have put together variations of this model, some called collaborative, hybrid, university style, etc. However, in 2003 NAUMS (The National Association of University-Model® Schools) validated this by developing formal standards for a certification process for qualifying programs. Paratus received its certification by NAUMS in 2015.
On Campus Days vs. Satellite Days
Our students attend On-campus classes two to three days a week with their peers like in most University systems, and are filled with structure, organization, and rigor. The remaining 2-3 days, students study in satellite locations such as their home, labs, and other remote learning environments. These days are referred to as "satellite days". Parents and tutors provide the oversight and supervision on satellite days to ensure students keep up with their academic regiment. Satellite days often result in shorter days because students are not distracted by the necessary interruptions found in the classroom environment. All testing and assessments are handled on campus by the Paratus faculty. In 2003, The National Association of University-Model® Schools (NAUMS) began certifying programs from school who qualified and met the standards of excellence put forth by the NAUMS.