Welcome to Paratus Classical Academy!
Founded in 2012, Paratus is a College-Prepatory, Certified University-Model®, classical school that combines accountability with leadership. We expose our students to both the rigor of a classroom learning environment and the benefits of one-on-one satellite instruction. A benefit afforded by a University-Model® education is an opportunity to spend more time focused on your students individual development.
High parental involvement is at the core of our objectives. It ensures that students benefit from their parent's influence and knowledge during their formative years. Paratus parents are not on the sidelines, they are at the center of their child's education.
At Paratus Classical Academy, we integrate Biblical principles into every subject taught, in addition to daily Inductive Bible Study. Biblical teachings are reinforced weekly through Chapel and put into practice through community service and evangelical outreach projects from Pre-K forward.
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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. 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.