Video Transcript

Pamela Dollins:
Classical education is taught chronologically, so students learn history from the ancient era, on to the Middle Ages, into the early modern era and up through the modern age. As they learn the history timeline pegs, now they learn that chronologically, they also get to learn the art that goes along with those ages. They also get to see the history and see the different timeline as it progresses and as it unfolds and develops. They also get to the see the music, so they get to look how music developed and how instruments developed from the ancient era all the way up until now it’s changed into the modern age and how music still is impacted by our society. 

My favorite part is they get to see the literature and poetry. They get to look at the different works of literature and poetry and how it was impacted by the history of the time, how it was impacted by the art and see all of those things fused together and integrated as it moves from the early ages all the way up until contemporary times and how those, pieces all fit together. Instead of seeing each of those pieces of that puzzle in isolation and not understanding how they’re impacted by the subjects it integrates all the way through.  

Daniel Blair:      
I like to think that the kids who are in the logic and rhetoric phase of school, they’re already getting syllabi, so it gives them a chance to see how a college would function. Some of the courses happen only on Monday and Tuesday, as you may see in a college setting or on a block schedule setting. I feel, or I believe that the students are being equipped properly. One thing I enjoy about teaching in this model is that it is a very hands-on approach. I’m a big stickler for giving kids ownership, helping them to develop leadership skills that they can take to college and from college transition into the real world. 

Angel Uribe:    
The fact that students in this model, they move at their own pace and they’re not stuck. If you need to move on, to move further in your studies, but if you can’t, or you’re struggling in a certain subject, or you just need to slow it down, you can do that too. That’s wonderful because it caters to the capabilities of the student. 

Daniel Blair:      
I think with the students; they have the opportunity to build very authentic relationships with their peers. 

Laura Hearn:
Paratus is student-driven because it gives a lot of opportunities for students to lead. Then, within the house systems, they have different roles and responsibilities for leadership. There’s a Chaplin, there’s a prayer person, there’s a treasurer, secretary, just like you would, but within each house. Then they rotate that on an annual basis. 

My favorite part about the style at Ace [ph] is how much time you get to spend with your family. In a normal five day setting, you don’t get to see your siblings very much. It’s just really fun because you get to do your work and you can see what your siblings are doing and how you relate to them, and you can see them with their work. It’s just really fun to get to spend a lot of time with your family. 

Brandon Elam:
What I like about the University Model, is I think it gives you the best of both worlds. I think it gives you the structure and schedule of a classroom environment with really great teachers. But then it also gives you the flexibility at home for self-study and discovery. What I like about that is, as a father, I can be part of that discovery, I can be part of that teaching and not just the guy that comes home from work and does homework with the kids. 

Laura Hearn:
What we love most about University Style education is spending time with our kids. When I first started the model with my son, it was very challenging for him to see me as his teacher and not just as his mom. I know that the internet has become very powerful and it’s a great tool, but we love that they see us as their advisor, and as one of the sources of truth outside of the Bible. That is probably, without a doubt, be for us the best advantage, is just the time spent with our children and how they view us. 

Stephanie Elam:
I, for one, was not trained as a teacher and was overwhelmed when we first chose to do this. I thought I don’t know that I’m equipped to be able to teach my children a large part of their schooling. But Paratus has made that very seamless. They have a lot of parent/teacher training opportunities that have been. Also, they’ve made it obvious that if we’re struggling with something, that we can simply contact the office and set up individual training. They’ve walked hand-in-hand and made it very easy. 

John Hearn:
The opportunity for students to be involved in athletics with their classmates and to try to figure that out. There’s healthy competition; there’s obviously a lot of teachable moments that come on the athletic field and for them to do that with friends that they go to school with, was an important factor for me. 

Stephanie Elam:
It’s awesome to see them serving Christ and doing so with a joyful heart, but it’s also a lot of fun. They divided up into houses, so our kids want to be there, they want to be a part of it, and I think are leaning at a young age what a joy it is to serve Christ and serve others. We’ve also really enjoyed the language and cultural emergence, just the opportunity to get to understand that not everybody’s culture works the same way we do. To get to see glimpses into that has been a huge joy for us to see.

Hola, me llamo Jenna. 

Nĭ hăo, wŏ de mingzğ shì Halle.

My favorite foreign language is Latin. It’s a dead language, but it’s also a language that many languages are built off of. 

Pamela Dollins:
Classical Greek and Latin are really important for students to study because it helps them to build their verbal skills, it helps them to develop the skills that they need to do well on the SAT and the ACT. Also, in Latin, the syntax and grammar that was used to develop Latin are what helps them to understand the way that the English language is spoken and written. So, it helps them as they break down those words and they add those prefixes and suffixes. 

John Hearn:
The Paratus community of families, they are all invested, and they’re committed to a model, and therefore you have a common bond when it comes to relating to parents and the setup, the University model provides. I feel like parents are committed to making sure that their kids are getting a Christian education and that they are seeing God throughout all of the subjects they are taught.
Brandon Elam:
I think Paratus has a strong community of families, lots of involvement from the moms and the dads. That was important to Stephanie and me when we made this decision, and we were looking at other options. We felt the community here was strong. 

Robert Hurley:
We want the kids to associate joy and freedom with Christ and the Church and the school. We know that joy comes from serving others. 

Pamela Dollins:
The students as they grow in classical education can understand the Word of God. As a teacher, I love to watch how they’re able to devise and develop their understanding of God’s world and how to see his world through the lens of scripture. 

Video Credits

Pamela Dollins, Head of School
Daniel Blair, Teacher
Angel Uribe, Spanish Teacher
Laura Hearn, Parent
Halle, Student
Brandon Elam, Parent
Stephanie Elam, Parent
John Hearn, Parent
Jenna, Student
Robert Hurley, Dean of Family Ministry