What is a University-Model School®?

A University-Model School® (UMS) 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 UMS 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. 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.

University Model Schools International (UMSI)

Providence Preparatory Academy is a member of the University Model Schools International (UMSI, formerly known as the National Association of Univeristy Model Schools). UMSI was established in July of 2002 for the purpose of implementing new schools and supporting existing ones. Its mission is to share the vision of the UMS with Christian families around the world. The vision of the University-Model School® is to strengthen America's families and values by helping parents prepare college-worthy, character witnesses of Christ for the next generation. To assure the public the quality it is entitled to when it encounters a University-Model School®, the name was trademarked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2003. Only schools that are members of UMSI can use the trademark and call themselves “University-Model Schools®.” UMSI., corporately accredited by AdvancED, holds member schools accountable for providing quality instructional programs through UMS Certification and AdvancED Accreditation. Only official University-Model Schools® that are certified members of UMSI are entitled to this endorsement and credibility.

For more information, please visit the UMSI website at www.umsi.org.