Frequently Asked Questions

  Frequently Asked Questions  
General Questions
    What is a Classical Christian Education?
  • For a discussion of classical christian education, please see our Classical Christian Education page.
    How does Providence differ from a homeschooling co-op?
  • Providence is a private, tuition-funded Christian school with paid professional educators who will be prayerfully screened and selected by our directors. As a University Model School, all children who enroll will be required to attend the full schedule of classes, two days per week in the Grammar Stage (elementary school) and three days per week in the Logic and Rhetoric Stages (middle and high school). Parents who have been homeschooling will no longer register with the state as a homeschool. Unlike a co-op, parents will not be asked to teach or devote a certain number of hours in the classroom in exchange for the right to attend. Since our students, in the grammar stage, are at school two full days a week (as opposed to one morning a week) our teachers have the opportunity to thoroughly teach each subject and expand on the lessons being taught, in addition to providing memory work as a tool for learning.


    Teachers will provide parents lesson plans for the days of off-campus instruction allowing them to focus on mentoring and discipling their children. Providence will also employ placement screening, which will allow students to move up or down a grade in certain courses as needed (particularly in mathematics). In addition to courses typically found in a co-op (Math, grammar, history, Latin, etc), Providence will also provide professional instruction in Greek (5th - 8th grade), Bible, music, art and PE. As the school grows, more courses and more electives will be added to the curriculum.

    What is the student/teacher ratio be?
  • At Providence our elementary grades will have no more than 15 students per class in order to provide for more effective teaching and thus better use of classroom time.
    Is Providence planning to offer more grades?
  • Yes! We plan to add one grade per year until we reach the 12th grade.
    My wife and I both work full-time outside our home. Would Providence be a good fit for us?
  • One of the most important ingredients in the success of the University Model is an available parent who can properly work with the student. For a family in which both parents work outside the home on a full-time basis, a more traditional 35-40 hours/week school is likely the better choice.
    I have children in several different grade levels. How much time will each need to spend doing schoolwork on their days at home?
  • The general rule of thumb is that for every hour spent in class at school, the student will need to spend an additional hour on that subject in the “satellite classroom” at home on their home school days. At Providence, we actually expect this to be far less at the grammar level, but this will differ for each family and child. If a student is academically strong in a particular area, perhaps less time will be needed. If a student is weak in a subject or the subject is particularly challenging, then more time will be needed.
    What days of the week will my children be in school at Providence and in the satellite classroom at home?
  • Students will attend classes at Providence on Tuesdays and Thursdays and be “in school” at home on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Critically important to understand is that on days that the students are not on campus, they are still “in school” under the tutelage and supervision of a parent. Students are responsible to complete all assigned work by their next “on campus” school day.
    Are colleges accepting students from University Model Schools? What makes them attractive to colleges over other students?
  • Students from University Model Schools have had no difficulty in gaining entrance to colleges and universities nationwide. In fact, the majority of graduates have been awarded scholarships for academic achievement, student leadership, and athletic or artistic ability. University Model School students are attractive to colleges because of their strong work ethic, successful study habits, leadership skills, and character as demonstrated through various student activities -- academic, athletic, artistic, and governmental.
Academics Questions
    What curriculum will Providence utilize?
  • A list of our preliminary curriculum is available on the Philisophy of Education page.
    Will Providence follow the Common Core Curriculum?
  • No, Providence will not follow the Common Core Curriculum. To see a listing of the curricula we have chosen that supports a Christian, Classical education please see our Philisophy of Education page.
    Who are the teachers?
  • We are always praying and searching for the right teachers to join the Providence family. Not only must teachers be positive character role models, they must also demonstrate personal mastery over the course content they teach, the skills to communicate that content effectively, and the ability to motivate and inspire students toward learning for the glory of God.

    You can view the teachers for the current school year by visiting our Teachers and Staff page.

    If you are interested in teaching at Providence, please follow the steps outlined on our Employment page.
    My child is gifted (or challenged) in math. How can Providence help him?
  • Students in a UMS are allowed to advance by course mastery, not age or grade level alone. Elementary students are allowed to move up or down one grade level in a given course subject. Mathematics is the subject that this most regularly occurs in.
Admission Questions
    How do I apply for admission to Providence?
  • Providence Preparatory Academy is continuing to enroll Kindergarten-5th grade for the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment is also open for Kindergarten-6th grade for the 2014-2015 school year. To apply for admission, please follow the steps outlined on the Admissions page.
    Do I have to be a Christian for my child to attend Providence?
  • Providence Preparatory Academy is a University-Model Christian school whose mission includes a vital spiritual element. Both parent involvement and student cooperation are essential ingredients to the school's successful fulfillment of its mission. Therefore, as a condition of acceptance, parents applying for admission for their children must be in agreement with the school's doctrinal position. In addition at least one parent must be a born-again Christian.
    Must I be an active part of a local church for my child to attend Providence?
  • Providence recognizes and affirms the God given authority of the local church and joyfully supports and submits to her leadership. We also affirm the Church to be the repository of truth and in no way intend to usurp or replace her instruction. Rather, our desire is to serve the church as a trusted resource in the education of children. In light of this, Providence trusts the local church in accessing the spiritual health of those in her body. As part of the application process, therefore, each family will be asked to provide a reference of a church leader close to them (pastor, elder, etc).
Financial Questions
    What is the tuition for Providence?
  • Standard tuition is $2,950 per student for the 2014-2015 school year. We offer early registration and multi-student discounts as well as financial aid. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for full details.
    Does Providence offer financial aid?
  • Financial aid may be granted to qualifying families.  The amount of aid will be based on the family’s need and enrollment projections.  It is our goal that any family that aligns with the mission of Providence and desires to attend will be able to. For more information about applying for financial aid at Providence, visit our Tuition and Fees page.
Donation Questions
    How do I donate to Providence?
  • We appreciate your willingness to partner with us in this exciting endeavor! Providence now provides the opportunity for online giving via our Donate Online page. Providence uses PayPal to process credit card, debit card, and direct withdrawl donations. PayPal handles all of the security necessary for processing the transaction and then transfers the money into the school bank account. Giving online through PayPal is fast and secure. Note: Setting up a recurring gift requires you to have a PayPal account.

    Or if you prefer, checks may be made out to Providence Preparatory Academy and mailed to:
    Providence Preparatory Academy
    c/o Brian Triplett, Treasurer
    2730 Northchase Parkway
    Wilmington, NC 28405


    Are my donations tax deductible?
  • Providence Preparatory Academy has filed with the IRS for 501c3 tax-exempt certification. Any donations made will be considered tax deductible and a year-end receipt will be issued to the donor.

Some of the above excerpts were taken from Character Driven College Preparation by Dr. John W. Turner, Jr. This book is available through Providence Preparatory Academy.