Core Distinctive #3: The Collaborative Model

Our students are prepared for the rigors of adult life with our alternative schedule: half homeschool, half traditional school.

The collaborative model of education is known by several names, including blended, university-style, and hybrid model. Collaborative education means that the student’s instructional time is divided between classroom and home. In collaborative education, classroom instruction occurs 2 or 3 days per week and is led by a professional educator. On non-class days, the student remains at home to complete his or her lesson plans under the guidance and instruction of his or her parent. The lesson plans for the entire week are developed by the classroom instructor and are made available to the parent at the start of the week, so that the parent and classroom instructor work in tandem to complete the requisite lessons.

Benefits for Families

Collaborative education is consistent with the biblical mandate for parents to retain the primary responsibility for the education and training of their children. The scientific community is beginning to recognize the importance of a sustained parent-child bond in the healthy development of the child—a bond which is prematurely eroded in a full-time school environment. Closely related to the parent-child bond, collaborative education also allows for vertical relationships among siblings to be maintained. Full-time school often results in each child developing friends exclusively within his or her own grade, resulting in a breakdown of natural friendships among siblings. Collaborative education provides families with consistent access to educators with both disciplinary and classical credentials. With  collaborative education, parents also remain the primary role-models for the child, and maintain primary responsibility for discipleship and character development. Regular non-class days provide flexibility for field trips, service-based learning, etc. Another major benefit is that classes are offered a la carte, so that if a student has a proficiency in Math, for example, they are encouraged to enroll in higher level classes.

Practically speaking, what does it look like to commit to Providence? Parents sign their agreement to the following statement:

 

From a Christian viewpoint, parents are their children’s lifetime teachers and are to be involved in the training of mind, body, and spirit. From a Classical methodology, education takes place not just in school but throughout the student’s everyday life as experiences are seen as educational opportunities. The parental support required by Providence Preparatory School will be high. Parents must be willing to commit time and effort to instruct, reinforce, supervise, and encourage their student’s learning, as well as maintain a home environment conducive to learning. Parents are seen as co-teachers in the educational experience and should expect to contribute to Providence Preparatory School in accordance with the requirements of each class.

Teachers and co-teachers must maintain clear and accurate communication, so Providence Preparatory School will strive to keep parents informed of any issues pertaining to their student’s progress. We desire that parents would keep the staff in full knowledge of any issues or concerns about the school. In our strongly Christian but diverse school, differences will exist, but it is our belief that we can be a community where grace allows for unity. With that mindset we expect that parents actively foster respect for fellow students and their families, as well as teachers and staff.

All tuition and fees at Providence are based on an estimated cost of providing the educational services of the school to all enrolled students. By signing and returning an enrollment contract, we reserve a place for your student (as space is available) and you pledge to Providence that you will pay the costs associated with schooling your child so that we can meet the budget of our school. We employ faculty and administrative staff in accordance with the number of students enrolled and must honor those salary commitments whether or not a student withdraws from the school. Refunds are not available.

Please register our student for the _____ School Year. I/we have read the statement of faith and parental partnership agreement. I/we acknowledge that the curriculum and instruction at Providence is rooted in and consistent with the statement of faith. I/we commit to fulfilling the parental partnership agreement and acknowledge that we as parents are responsible for the schooling of our children. I/we agree that such partnership precludes our actively and deliberately undermining or compromising the core beliefs and values of Providence through our actions or words.  I/we agree to pay the total amount of tuition and fees listed on this contract (plus any additional processing fees) regardless of whether my student completes the school year or not. I understand that refunds are not available, except by written board approval due to exceptional circumstances.

Continue browsing our Core Distinctives:

  1. Christian       2. Classical       3. Collaborative

 

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