Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Foundation Prep affiliated with a church?
Answer: No, Foundation Prep is independent and have more than 12 different churches represented in the student body.
Q. Is Foundation Prep a homeschool cooperative?
Answer: No, Foundation Prep is a school that uses a college-simulate schedule.
Q. Is Foundation Prep accredited?
Answer: In January 2017 the school received the distinction of being accredited by AdvancED through the agency of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). This distinction recognizes that Foundation Preparatory Academy is committed to offering students a rigorous, diverse and sound curriculum instructed by qualified educators.
Q. Are your teachers certified?
Answer: Yes, our classroom teachers are certified. Foundation Prep teachers have over 150 years of classroom experience combined and 40% of our teachers have their Masters degree.
Q. Are the at-home (satellite) days free time?
Answer: No, just as university students at the University of Houston or Baylor University are required to work on assignments outside of the classroom, Foundation Prep utilizes a similar approach. Satellite days are school days where students may work independently at home. In general, for every hour spent in class, the student will need to spend an additional hour to an hour and a half on that subject in the "satellite classroom" at home. The purpose of the University-Model School is to build students who excel at time management as well as become independent learners outside the classroom. Research has shown this model produces a high level of success for students at college.
Q. Is it possible for my student to take classes at differing grade levels in a UMS?
Answer: Yes, it is possible for a student to take a course one grade up or down from his/her age level due to the needs of the student. Placements tests are conducted during the admissions process to best determine the course level the student would be working in Math and English.
Q. My wife and I both work full-time outside our home. Would UMS work for us?
Answer: One of the most important ingredients in the success of the University-Model School is an available parent who can properly work with the student. If there is an adult who can monitor and supervise the student in their satellite classroom at home or a parents work place, this model may work for you.
Q. Since parents are team teaching with the teachers at school, how does communication take place between the two?
Answer: Communication between teachers and parents plays a vital role. On the first day of class each semester, instructors will provide course documents describing how grades are determined, the course objectives, and a course syllabus. Also vitally important are the required weekly assignment sheets that are prepared by the teacher and reviewed by the parent with the student. Instructions to parents are included as part of these assignment sheets, as are long-term study projects that are forthcoming, such as research papers. Parents are also encouraged to communicate any of their questions to the teacher as needed. Most communication will occur through our ClassReach system.
Q. How are UMS students performing on college entrance tests?
Answer: Typically, University-Model students score higher on college entrance tests than the average student scores.
Q. What do the graduates from University-Model Schools say about how well high school prepared them for college?
Answer: Graduates from University-Model Schools report overwhelmingly that they were extremely well prepared for their freshman college classes. The schedule, work ethic, and necessary study skills were dynamics to which they were already accustomed. Secondly, they were prepared academically as the UMS course content was consistently more than adequate to prepare them for college. It also has not been uncommon for many UMS graduates to begin college with several college credits already on their transcript, having placed out of certain courses by virtue of their high school preparation.
Q. Are colleges accepting students from University-Model Schools? What makes them attractive to colleges over other students?
Answer: Students from University-Model Schools have had no difficulty gaining entrance to colleges and universities nationwide. 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.
Q. Are University-Model students receiving scholarships from colleges?
Answer: The majority of UMS graduates have been awarded scholarships for academic achievement, student leadership, and athletic or artistic ability.