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 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 309 years of classroom experience combined and 30% of our faculty have their Master’s degree.
Q. How are UMS students performing on college entrance tests?
Answer: Foundation Prep students score higher on college entrance tests than the average student scores.
PSAT National Percentile Rank (2018 Class) 84th – 95th
SAT National Percentile Rank (2018 Class) 91st – 96th
ACT Composite Scores (2018 Class) 21 – 31
Q. Do you offer Advanced Placement® (AP) courses?
Answer: Yes, Foundation Prep offers Calculus, English Language and Composition (English III) and English Literature and Composition (English IV) as AP courses authorized by the College Board.
Q. Do you offer dual credit courses?
Answer: Yes, dual credit courses are offered in partnership with Brazosport College. A complete list of university transferrable and workforce education courses are available in the Family Handbook under the Admissions tab on the website.
Q. Are colleges accepting students from University-Model® schools? What makes them attractive to colleges over other students?
Answer: Foundation Prep students have been accepted to the following universities:
- A&M College Station and Kingsville
- Colorado School of Mines
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
- Mississippi State University
- Purdue University
- University of Alabama, Huntsville
- University of Houston
- University of Texas, Arlington
Foundation Prep 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. 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 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 parent’s 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. Is Foundation Prep a homeschool cooperative?
Answer: No, Foundation Prep is a fully accredited school that uses a college-simulate schedule.
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.