History of Foundation Preparatory Academy
In the Fall of 2012, a group of parents met together to discuss the need for a University-Model® school in the Brazoria County, Texas area. These families had either experienced or were familiar with this college preparatory, private school model that emphasized a true partnership between parents and teachers. Faith-based Biblical integration and character development would be of significant importance. Parents as true partners and willing co-teachers was a major component that drew founding parents to this model. Foundation Preparatory Academy was founded in Lake Jackson, Texas for grades three through nine in the school year 2014-2015.
Foundation Preparatory Academy is a unique private Christian school that utilizes a university-type schedule and a teacher-parent integrated instructional approach to produce a high level of academic achievement while enabling strong ties between parents and their children. The school is a concrete example of a new educational model called University-Model® Schooling (UMS) in which two proven elements of educational success, the professional classroom instruction of a teacher and the caring at-home mentoring of a parent, are combined into a single, unified, college-simulated program. Other proven elements of the school’s program include character education, low student/teacher ratios, hands-on learning, a strong student work ethic, an effective college-preparatory curriculum, character-building student activities, and servant-minded local operation and management.
The school was officially incorporated on the 10th of May 2013 and opened for its first day of classes on August 18th, 2014. Foundation Prep became one of only two schools to be certified by the National Association of University-Model Schools during the first year of operation.
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.
Foundation Preparatory Academy continues to grow academically with the addition of dual credit courses in partnership with Brazosport College and Advanced Placement® (AP) courses authorized by the College Board. Elective courses have grown to include Creative Writing, Drama, Speech, Spanish I, II and III, SAT Preparation and Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey. Athletics currently include Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis and Basketball.
In May 2018, Foundation Preparatory Academy proudly graduated its first class of seniors. The Class of 2018 received acceptances to a multitude of universities. In August 2018, Foundation Preparatory added second grade as a self-contained class and plans to add kindergarten and first grade in August 2019.
Foundation Preparatory Academy, along with her sister University-Model® schools in other parts of the country, is now demonstrating that it is indeed possible for both parents and teachers to effectively work together for the common goal of providing God’s children with a high-quality, Christian education that is both cost-effective and strengthening to families.