Preparatory Academy, Inc. is the result of many years of homeschooling in the Tampa Bay area and talking about curriculum, and the many options available for receiving an education. These discussions seemed to return, again and again, to the need for a school that meets the needs of all students from the academically challenged to students seeking truly rigorous college-preparatory courses by taking advantage of school choice options.
We also strongly felt the need to include the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects so that students are prepared for not only current technologies but also the technologies that have not even been invented. We wanted to offer courses that develop students with creativity, backed up by sound science and strong math skills, to developer of future technology.
We wanted a school where the early years are ones of exploring our world through fun activities, field trips, and explorations while still allowing for the development of English and Math skills. We envisioned the middle school years stepping up a little, allowing for the expanded mental abilities of middle school students while acknowledging that, typically, they do not have the maturity or self-discipline of the high school student. The middle school would introduce more rigor in English and Math, and begin a focus of study of composition, literature, social science, study and organization skills, science, and math that would prepare the student for high-school work. The focus of the middle school courses would be to prepare the student for success in high school topics.
We saw the need for a high school program that was designed to prepare high school kids for college-level work. We wanted high school students to master subjects like Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English composition and literature, to a level where they could easily pass any college freshman course. The key words are "mastery" and "individual achievement".
At all grade levels, we wished for a school that would consider the student as an individual, and develop a plan of study that considered his or her interests, the desires of the parents, and make use of all appropriate educational resources: co-op classes, online classes, public/private school course work, individual study, or any other delivery technique that would result in mastery of the subject material.
We did not find such a school... so, we decided to start one! The result is Preparatory Academy!
We are happy to be starting our third year, and we are growing based on the needs of our students. We're affiliating with more instructors and offering more courses than we did last year. We're working with other educational groups to offer our classes at their locations throughout the county. We have completed administrative tasks that allow our students to participate in both FLVS and Dual Enrollment classes. We have begun the process of receiving NCAA for of our core high school classes, and to plan to seek accreditation this year. We'll continue to learn from our families, students and affiliated teachers, We'll continue to look for creative, innovative ways to meet the educational needs of students - regardless of where and how they "school" - home school, private school, public school, or OUR school!
Consider joining us on this journey.
Christy Bebeau and Carolyn Lang
Provide a course of study that prepares each student for success in the next level of his/her academic progression.
For the Youngest Students
A focus on the learning though fun and exploration by encouraging life learning lessons such as cooking, travel, field trips, and reading of well-crafted, age appropriate books.
For Upper Elementary Students
A focus on the fundamentals through curriculum that stresses mastery of the basics of math through pre-Algebra; English syntax, grammar, and usage natural science concepts using correct vocabulary and explanation; history and geography in subject areas based on the student's curiosity and interest.
For Middle School Students
A focus on transitioning from the mastery of the basics to the skills necessary to pursue rigorous, college-bound academic studies. In addition to continuing with a math curriculum including Algebra 1 and Geometry, the curriculum adds English composition and literature, study skills and reading comprehension, natural science courses that include laboratory components, engineering and technology courses to spur problem solving and creativity as well as to build practical life skills.
For High School Students
A focus on preparing the student for success in college and beyond. The curriculum increases in rigor and most of the course work is designed to allow the diligent student to perform well on standardized end of course tests, often leading to college credit. The student is encouraged, where appropriate, to participate in dual enrollment courses, take the CLEP, AP, or SAT subject tests to demonstrate his/her mastery of the material. Our students are encouraged to complete 4 years of English Composition and Literature, Natural Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, and Mathematics.
For All Students
We respect the rights of parents to be the primary educator and work closely with them to craft academic paths that will work for their students.
We believe that religious beliefs of all people should be respected and in a diverse educational environment acknowledge that religious studies are best pursued in the home, where parents are available to answer questions and guide students according to the family beliefs.
We also recognize that many of the standardized tests cover material of a secular nature. Teachers and curriculum may cover such material and will do so in a way that does not judge but rather acknowledges that such material will be encountered by the student as he/she progresses into college and beyond.
We believe that students should follow their dreams and make use of their natural talents. We support pursuits in athletics, clubs and organizations, entrepreneurial endeavors, and other activities that enhance the quality of the student's life.
Mascot: The Archer
Archers and arrows have long been associated with skill as well as with setting and achieving goals. We want our students, The Preparatory Academy Archers, to Shoot for the Stars!
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