Frequently Asked Questions
For the 2020-21 school year we are offering grades K through 7th, and will add grades in subsequent years at a minimum of one grade level per year.
Homeschool co-ops are a way for families to pool their resources and expertise for specific and usually short-term study projects. UMS is different by virtue of having specific grade levels, consistent accountability from semester to semester, a full spectrum of courses complete with prerequisites and diploma plans, and a professional administration and faculty (much like a traditional school) partnering with the parents as co-teachers.
Parents need not have teaching experience. The Oaks will take the lead in the area of academics. Curriculum is selected based on its academic excellence and its usability both in the home and in class. Teachers will provide training each August and detailed online assignment sheets each week while maintaining open lines of communication with parents. Parents act as co-teachers under the guidance of the teacher. As students progress to the upper grade levels, the role of the parent gradually shifts from co-teacher to mentor. One of the long term goals of this model is that students will become trained and experienced to assume the responsibility required for success in learning beyond high school.
Yes, The Oaks students will study Latin. The grammatical structure of English is based on Latin, as is about 50 percent of English vocabulary. Consequently, the study of Latin tends to expand students’ vocabularies, as well as enhance their grammar skills. It also prepares students for the study of other foreign languages including French, Spanish, and Italian.
Communication is key in a University-Model school. Teachers communicate frequently with parents via our online portal, Classreach. Additionally, teachers set and communicate their availability through email, by phone, or by offering parent meetings on campus. Each semester, parents will be offered a progress report and a teacher meeting. Additionally, they may request a meeting with the teacher as needed for collaboration.
Simple, affordable uniforms are required for students at The Oaks. Our goal is to minimize distraction, encourage modesty, and introduce professionalism. Families may donate gently used uniforms at the end of the spring semester, and The Oaks will hold a used uniform sale for all contracted families.
The curriculum at The Oaks is chosen by a team of teachers and staff. Much research and prayer is put into each decision. Prospective curriculum must be of high quality and conducive to our high standards in classical education. In addition, it must fit well within the university model format allowing both primary teachers and co-teachers to effectively administer it in the formal classroom, as well as the satellite classroom at home. Each year we will evaluate the curriculum and make changes as needed.
Yes, it parallels requirements in the core subjects, and exceeds the requirements for grade levels. Eventually, we will pursue accreditation by a national agency through NAUMS (National Association of University-Model® Schools).
No, the school is a nondenominational organization governed by a board of men and women from this community.
Yes, The Oaks Christian Academy is a registered non-profit organization formed in Texas and is in the process of seeking 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.
Graduates from the original University-Model School in Arlington, Texas, report overwhelmingly that they were extremely well-prepared for their freshman college classes. First, they were prepared by the University-Model system itself. The schedule, time management, work ethic, and necessary study skills were dynamics to which they were already accustomed. Second, they were prepared academically: the UMS course content was consistently more than adequate to prepare students 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.
Kindergarteners are on campus from 8:30 until 1:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kindergarten tuition is $1800 per year. First through Sixth Graders are on campus from 8:30 until 2:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuition for these grade levels is $2000 per year. During the Logic years, students will increase their on-campus hours and tuition will reflect that as well. The Oaks offers a large family discount.
* Contract Fee, $75/student
* A school supply list will be offered in the summer. Parents may deliver those school supplies to Meet the Teacher for on-campus use, or they may pay a $30 supply fee online.
* Book Lists are published each spring. Parents will purchase the books according to the book list in order to teach at home. Book lists range in cost based on the grade level, and on whether the books are used or new. The Oaks will host a Used Book Sale each spring.
* Uniforms are purchased to attend The Oaks. The Oaks will host a Used Uniform Sale each spring.