Frequently Asked Questions

What grades will you offer?2020-08-18T14:27:41+00:00

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.

What is the difference between a homeschool co-op and a university model school?2020-08-18T14:27:36+00:00

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.

What if parents aren’t teachers? How can they teach their children if they have never homeschooled?2020-08-18T14:27:32+00:00

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.

Will The Oaks teach latin? Why?2020-08-18T14:26:02+00:00

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.

How will I communicate with my child’s teacher throughout the year?2020-08-18T14:26:45+00:00

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.

What about uniforms?2020-08-18T14:26:39+00:00

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.

Who chooses the curriculum?2020-08-18T14:23:57+00:00

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.

The Oaks Curriculum Guide Download

Will this type of schooling fulfill state requirements?2020-08-18T14:26:55+00:00

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).

Is your school governed by a church?2020-08-18T14:27:01+00:00

No, the school is a nondenominational organization governed by a board of men and women from this community.

Is your school a non–profit organization?2020-08-18T14:27:05+00:00

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.

What do UMS graduates who are in college say about how well-prepared they were in high school?2020-08-18T14:27:12+00:00

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.

How much does it cost to attend?2020-08-18T14:26:33+00:00

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.

Additional Fees:
* 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.

Statement of Faith

The Word of God – We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments make up the inspired and complete Word of God. Because it is inspired, or God-breathed, it is authoritative, powerful and useful in the lives of mankind (2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:21).

The Trinity – We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons. Each person (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is distinct, and yet fully one (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4). The Father wills, the Son accomplishes this will, and the Holy Spirit applies this will.

God the Father – We believe in God the Father, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is righteous and merciful, and He made a way for men to come to Him in relationship through Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16; Galatians 4:4-6; John 14:6).

God the Son – We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son. We believe that He was with God in the beginning, and that God created all things through Him. Both fully God and fully man, Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe He lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death, was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. We believe He sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for His people. We eagerly await and expect His return (Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:18-20; Acts 1:11; 2 Corinthians :19-21; Revelation 19-20).

God the Holy Spirit – We believe in the Holy Spirit – equal, distinct and yet one with God. He regenerates those who come to God through faith in Jesus Christ. He indwells the believer, giving guidance, and empowering believers to obey God’s Word. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to men to use for the glory of God and the good of the body of Christ
(Matthew 28:18-29; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11, 19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 3:14-21).

Humankind – We believe that God created humankind, male and female, in the image of God. He gave humans freedom, and humans willfully chose sin. Because of the fall through Adam, human beings are sinful by nature. Because of the sinful choices of all humans, human beings are also sinful by choice. Apart from Christ, there is no hope for life or salvation (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:9-18, 23; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:23).

Salvation – We believe in the free gift of salvation, given by grace to those who confess faith in Jesus Christ. We believe this gift is founded in the will of the Father, accomplished by the Son’s incarnation, death and resurrection, and made manifest through the working of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is not received because of human works or merit. Believers demonstrate faith through baptism and through obedience to the Father as we are empowered by the Spirit (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 1:12-13; Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 28:19).
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