Paradigm School was founded in 2006 by a group of homeschool families who wanted a better education for their children. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that we became Paradigm Schools after expanding to include our Preparatory school, serving grades 7-8. In our preparatory school, scholars can now gain a solid foundation in science, math, and the arts before heading to our high school.
Part of what makes Paradigm Schools unique is that our goal is to teach scholars how to think, not what to think. Our preparatory school is meant to give our scholars a solid liberal arts foundation before entering our more challenging high school program.
Scholars will learn the core subjects through the liberal arts learning method, which includes the Socratic discussion method and developing critical thinking. Our scholars learn how to develop the skills necessary to become well-rounded citizens who can take part in the great conversation of the ages.
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We like to keep our class sizes of around 20 scholars. This allows for a more personalized learning experience with mentors and helps us ensure that none of our scholars are falling behind. With smaller class sizes, mentors can help all scholars engage in discussions, hands-on applications, and more.
At Paradigm Schools, we teach our scholars how to think, not what to think. Because of this, we don’t utilize textbooks. Textbooks are interpretations of original works and often tell students how to interpret original works. We want our scholars to interpret those original works on their own. We have created a strong curriculum of original works, primary source documents, and classic books.
If you’re looking to make the transition from home school to charter school, then our Prep Academy courses can help. As part of Prep Academy, 7th and 8th-grade scholars can choose to come to school for as much or as little of the day as they’d like. We created this option for parents who want to transition their home-schooled students into a public school setting.
Yes! We can give your child a chance to shadow one of our other scholars who participate in the Prep Academy, so they can discover what the school year would be like for them!
At Paradigm Schools, students are referred to as scholars, and teachers are known as mentors. Scholars “own” their education while being supported every step of the way by thoughtful mentors.
We see ourselves as resources to parents. One of our foundational principles as a school is that parents are the primary educators for their children and that schools are to serve as a resource to families.
I love Paradigm. My children have never been happier, and have found a love of learning that was missing in their previous education!Julia H.
I went to Paradigm all through high school. Best experience ever. Not only did it help me focus on my strengths, but it also prepared me for college with its challenging curriculum that makes you think outside the box. The mentors there care about each of their students individually, and want nothing more than the students’ success.Jennifer L.