The Paradigm Academy
Dear Paradigm Families,
The Paradigm Academy is available to any Paradigm student who has the qualities of an independent learner. It allows parents and students who want more flexibility in their schedules to tailor their credits. The Academy requires a high level of personal commitment and self-direction. If a student is still struggling with basic Paradigm rules, he/she will probably not do well in the Academy.
The Academy meets as a group only on A days (or only on B days) for two periods, comprising a core class. The work load is equal to a regular core class, but on the off days students may study at home. Other Paradigm classes could be planned in conjunction with this schedule, and/or Portfolio credits may be applied for through a variety of other vehicles, such as community art or music lessons, physical exercise programs, business internships, apprenticeships, home school credit and etc. For example, last semester one student spent an internship at the capitol during the legislative session, one took a welding course, another took a community art class, and one other took a language course through Rosetta Stone.
For the Portfolio Credits, students/Parents submit a proposal outlining the course for the credit they desire, and then prepare a portfolio to provide evidence of mastery. Credit is subject to administrative approval at the conclusion of the course. If credit is awarded, it is included in the student’s official transcript and applies toward their graduation.
Students may receive up to $300 financial reimbursement from the school to help them achieve these Portfolio credits. Of this amount, $50 is subtracted for each additional regular class period taken at the school.
Enrollment in the Academy requires special permission. If you would be interested in enrolling in any of the Academy Classes, please email Celia Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Credit Process:
Students/Parents use the online Independent Credit form (look under the “Academy” tab on the website), to submit a proposal outlining their course for a specific credit, and then prepare a portfolio to provide evidence of their learning throughout the semester. Credit is subject to administrative approval at the conclusion of the course.
Students may receive up to $300 financial reimbursement per semester from the school to help them achieve these independent credits, subtracting $50 per class period for any other classes taken at the school (outside of Academy Core and Release Time).
Currently, Paradigm is offering a Scholar Prep Academy core, which is geared toward 9th and 10th grade students (and Junior Classics), and a Scholar Academy core, geared toward 11th and 12th grade students who are ready to take on the deeper, more difficult classics. Both levels will include a great deal of reading, writing and discussion. Students need to register for the Academy using the online program accessed through the school website.
Enrollment in the Academy requires special permission. If you would be interested in enrolling in either the Scholar Prep or Scholar Academies, please contact Celia Johnson at email@example.com.