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New Paradigm Preparatory School for 7th and 8th graders

posted Mar 21, 2013, 7:01 AM by Larissa Little   [ updated Mar 21, 2013, 3:41 PM by Scott Jones ]
Dear Paradigm Families,

We are excited to give you an update regarding changes to our school program for the coming 2013-2014 school year.

On February 8th, the Utah State Board of Education gave us the final approval to add 7th and 8th grades to our program. Over the years, many parents have requested we add these grades and we have worked hard to get the approval. We are excited to see Paradigm grow. [During our last board meeting, the Paradigm Governing Board met with administration to discuss and approve a plan to implement these grades for the coming year.] We hope the following information will answer many of your questions.

The new program will be called the Paradigm Preparatory School (or, Paradigm Prep for short). We will structure the enrollment to accommodate 120 new students into the preparatory program for the 2013-2014school year.

The primary purposes for these grades include:
  1. To specifically focus on helping students develop their character, build their identity, and discover their personal mission;
  2. To better prepare students for Paradigm High School by providing a solid foundation in classicaleducation and helping students become independent learners.
For a couple of years, the prep program will be facilitated in our current building; however, students in the high school and preparatory programs will not mix. Preparatory students will have a separate entrance, schedule, passing periods, and lunch time than the high school students. Also, a portion of the current building will be dedicated solely for preparatory students--no high school students allowed--and preparatory students will have their own dedicated restroom facilities. Eventually, new facilities will be built to house the preparatory program.

In addition to the precautions mentioned above and in order to help us bypass some of the toxic baggage usually associated with middle schools, most of the 7th and 8th grade students will be split into all male and female classes (Exceptions will be made for classes like social dance or other opportunities for etiquette training). Doing this will enable us to better fulfill our purpose of helping students establish their own identity.

If you have any further questions regarding the new Paradigm Preparatory School program, please contact the front office staff and they will be happy to speak with you.

Sincerely,
Paradigm Administration

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