A Christian, Classical, University-Model School®
Kingdom Preparatory Academy (KPA) is a Christian, Classical, University-Model School®, organized to establish a partnership with parents. KPA equips students for life by promoting Godly character, building excellence in academics, and encouraging self-discipline and motivation. We seek to develop the whole child - academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically - through an educational format utilizing both trained classroom instruction and individualized parent involvement.
Kingdom Preparatory Academy was established to provide a new approach to education in the city of Lubbock. KPA was designed on the foundation of the Christian University-Model School® (UMS), which takes the best aspects of traditional, full-time public and private schools, as well as home schools, and molds them into one model. At KPA, parents and teachers work together to cultivate in each student a life-long love of learning and pursuit of moral and academic excellence, for the purpose of bringing glory to God alone.
First Aim: Honoring & Glorifying God
KPA’s Christian Aims & Objectives
Our first and most important aim at Kingdom Preparatory Academy is to glorify and honor God in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Peter 4:11).
• We will seek a daily, close, loving and obedient relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
• We will consistently acknowledge, in word and deed, the Holy Bible as our standard of truth and final authority for faith and practice.
• We will challenge our staff to be continuously aware of their Christian witness in all walks of life.
• We will strive to honor the Lord by celebrating His greatness regardless of our circumstances and seeking to strengthen and encourage each other.
Second Aim: Discipleship of the Student
Kingdom Preparatory Academy is to do all that we do, including academic teaching, in such a way that we train and encourage the students that the Lord brings under our direction to become his disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
• We will encourage parents to train their children to be faithful disciples of Christ and ask them to be an active member of a local Christ-honoring church.
• We will help our students to adopt attitudes of love, respect, and appreciation toward both our Lord and the Bible.
• We will teach our students to develop a Biblical worldview and apply it to everything they do.
• We will cultivate within students an increased awareness of the world that exists beyond their immediate culture and comforts and to reach out to others with acts of love and service.
• We will stress the importance of character development for true success in life.
Third Aim: Ministry to the Family
As a University-Model School, we will strive to strengthen the family (as the Word defines it) as the first and primary social and educational unit instituted by God, through the educational ministry God has given us (Genesis 2:18-25, Exodus 20:12, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-6:4).
• We will strive to demonstrate respect for the God-given authority of the parents.
• We will encourage parents to fully accept their responsibilities to train their children.
• We will seek to involve the parents as much as possible in all aspects of their child’s instruction.
• We will strive to encourage our families in prayer and fellowship opportunities.
Fourth Aim: Academics
In order that our students might (like the Lord) keep “increasing in wisdom and stature, and favor with God and men”, we aim to provide them with a high quality academic education that is cost effective and affordable (Luke 2:52, Proverbs 1:2-7, 3:13-20, 4:1-9, 9:9, 10:14).
• We will teach a work ethic that values doing all things “as unto the Lord” (Col. 3: 23).
• We will help and encourage our students to understand that all truth is God’s truth by integrating the Word with the content of the various subjects.
• We will adhere to a graduating scale of high, age-appropriate academic standards that prepares students for future success in a college setting.
• We will seek to develop and implement increasingly effective instructional methodologies that emphasize critical and creative thinking skills.
• We will seek to develop classroom practices that develop a student’s love of learning rather than rote acquisition of knowledge.
• Teach and encourage the use of good study habits, the development of time management skills, and gradually train students to engage in fully independent, mature study and research patterns.
Fifth Aim: Integration of Home & School
In as much as both the home and the body of Christ share the responsibility for teaching His children, we aim to effectively and systematically integrate the home and the school in the delivery of an academic education (Ephesians 4:7-16, 6:4, 1 Corinthians 14:26-33, Titus 1:5).
• We will seek to develop curricular design and instructional methodologies that effectively utilize and integrate the various educational resources, including the parent as teacher and tutor of both the home and the school.
• We will seek to establish curricular guidelines defining the responsibilities of and relationship between the classroom instructor and the home instructor in all courses.
• We will strive to implement a program, especially for grammar school students, that emphasizes time with family so that the foundation for character development can be properly laid through a loving, competent, nurturing parent-child relationship.
A Classical Education
The classical method of education is a three-stage approach to instruction with the goal of producing graduates who have mastered the art of learning so that they may skillfully acquire and apply knowledge, reason critically and articulate persuasively.
Sometimes referred to as the Trivium (Latin for "three ways"), this approach consists of the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages, each building upon its predecessor. Basic factual content and rules - the "grammar" - of any given subject must first be mastered; then an understanding of how to apply the facts - the “logic” - must be discerned; and finally, the ability to synthesize the foregoing into an articulate argument - the “rhetoric” - must be developed. The Biblical equivalent to this progression is found in the admonition to pursue knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
Classical education organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind. The curricular emphasis during the grammar school years is on learning basic facts and figures during the time when children love to memorize (and when they are best at doing so). The subsequent emphasis during the middle school years on logic and analysis trains students to think critically and deeply about subjects, both academic and otherwise. This emphasis corresponds with the middle-school student's bent toward exploration, questioning, and a desire for deeper understanding. Finally, the emphasis during the high school years shifts toward honing rhetorical skills, including writing. This shift prepares students to write college-level theses, utilizing their grasp of proper grammar, as well their ability to think logically and critically. The structure of the Trivium recognizes that though there is much overlap, an ideal time and place exists for each part of learning: memorization, argumentation, and self-expression.
A University-Model School®
The university-model integrates challenging academics, student activities and Christ-like character development, and affirms the parents’ role as the primary influence in their children’s lives by redirecting time from the school to the family.
The UMS approach employs a university-style schedule adapted to the elementary, junior, and senior high levels. Paid professional teachers teaching in their areas of expertise conduct central classroom instruction. Grammar school students (PreK – 5th grades) attend classes two days per week (Monday and Wednesday) while older students (6th – 12th grades) attend school three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Students spend alternate days at home where parents continue the instruction or monitor student progress. Teachers provide parents with detailed lesson plans and instructions for days spent at home. Parents need not have teaching experience but must commit the time to actively engage, direct, instruct and mentor their students.