Like most K-12 preparatory schools that focus on getting children ready for college, Masters Prep's has a similar mission, but a narrower focus as we address the importance of being adequately prepared for high school upon leaving middle school. Statistics show that minorities in particular are more often ill-prepared for success in high school...dropping out in the 9th grade. This certainly eliminates college as a viable option for them.
Masters Prep is committed to providing challenging educational experiences that…
Masters Prep’s curriculum and teaching strategies are designed to move students toward the high achievement that is possible when teacher and parent expectations are raised. The narrow scope of focusing only on developmental appropriateness at the middle school resulted in lower expectations as educators believed that children and adolescents were incapable of significant intellectual achievement. Those lower expectations often generated a highly fragmented, repetitive curriculum that failed to prepare many students for success in high school and beyond. Masters Prep aims to facilitate achievement in the middle grades and move consistently toward exceeding national averages and assuring that performance gaps are closed.
Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff work together to meet the intellectual, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of each and every child we serve.
The curriculum framework begins with the world acclaimed A Beka Book curriculum for reading and language in grades 3-5, the Saxon program for all math instruction, and Alpha-Omega programs to round out the individualized learning plans for all other course work.
Masters Prep teachers, administrators and staff believe that all children have the curiosity, creativity, and ability to learn. However, no two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. That is why we create an individual learning plan for every child. Each plan will combine direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one reinforcement in a way that works for the student.
Masters Prep also embraces the traditional Christian philosophy of education that guides all program decisions. This philosophy presupposes that the leadership and authority of the teacher is necessary to maintain an orderly environment with high academic and behavior standards that students need in order to thrive. We believe that direct instruction, review, drill and repetition are valid and effective teaching tools that should be incorporated as appropriate to the child's learning style. We also believe that a child’s self-esteem is developed through self-affirmation, through the affirmations of trusted authority, through self-diligence and through achievement.
Moreover, Masters Prep embraces the belief that education is more than the process of teaching and learning in a classroom. It is the collaborative and cooperative work of teachers and parents. Beginning in the home, education is the process by which thought processes are established, by which values are defined, by which attitudes are formed, by which behavior is influenced, and by which the entire person is brought into fulfillment of one's God-given destiny.”
Finally, Masters Preparatory Christian Academy caters to the natural curiosity of children and their love of art and play as we teach language, reading, math, natural and physical sciences, social sciences, technology, music, dance and other performing arts.
This strategy is reflected in our small manageable class sizes, diversity of instruction, and creative integration of the arts across the curriculum.
Masters Prep teachers are hand-picked not only for their education, experience, certification and spiritual commitment, but also for their creativity, energy, passion, and their love and understanding of children.
MASTERS PREPARATORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Our best work as teachers and the best effort of students is incomplete and less effective without parent involvement. In fact, it is one of the most important factors in academic achievement according to Mrs. Audrey Potter-Lewis, author of Different Levels of Parental Involvement and long-time supporter of the academy.
All Masters Prep parents are asked to committ to these simple strategies to help us help your child:
1 RESPONSIBILITIES & ATTENDANCE
• See that you child attends school regularly and on time
• Equip your child with necessary school supplies
• Provide the school with current demographic information
• Provide a home environment that encourages learning
• Encourage positive school feelings
2 COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT
• Meet your child’s teacher • Communicate regularly with your child’s teachers by phone/letters • Talk with your child about school activities every day • Encourage your child’s efforts and be available for questions • Insist that all homework assignments be completed • Provide a quiet, well-lighted place to study • Support the school in developing your child's self-discipline.
3 LITERACY & TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE
• Encourage your child to read at home and monitor TV viewing
• Read with and let your child see you read
• Acquire a library card for your child
• Provide tutorial assistance for your child if needed
• Stay aware of what your child is learning • Sign and return all papers to school
4 VOLUNTEER & MENTORING
• Visit your child’s classroom • Maintain regular contact with the teacher
• Volunteer in a needed area at school
• Volunteer to assist on field trips • Send materials or supply items to assist in classroom activities
• Attend at least three PTO meetings a year
• Become involved in planning school activities and fund raisers
• Attend all parent-teacher conferences
5 LEADERSHIP & PARTNERSHIP
• Become an officer of the PTO or school advisory council
• Participate in the decision-making process
• Attend trainings and workshops
• Train other parents and share information
• Become knowledgeable of current educational laws
• Maintain contact with lawmakers to help ensure the best educational support for all children
• Form a parent-teacher support group
• Maintain an open line of communication between the school and the community