Questions Parents Ask
What grade levels does Paideia Academy offer?
Paideia offers a full academic program for pre-K through 12th grade and a homeschool umbrella program for grades K-8.
What curriculum is used at Paideia Academy? What subjects do you teach?
Paideia uses a variety of curriculum resources for its academic programs. We strive for materials that are academically challenging and consistent with a classical and Christian education. We teach all of the basic subjects (reading, writing, spelling, math, Bible, science, history, art, music, etc.) that you would expect to find in any solid college-preparatory school and approach all of the materials with a biblical worldview.
How was the school named?
Paideia Academy (pronounced pie-day-uh) takes its name from the Bible in Ephesians 6:4, where the apostle Paul exhorts fathers to bring up their "children in the training (paideia) and admonition of the Lord." This concept, the paideia of the Lord, involves an all-encompassing, total education of a citizen of God's kingdom. Paideia Academy is NOT affiliated with Mortimer Adler's "Paideia Proposal" or the related Paideia schools.
What is your schedule?
Pre-K is a half day on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00am to noon. Kindgergarten through 12th grade hours are from 8:00am to 3:10 or 3:20pm (staggered pickup). Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade who select the 3-day university schedule option attend class at school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and do school work at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 4th-12th graders attend Monday through Friday. These times are tentative and subject to change.
What are the expectations for the Tuesday and Thursday "at-home" school?
Students receive lesson plans and assignment packets for their work at home on Tuesday and Thursday. The packets are parent-friendly and contain all of the instructions, assignments and details for the day's work. Parents of younger children need to work hands-on with their children during this time, while parents of older students act more as monitors since older students are expected to work more independently. Typically younger students have four hours of work to complete on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while older students may have up to six or seven hours of work on the at-home days.
How does the school view parental involvement?
At the core of our philosophy of education is the conviction that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children; our authority and our tasks are delegated from the parent. Therefore, we strongly encourage parental involvement in our school and have purposefully structured our program to engage parents. We love for you to be active in the classrooms, to volunteer for school events, and to visit with the teachers regularly and frequently.
Is your school associated with a denomination or area church?
Paideia Academy is a distinctly Christian institution that is committed to the Word of God, the Bible, as the foundation and guide for all we do, but we are not associated with any particular denomination or local church. Our Statement of Faith is reflective of historic, biblical Christianity. We have students from numerous area churches of varying denominations, and we require that at least one parent be a professing Christian.
Is Paideia Academy accredited by any agency or organization?
Paideia Academy maintains membership in the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Are the teachers at Paideia Academy certified to teach in the state of Tennessee?
State certification is not a requirement for employment at our school. We are a different kind of academic institution with a different set of standards for our teachers. Our teachers must possess a bachelors degree, be active and faithful Christians, have a true love for teaching children, be committed to the classical model of education, and have a love of learning and a passion for their subjects. All of our teachers are specifically trained in classical and Christian education methods. Two-thirds of our current teachers have graduate degrees, and others are pursuing graduate studies.
What about academic standards? How challenging is your program?
We set standards that will stretch students of all abilities to reach their fullest potential intellectually and spiritually. This means setting the bar high in a way that is both accessible to the average student and challenging to the academically gifted student.
What about new students transferring into your program from other types of schools?
This is a legitimate concern of many parents who are considering enrollment of the children, but our experience is that most students adjust readily to the new approach and new subjects. Although some new students encounter challenges with the higher standards, the school takes a reasonable approach to new students, allowing them ample opportunity to adjust and catch up, as needed.
Do your students participate in standardized testing programs?
While we do not teach to a test, our students are regularly tested in aptitude, basic skills, concepts, and reading comprehension using nationally recognized standardized tests.
Do students at Paideia receive instruction in art, music, and physical education?
Yes, our students have weekly specials in music, art, drama, and P.E. Upper school students also participate in intramural activities through their halls.
Do you have extra-curricular activities and a sports program?
Yes, we currently field teams in soccer and basketball. Other sports will be added as the school continues to grow. Robotics club is also offered. We will continue to add more activities in the humanities, arts, and sciences.
What is the student-teacher ratio?
Our class ratio maximums are: 12:1 in Pre-K, 16:1 in Kindergarten and first grade, and 18:1 in second grade and above. This low ratio allows teachers to offer significant personal attention to the students. The class ratios/sizes are guidelines and are maintained at the discretion of the headmaster.
What is the admissions process at Paideia Academy?
The first step is to become familiar with our school and its distinctives by reading our introductory materials and visiting the school. The next step is to obtain and complete the proper registration forms. The "Admissions" section of this website provides additional information.