Premised on a biblical foundation, we believe parents are the child’s first and most influential teachers (Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6:4). Because parents are the single most influential factor in a child’s emotional, social, and spiritual development, Oak Grove seeks to partner with parents in their God-given task to teach their children spiritually, academically, and physically. The University-Model structure provides the tools of time, curricular flexibility, and academic expertise that enable parents to be confident and effective co-teachers.
In fact, the structure flexes with students as they become more mature and independent in their learning. At the Logic School level (6th grade and above), the academic load requires more time in the central classroom. Parents are still provided with lesson plans for home days, but their roles gradually transitions from the role of Co-Teacher to a Guide for Dependent Study.
Represented along the left side of this diagram are the different number of weekly hours students would encounter in a classroom setting guided by a professional teacher. Represented along the bottom, from left to right, are the ages of students up to 18, the typical age for high school graduation. The academic benefit of gradually preparing students for direct entrance into college vs. an approach that requires significant adjustments is evident.
More importantly, however, is the UMS goal of helping to preserve and strengthen the God-ordained family relationships in which the Christian faith is most effectively fostered. According to information gathered by well-known pollster George Barna, the most critical period when 94% of all boys and girls come to a saving faith in Christ is before the age of 18; 90% before the age of 14! Only 6% will make that soul-saving decision between the age of 18 and their death. Since parents are the most influential factor in this decision, it is vital that models of education exist that recognize the significance of keeping parents involved with their children during the early, critical years of a child’s education. Represented by the shaded portion of this diagram is an indication of the additional amount of time the UMS model, in contrast to the traditional model, strives to preserve for the influence of parents. Unfortunately, if there is a breakdown in the preservation of parental influence during a child’s educational years, then it will likely be measured in lost souls.
Oak Grove is proud to be a Certified School with NAUMS (The National Association of University-Model Schools®.
Oak Grove became a Certified University-Model School® in 2011.