College-Style School

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 29 2007 Jun 29, 2007 Friday, June 29, 2007 5:42:09 PM CDT June 29, 2007 in News

School isn't completely off of Megan Moore's mind. That's because she plans to attend the new Lighthouse Preparatory Academy in the Fall.

"Two of my best friends will be attending with me, so that's exciting," said Moore.

It's in Jefferson City and a university model school, open to students in sixth through twelfth grades. A university model school design is similar in the way college students go to class. Students have different classes on different days. The school also expects a high degree of involvement from parents.

"About sixth grade when kids hit that middle school time, there seems to be for some families a need for something different, so we just try to look at what the needs were in the area and that's where middle school starts in Jefferson City so we thought that would be a good place to start with sixth grade," said Mary Alexander, faculty member at Lighthouse Predatory Academy.

All of the learning takes place at Columbia College's Jefferson City location. Classrooms carry overhead projectors, white boards, televisions, and DVD players. What makes this school so different from others in the area is how students attend classes taught by professional instructors three days a week. On the other two days, parents teach their kids. That's a big deal for parents like Chris Moore.

"We gave it a lot of thought because our kid has always been in public school, so it's a big change for us," said Moore.

A change in which the Moores believe is a good one. They say parental involvement is one of the positives they looked at with the school. And both the student and parents have to get used to the one-on-one teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"I'll have to be there on those two days, so my other activities will have to be worked around that," said Chris Moore.

Instructors communicate with parents using hand-outs, e-mail and conferences. Faculty members like Stephanie Herrick have a lot to say about the opening of the academy.

"I think that will be good for the community, the state, the nation and world. We'll see how far it goes," said Herrick.

And for Megan Moore, that journey starts at a new location this Fall. The school opens for classes on August 20th. Informational meetings will be held on July 9th and 24th at Columbia College in Jefferson City at 7 pm. Applications for admission are accepted through the beginning of the school year.

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