What is the difference between a homeschool co-op and a University-Model School®?
University-Model Schools® and homeschool co-ops share similar core principles but differ significantly in structure and scope. University-Model® Schools (UMS) provide professional administration and trained faculty responsible for curriculum and instruction but partner with parents or family members to deliver instruction.
UMS offers specific grade levels, consistent accountability from semester to semester, collaborative planning, and a full spectrum of courses with prerequisites and diploma plans. Generally speaking, homeschool co-ops are age-integrated with varied curriculum and typically administrated by parents.
How does communication take place between parents and teachers?
Communication between teachers and parents is key to success in a UMS®. The parent and faculty roles are defined for each course providing parents with the required level of assistance for their student. Weekly lesson plans and projects are prepared by the UMS® faculty and uploaded online including detailed instructions for parents. Parents are trained and equipped to deliver instruction faculty collaborate with parents on student achievement goals and strategies.
Will a UMS® model work for a family with both parents working full-time outside the home?
One of the most important components in the success of the University- Model® is the availability of a parent or family member to instruct and facilitate lessons plans and projects on both satellite and classroom days. Parents who both work full-time would likely find it difficult to accommodate the requirements of the parent-faculty collaboration.