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FAQs



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Does the Prenda math and language arts have any religious content or is it completely secular?

What do Prenda math and language arts programs look like from a home viewpoint?

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The Prenda math and language arts online-learning components are "subscribed to" from a company in Arizona that provides micro-schools in connection to government supported charter-school systems in Arizona, Colorado, and New Hampshire (Prenda.com).  Please look at their website for more information.  In Utah they are provided through private micro-schools who subscribe to their math and language arts programs for a blended learning option with the math and language arts being done on-line at the child's home or at another person's home.  Therefore, they are completely secular in all their materials.  Students using the Prenda math and language arts online programs can be counted towards charter schools like MyTechHigh in Utah as they are completely secular. 

"Private school students may enroll in public schools for dual enrollment purposes and participate in any academic activity subject to the same rules applicable to full-time students. Utah Code Annotated (Utah Code Ann.) §53A-11-102.5."

The at home online learning is monitored by the teachers daily and followed up on in GPS (guide, parent, student) meetings, at school, and whenever the parent, teacher, or student expresses a need.  We provide Zoom meetings where the student can do their online blended learning with the teacher in one-one one tutoring until they are able to use the software independently.  Each student is evaluated right after they register to attend MRA with the on-line program i-ready.  This program helps the teacher, parent, and student to decide on the which is the best learning platform for the student.  There are several options for both math and language arts to choose from.  If a program is not working well for a student, a quick GPS meeting is held to look at the other options and make a change if desired. 

We support the students in developing the skills of self motivation, lofty academic goals, and an independent work ethic towards their own education.  Students are ultimately free to choose how far they will go each year in their academic growth.  Most students naturally want to soar and after a few bumps in learning how to drive their own education, ultimately succeed.

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What are one-room schools, micro-schools, and learning pods?

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These are all terms used to describe a small class with mixed ages.  They are found in private buildings all over the country.  Some may look like a classic one-room school of years past.  Some are tucked away in private homes or churches.  Others look like a modern office building.  They all are power-houses of academic learning. Our little school will be starting in a home.

Meadow Ridge Academy caps class size at 12 students. These small-size classes allow for individualized focus on each child by the teacher.

I finished my teaching certificate in the One-Room School Method from Aletheia Christian College in June of 2021 (aletheiachristian.org).  Using this model allows for the teacher to mentor her students over a longer period of time. She is able to nurture and guide her students’ strengths and interests over the course of not just one academic year, but over several years. The teacher, parents, and student form a multi-year working partnership focused on the the child. This allows deeper commitment to the mastery of specific academics skills and subjects.  The teacher knows her students’ struggles and works with parents to develop a plan to tackle those areas and develop mastery.  She is focused on helping her students take off and soar with their academic talents.

The multi-age classroom also encourages individual mastery of academic skills and subjects as each student works at their own pace and level. (More about Mastery Based Learning)

Research has found that students in multi-age classrooms have better social skills and can academically advance at a quicker pace if they choose. They also learn personal responsibility, pride in their schoolwork, and how to work independently. The students are either looking up to older classmates who are working at more advanced levels, or are deepening their learning as they cheer on and support those who are younger.  The students are invested in each others academic success.  Collaboration on projects, and creativity in personal work is nutured at every level of learning.

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What grades will be taught in your one-room school?

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We currently have grades 5th through 8th in person.  These grades are refered to as the "Logic Stage" in Classical education.  We are hoping each new year to be opening an additional grade older.  We will add additional classes as appropriately trained teachers and mentors are added to our academy.  If you student is in grades 9th through 12th grades, call to see about personalized learning options. 

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What does the application process involve?

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The application process begins with clicking the "Join" button at the top of the homepage.  When we receive your contact information, we will contact you to set up an interview.  During the interview the teacher, parent, and child will meet to determine if Meadow Ridge Academy is an appropriate fit for your child.  Within five business days after the interview you will receive an email with the teacher's decision about your child's acceptance.  If your child is accepted, an appointment during the summer will be made to meet at the school for curriculum placement testing.  There is a $150 registration fee to cover the cost of annual evaluations, curriculum placement, and paperwork.

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What are the options for home school students?

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Home school students are an important part of our academy.  Once we fill minimum class requirements with full-time students, we open our classes to home school students seeking core academic classes and Latin.  We provide transcripts for these classes.  These are paid by individual class topic.  Please contact us for more information.

We also provide a Powered by Prenda blended option that allows your child to do their language arts and math online at home through Prenda.com, then join us four days a week for a half day program that covers history, science, literature, and creative/innovative time.  An additional fifth day is available for one-on-one mentoring appointments. 

We also provide proctored testing for the Stanford Achievement Test, ACT (pending), CLT, DORA, ADAM, and PEERS to homeschool students in the summer, fall and spring.  We do not release test results to anyone outside the school besides parents and students unless you request with a signed release. There is also testing provided through Prenda if you decide on that route.  We don't have control over what Prenda does with their test results.

Finally, we provide homeschool curriculum advising to families free of charge during the summer.  During the school year there is a minimal fee of $20.00 per hour.

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What is the Principal Approach to teaching?

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The Principle Approach “places the Truth of God’s Word at the heart of education in every subject” (FACE.net). The scriptures also help teachers, parents, and children see the importance of learning through study and experience. These following verses eloquently help us to focus on this need for all children.

Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Alma 37:35 - O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.

Alma 38:9 - And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.

Luke 2:52 - And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

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Is your school Christian?

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Yes, our school is Christian and teaches from a Judeo-Christian perspective.  We use the the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as scripture.  All faiths are welcome to apply.

The Prenda math and language arts options are provided by an outside online learning platform and are secular.

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What is a Classical Education?

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A Classical Education introduces students to the “great conversation” where they are able to read, discuss, and write about the great works of literature, history, science, math, and ideas. They learn grammar and how to write and speak with confidence; their science curriculum is rich and hands on; and they discover the unique and wonderful history of their country within the chronicle of the world. (https://welltrainedmind.com/a/classical-education/?v=7516fd43adaa )

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What is the tuition for a full-time student?

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Since we have several educational options, there are several tution options. 

If you are doing the Powered by Prenda option, tuition is $350.00 per month August through May.  This option has the students using Prenda.com materials for math and language arts at home and attending in person four afternoons per week for science, history, literature, and Create time.  There is a fifth day for individual mentoring appointments. 

For the Logic Stage, grades 5th through 8th full-time students, the tuition is $5990 per year.  A payment plan can be made from June through May at $500 per month.  We also have an August through May plan at $599 per month.  We have a family discount for those with more than one child in our school.  Please email us about other payment plan options at [email protected] 

*Watch for discounts listed on our website.

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Do you have the resources to teach a child with special needs?

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Being a small private one-room school, Meadow Ridge Academy is not equipped to work with children with severe emotional, cognitive, or physical challenges. Please email us with any questions about mild to moderate special needs of your children.  [email protected]

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Who will be teaching my children?

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Annamarie Reed has lived a life full of learning, teaching, and celebrating her students' successes.  She began with a degree in Comparative Literature from BYU where she focused on Spanish and English.  She also has a Plant Science/Horticulture degree from USU and a teaching certificate in The One Room School House Method from Aletheia Christian College.  Being a one room school teacher requires a teacher to be well rounded in all academic areas.

Annamarie is also a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor through PATH Int.  She received her training and taught at Healing Strides of Virginia in Roanoke, VA.  She also taught at Courage Reins in Highland, UT.  She maintains her certification with PATH.

Annamarie worked in Early Intervention for the Provo School District and has worked as a classroom aide in the Jordan School District.

Annamarie's future plans include acquiring a masters degree in Classical Education.

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Can I be a parent voluteer at the school or help out in some other way while my child is a student at Meadow Ridge Academy?

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Yes.  Meadow Ridge Academy needs and wants parents to work with us as a team in education.  We value parent involvement.  We believe the parent has the primary responsibility for the education and upbringing of their children.  We see ourselves as a resource for the family to achieve that responsibility.  At the summer curriculum evaluation interview we will ask parents how they want to be involved and find ways for them to help support the mission of Meadow Ridge Academy.

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Is there a waitlist?

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Meadow Ridge Academy will maintain a waitlist after the classroom has filled. If an opening becomes available the waitlist will be consulted.  At the end of each school year, those currently enrolled with Meadow Ridge Academy will have the first opportunity to register for the next school year. Please stay in contact with us so we know of your continued interest.