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Academics

Faculty & Staff

Background & Affiliations

Student Life

Discipline

Parental Involvement

 

 

ACADEMICS

What grade levels does Providence Academy offer?
Providence Academy offers a full academic program for preschool through twelfth grade.

What hours do your grade levels meet?

      • 3-year-old Preschool: Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:55-11:10 a.m. (not offered in 16/17 school year)
      • Junior Kindergarten: Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings 7:55-11:10 a.m., or afternoons 12:00-3:15 p.m.
      • Kindergarten: Monday – Friday 7:55-2:30, with after school care available until 3:15
      • 1st – 6th Grade: Monday – Friday 7:55-:3:15
      • 7th – 12th Grade: Monday – Friday 7:30-:3:15

Why is your kindergarten academic?
Providence Academy is proud of its academic focus. Students are here to learn and each grade prepares for the next. It is our goal that all first graders enter the year with the ability to read and do simple arithmetic. We would not be able to achieve this without an academic kindergarten.

What are the classes offered and curriculum used at Providence Academy?

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What is the student-teacher ratio?
Providence Academy’s general policy is to have no more than fifteen students per class in Preschool – 2nd grade and eighteen students per class in 3rd – 8th grade. This low ratio is very beneficial to the students in that it allows significant personal attention from our teachers.

Do children need to be talented and gifted to attend here?
We believe in setting standards that will stretch students to reach their fullest potential –intellectually and spiritually. We regret that it is too often the case that “Christian school” and “academic rigor” do not live under the same roof. At Providence Academy we are committed to an instructional program that promotes both academic excellence and spiritual depth. That being said, most students adjust well to Providence. Providence Academy serves many students with a range of academic abilities. Work ethic, rather than intelligence, is the more critical factor toward success at Providence. At Providence, students hit the ground running at 7:50 a.m. and work hard until 3:15 p.m. Those who stay on task do fine and have minimal homework. Those who use their time less wisely have more homework. Any hard-working student will thrive at Providence.

Is tutoring available?
Providence does not sponsor any formal tutoring program. Teachers are under no obligation to tutor, but have the right to tutor individual students if they desire.

How are students graded at Providence Academy?
Providence adheres to the following grading scale. (Grades 1 and 2 use both grading scales.)

Grading Key for K – 2 Grading Key for 1 – 12
     O = Outstanding– exceeding expectations         93-100 = A – Outstanding Performance
     S = Satisfactory –meeting expectations         85-92 = B – Above Average
     I = Improvement has been shown. Continued time, effort and practice needed.          75-84 = C – Average
        70-74 = D – Below Average
     U = Unsatisfactory –needs to improve         -69 = F – Unsatisfactory Progress

Parents are kept apprised of student performance regularly and frequently. Report cards are issued quarterly for the grammar school and at trimesters in the logic and rhetoric school.

Do Providence classes go on field trips?
Yes, Providence Academy schedules multiple field trips during the school year.

Why do you teach logic?
Logic is the foundation of all analytic thinking. By studying the formal principles of logic, students are prepared to critically dissect the assumptions, statements, and conclusions of any subject. We live in a complex world with a broad spectrum of worldviews. We want our students to be able to rationally appraise any argument they encounter.

Why do you teach Latin?
Latin instruction is offered in the third through seventh grade at Providence Academy. We believe there are at least five solid reasons for classical language study in our school:

1.  Latin reveals a great deal about English and greatly enhances the student’s powers of expression in his native language.

2.  Latin develops and deepens the student’s understanding of and appreciation for literature.

3.  Latin provides an understanding of the classical impact on our modern culture.

4.  Latin trains the student in the essentials of scientific method: observation, comparison, and generalization.

5.  Latin provides a wonderful foundation for the study of other languages.

Why do you teach subjects such as Egyptian and Middle Age history in the elementary grades?
In classical schools, the focus is more on how to learn rather than what to learn. Thus, classical schools choose specific sub-topics to build skills for studying the subject as a whole. For instance, we use Latin to teach the skills for mastering any foreign language. In history, we use Western Civilization to teach the skills for studying any epoch of history. In order to properly prepare students for upper-level work in Western Civilization, the significant names, dates, places, and people of Western Civilization, must be mastered in elementary school.

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FACULTY & STAFF

Are the teachers at Providence Academy certified to teach in the state of Wisconsin?
Although a number of our teachers are state certified, state certification is not a requirement for employment at our school. We are a private academic institution with a distinct set of standards for our teachers. We require each of our teachers to be active and faithful Christians, to have a true love for teaching children, to be committed to the classical model of education, and finally to have a love of learning and a passion for their subjects. Degrees and credentials are certainly important, but they alone do not make great teachers. For more information on the degrees and certifications of our various teachers, please see the “Faculty & Staff” page on our Web site.
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BACKGROUND & AFFILIATIONS

What’s your history and background?
The 1993-1994 school year was our first year of operation. A small core of families started the school with a vision for a Christian school that was committed to academic excellence. In 1994, Providence became a charter member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools.

Is your school associated with a denomination or area church?
Providence Academy is a nonaffiliated and nondenominational school. We are a distinctively 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 Evangelical Christianity. We draw students from a wide-variety of area churches.

Is Providence Academy accredited with any organization?
Providence Academy has joined the Association of Classical and Christian Schools and is taking steps to meet the accrediting requirements of this organization. We hope to complete the accreditation process in 2017.

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STUDENT LIFE

Do you have extra-curricular activities and a sports program?
Yes, Providence Academy offers choir, band, drama and sports, including basketball, track & field, cross country, soccer and volleyball. Extracurricular activities are offered on the basis of parent and student interest and, therefore, may vary from year to year. Providence Academy also puts on a Christmas program and students participate in a Spring Recital.

What kind of lunch program do you offer?
Hot lunch is available five days a week at a reasonable cost. A microwave is available to heat food brought from home.

Is it hard to adjust to a small school?
Student adjustment varies with the personality of the student. Our students generally enjoy the small, family atmosphere of our school.

Is public school bus transportation available to my children?
Busing is available for families that live in the Green Bay, Howard-Suamico and Ashwaubenon School Districts.
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DISCIPLINE

What is the discipline policy at Providence Academy?
The standards for student behavior are very high at Providence. We have no tolerance for disrespect, dishonesty, rebellion, fighting, and obscene language. We do not practice corporal punishment, believing it to be the parent’s responsibility, we do have a set of discipline guidelines that are strictly followed. The goal of all discipline at Providence is Christ-likeness and is exercised in a spirit of grace and compassion. Parental involvement and cooperation in disciplinary matters is expected and strongly emphasized at Providence. For complete details please see the Policy Handbook.

What is the school’s policy regarding dress codes and uniforms?
Providence Academy does not require grammar students to wear uniforms, but we do have a specific dress code. Upper school students have a uniform dress code. As with all Providence policies, our objective is simply to minimize distractions in the classroom. For more information please see the Policy Handbook.

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PARENT GROUP

Does Providence Academy have a Parent-Teacher group?
Yes, Providence Academy has a Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) that meets about once a month and requires at least one parent per family to be in attendance. PTF meetings provide an opportunity for parents, teachers, and board members to meet each other, to discuss and plan initiatives, and to learn about aspects of classical education.

There is a time of prayer before the business part of each meeting. Business includes finding out how the parents and teachers can work together to make the school run smoothly, such as organizing volunteers for various functions, fund raisers and special events throughout the year (Christmas Program, etc.). PTF also uses funds raised to purchase supplies and equipment for the school.

Is participation in fundraisers mandatory?
In order to help keep tuition costs at a minimum, we require every family to raise $500 per school year through personal fund raising efforts. Half must be raised by December 31, with the remaining half due May 31. Parents may “opt-out” and simply have the amount added to their February and May tuition payments. If your family does not reach the required fund raising goal, the amount not funded will be added to the following month’s bill.

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Involvement in Providence Academy
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

As a support and extension of the family unit, Providence Academy considers the family to be of first importance to a child. God, through His Word, the Bible, indicates that the family is the most important human institution He designed. We strive to support the family and respect parental authority and responsibility in all we do. Providence Academy believes in the concept of “in loco parentis” – in the place of the parent. At the core of our philosophy of education is the conviction that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. We see ourselves as “subcontractors” of the parents. The parents are the contractors – the ones who are responsible for getting the job done. Our authority and our task are delegated to us from the parent. Therefore, we strongly encourage parental involvement in our school. We work hard at communicating with our parents to keep them abreast of their child’s progress -academically, spiritually and behaviorally. At Providence we are continually seeking ways to actively involve the parents, siblings, and grandparents of our students in the programs of the school.

Below are just a few of the more common ways this is done. Please feel free to ask if you would like to try additional ideas. You may:

      • Visit the school/class at any time. (Simply call ahead out of courtesy to the teacher).
      • Assist in the classroom, regularly or infrequently. Arrangements should be made with the teacher concerned.
      • Act as chaperone on field trips.
      • Serve as a story-reader, song-leader (in K-3), guest artist or offer your special talents.
      • With permission and arrangements with the teacher, present your vocation to the class or invite them to your place of business.
      • Share your experience, trips, vacations as they may relate to an area of study in a class.
      • Help host class parties, at home or in the classroom.
      • Attend all Parent-Teacher Conferences. Informal conferences may be held anytime at the parent’s request.
      • Closely monitor and praise your child’s progress by reading all teacher notes and papers sent home.
      • Communicate your ideas for school improvement and comments regarding the school program to the administration. We want to hear from you.
      • Volunteer your time and effort to help with the school’s fundraisers.
      • Serve on one of the school committees (Facilities, Development).

 

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