Secondary

At Denton Calvary Academy students in sixth through twelfth grades attend classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and work at home under the direction of their parents on Tuesday and Thursday.

Secondary curriculum varies by subject depending on grade level.  We use a mixture of Christian and secular textbooks.  All curriculum is taught from a biblical world view.  Refer to the booklist for more specific information.

Your role as a UMS secondary parent is extremely important!  Although your children are nearing adulthood, they are not yet adults, and you should not give them total responsibility for their education.  You must stay involved, continue to invest in your children and their education, and hold your children accountable.  This will take time.  Be aware of the crucial role you play.

Middle School 6-8
Guide for Dependent Study:
Students are at a dependent age where disciplined study habits must be developed through positive encouragement and through the student’s growing awareness of personal consequences.  You are to make certain that your son or daughter keeps up with the course material assigned and communicate to the instructor if difficulties should arise.  In some cases, private tutoring might be necessary.  In order for these classes to be successful, parents should consistently help their child achieve the stated unit goals by supervising study, insuring that assignments are completed in a timely fashion, reviewing and discussing content, and helping the student remain organized and orderly with study materials.  You must know your children and understand their abilities so that you will know how to help and what supervision to offer.  Help them to understand what it means for them to study independently.  It is important to remember that this will be different for every child. (Not all students are ready for independence at the same age or grade level. Do not give too much independence too soon). Review their assignment sheet with them.  Make sure they understand what is expected and ask if there are any questions, and allow them to attempt the assignment on their own.  If help is needed, be available to assist.  It is important to closely monitor their completion of assignments and their comprehension and progress in the class throughout this time to determine if more supervision and assistance is needed.

High School 9-12
There are several roles you will fulfill as parents of 9th through 12th grade students.  These include being:

  •        A guide for dependent study
  •        A guide for independent study
  •        Course monitor
  •        A project assistant

 

As a guide for dependent study:
You are to make certain that your son or daughter keeps up with the course material assigned and communicate to the instructor if difficulties should arise.  In some cases, private tutoring might be necessary.  Students are at a dependent age where disciplined study habits must be developed through positive encouragement and through the students’ growing awareness of personal consequences.  Know your children and understand their abilities so that you will know how to help and what supervision to offer.  Help them to understand what it means for them to study independently.  Review their assignment sheet with them.  Make sure they understand what is expected and ask if there are any questions; allow them to attempt the assignment on their own.  If help is needed, be available to assist.  It is important to closely monitor their completion of assignments and their comprehension and progress in the class throughout this time to determine if more supervision and assistance is needed.  Do not give too much independence.

As a guide for independent study:
You will have the opportunity to monitor the independent schoolwork performed by your child by providing additional guidance as needed.  By 11th and 12th grade independent study skills and disciplined planning for completing homework assignments is increasingly necessary.  Courses offered will mimic that of a Jr. College program where independent study, research skills, time-management, a strong work ethic, and self-discipline are essential.  This is the time when your children should hold primary responsibility for their schoolwork to facilitate ease of transition into college.

As a course monitor:
You will track the progress of your son or daughter and monitor how well they are doing in courses that involve equipment or expertise which necessitates that teaching be done in the classroom.  Examples of these courses would be science labs, computer, foreign language, and extra-curricular activities.  This role will require the least amount of time by the parent, but its importance cannot be understated.  Parents need to show an interest and express this to their child.  Are they becoming discouraged?  Are they enjoying the class?  What are the activities being done each day in class?  What are they learning?

As a project assistant:
The primary responsibility of the parent is to track the progress of their son or daughter and to monitor how well they are doing.  They need to have a sincere interest in their children’s class activities and express that interest to their children.  Furthermore, help at home might be needed occasionally in support of a particular project.  Parents should be available to offer this assistance which might include driving your children to the library, helping them gather materials for a project, assisting your children in finding resources, etc.  Make sure your children are taking the primary responsibility and ownership in the project while you supervise and assist, so that your children are learning through the experience.