Paideia meets 8am – 12:15pm, Monday through Friday. Although classes are only half day, students will have work assigned to be completed at home that will make their academic workload the same as that of a full day school.
For an average student, the amount of time spent each day completing the home portion of their schoolwork is:
Kindergarten: 20 minutes
First Grade: 1 – 1.5 hours
Second Grade: 1.5-2 hours
Third Grade: 1.5-2 hours
Fourth Grade: 2-2.5 hours
Fifth Grade: 2-2.5 hours
Sixth Grade: 2-2.5 hours
Seventh Grade: 2.5-3 hours
Eighth Grade: 2.5-3 hours
(Please note that students who are below grade level in a subject and/or have a learning disability will likely have longer homework times.)
The half day class schedule at Paideia provides a unique learning environment with many benefits. With students spending only four hours at school, they have the opportunity to be more focused during those hours. Younger students, still developing character traits like obedience and respectfulness, have time for these to be instilled by their parents at home as well as by their teachers at school. As students grow older, the necessity of completing some of their studies at home will allow them to develop self-discipline, responsibility, and independent learning skills. In addition to this, the half day class schedule allows for more flexibility for scheduling extra-curricular activities such as private music lessons.
Our families, especially those from a home school background, have greatly enjoyed this half day schedule. Students receive the benefit of a classroom setting with a dedicated teacher, and parents receive the opportunity to be fully involved in their children’s education.