LCCS University-Model School® Frequently Asked Questions


Will the UMS® model work if both parents are working?
The vision for this model involves the investment of a parent’s time that is compatible with the model’s gift of time to the family. The schedule of the family must be a good fit for the UMS® to be successful. If both parents are working, the UMS® probably will not be the best fit. The traditional option typically will be the best fit for families without a parent available to support the satellite classroom (at home) during regular school hours.

What will the elementary schedule be for the UMS®?
Grades K-2 meet two days in the central classroom (on campus) and three days in the satellite classroom (at home). Grades 3-8 meet three days in the central classroom (on campus) and two days in the satellite classroom (at home). It is a 180 day program (five days a week). Kindergarten is four days per week (two days central and two days satellite). Students in K-2 are on campus on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students in grades 3-8 are on campus on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Does the UMS® secondary program have athletics and fine arts?
Yes, starting in grade six students in both the traditional and UMS® programs combine for athletics, theater, orchestra and band.

How will transportation work for the UMS®?
The UMS® central classroom hours are the same as the traditional program, 8:10 am - 2:45 pm. The LCCS shuttle transports students between the West Lampeter and Leola campuses before and after school. There are also many school districts that bus to both campuses.

Will the teachers be qualified?
The qualifications for teachers are the same as teachers in the traditional program. This is related to LCCS’ commitment to accreditation standards.

How is the curriculum determined for the UMS®?
In Living Education, LCCS values the living curriculum. It involves discipleship that is not only content-based but also focused on context. The impact of the teacher-student relationship is a key part of this process. Being an accredited school, LCCS has and continues to develop a comprehensive K-12 curriculum that is based on the school’s mission and student and graduate profiles. Curriculum decisions and selection of textbooks are made by Department heads and the principal with input from teachers. The textbooks chosen are ones that are the best fit for both the central and satellite classrooms.

Is there academic help available for struggling students?
The Assisted Learning program at LCCS will remain in the traditional model. The UMS® elementary students have access to speech, reading, and math support through the IU13.

Are scholarships available for the UMS®?
Yes. Families in both models can apply for a scholarship using the Private School Aid Service application. Only one application per family is required, regardless of the number of children in the family and which model they will attend. All scholarships are based on financial need. Scholarships rarely exceed 25% of tuition.

What are the payment options for the UMS®?
Payment plans are the same, regardless of the model chosen. Parents may pay in full in August, pay half in August and half in January, pay over 10 months August - May, or pay over 12 months July - June.

How many hours will a parent be required to facilitate the students (K-6) in the satellite classroom (at home) per day?  
Kindergarten: 1.5-2hours; 1st and 2nd: 2-3 hours; 3rd-6th 3-4.5 hours; 7th-8th: 4-5 hours; 9th-10th: 5 hours.
                                                                             
Do the UMS® students have field trips?
Field trips will be limited during central classroom days, but field trips and class outing will be organized by room moms, working closely with teachers, during satellite days.

Does the UMS®offer specials such as P.E., Art and Music?
Yes, specials will be offered. Kindergarten-2nd (Art, Music, Physical Education, Library); 3rd-8th (Art, Music, Physical Education, Information Literacy, Computer); 9th-10th (various electives provided)

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