Paragon Christian Academy is committed to the belief that learning rather than teaching is the vital issue in education and that learning must be based on scriptural rather than secular principles. Because Biblical truths permeate the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum used, pupils benefit both in terms of academic training and character development.
Another advantage to pupils using the ACE system is that material is not bound in large textbooks. Instead, each subject is presented in small booklets called PACE’s enabling each pupil to master the material for themselves at their own personal working pace. The knowledge in a PACE follows upon what the child has learned in the previous PACE’s. In this way, he or she is constantly adding to a store of knowledge.
PACE’s allow children to progress steadily through the curriculum, building a firm base of understanding. Advancement to new material is not permitted until testing demonstrates that the pupils have thoroughly comprehended all material contained in a previous PACE.
Capable children may advance without being held back by those who need more time to learn. The staff are released by our method to devote more time to each child. In a conventional classroom, teachers instruct the entire class at one time, which necessarily limits the attention they can give individually to each child. In our Learning Centre, pupils are busy working at their own speed on PACE’s at the right level for their ability.
If a child is unable to solve a problem he can call on the teacher for help. The teacher then works carefully with the child, helping him to find the answer to his problem. Since such instruction is private, the pupil is encouraged to ask questions, which he might find embarrassing to ask in front of a class. There is therefore a free exchange of ideas between teacher and pupil. The student then really learns.
“Pupils’ achievement is good. This owes much to the good quality of teaching and the focused curriculum that ensure that, from an early age, pupils acquire a good range of skills and knowledge that are systematically built on as the pupils move through the school.” Ofsted