In the summer of 2000, a group of families met together to discuss the need for a new alternative in education. At that time, several of the families agreed to work together to start a new school that would meet the educational needs in our community. They envisioned a school where students are taught and discipled in a caring Christian environment by a team of professional Christian educators and parents who value higher moral and academic standards.
Through prayer and research, an educational model, called the University-Model® School (UM), was found. This model was being used at Grace Preparatory Academy (GPA) in Arlington, Texas, which opened its doors in 1992. After much prayer and consideration, and the willingness of GPA to share their wealth of information, the decision was made to open the doors of Wylie Preparatory Academy in the fall of 2001. Since that time, the continued interest in University Model® schooling necessitated the creation of the National Association of University Model® Schools (NAUMS). This association was organized to help network, resource, and serve the growing number of schools. There are currently over 80 University-Model® Schools across the country.
Wylie Prep is a concrete expression of this new educational model, University-Model® Schooling, in which two proven elements of educational success – the professional instruction of a classroom teacher and the one-on-one instruction and/or guidance of each student’s parent – are combined in a single, unified, college-simulated program. Other proven elements, which are part of this school’s programming, include low student/teacher ratios, hands-on learning, a strong work ethic for students, effective curriculum, and local school operation and management. The school serves elementary, middle school, and high school academic needs as well as providing extra-curricular opportunities. Wylie Preparatory Academy started in 2001 with grades 1 – 6, adding one level per year to establish a fully developed program of grades 1 – 12 in the fall of 2007. The addition of kindergarten in the fall of 2011 gave Wylie Preparatory Academy a full program serving grades K – 12.
Wylie Preparatory Academy demonstrates that it is indeed possible for both parents and teachers to effectively work together for the common goal of providing God’s children with a quality education.
Wylie Preparatory Academy is recognized as a Foundational Charter School through NAUMS. This title is given to those University-Model® schools who received their certification status during the first, or foundational, year of the NAUMS certification process. Wylie Preparatory Academy was awarded SACS CASI accreditation through the AdvancED accrediting agency in June 2010 and reaccredited June 2015.