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11/30/04-Tyler

Kings Academy: A Home School University

This is Kings Academy in Tyler. They've only been open for a semester, but they are on the cutting edge of home school academia. This colorful classroom is full of home school students who are taking classes in subjects ranging from math and science, to drama.

"We get to do plays and that's really fun cause I am really dramatic," says Perri, a 5th grader at the school.

The school is based on a university model. Elementary students take courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Junior and senior high on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The students take as many classes as they like, and then are home schooled on their off days.

"It's a collaboration between home and school environment when parents still have majority of control we just work alongside the parent," says Elementary School Principal Lana Snear. Parents, like Cindy Laird who teaches at Kings Academy, and has 5 kids enrolled there, says the school is a great help, especially for her older kids who need to take advanced classes.

"It's like I have a backup of a teacher here giving them the foundational stuff and I can teach them at home so you don't lose that private part of home school you love so much and yet you have the benefits of what you may not be able to offer," says Cindy.

Plus it gives the kids a chance for socializing, something critics often say home schooling lacks.

"At home school it was just me and my brother and sister and I couldn't make friends there cause it was just my family," says Perri.

"I like listening to our teacher and getting to interact with other kids instead of just being at home and doing your work," says student Austin Hall.

Providing these students with a competitive environment that parents say doesn't take away their own personal touch.

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