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Course Difficulty (Rigor) and Workload

How much time does a TPS course take each week?

Our courses are designed to prepare students for top colleges, universities and careers. It is our mission to provide academically rigorous courses from a biblical worldview, because we want our students to know they are ready to do well when they get to college and beyond. We consistently hear from our graduates that in the subjects they took from TPS, they were far better prepared than their peers.

Our courses are academically rigorous, but we keep the workload achievable. We design our courses so an average hard-working student can carry five TPS courses and one major activity (music, sports, debate) — plus family and church activities — working six days per week and taking one “Sabbath” day off. We design our high school courses so that an average student working 8-10 hours per week total work (includes class time, exams, papers, homework, study time) will earn an average grade (around 85%, or a high B). Stronger students in that subject, or students who work harder, will see higher grades. Along these same lines, we design our middle school (junior high) courses to take 6-8 hours per week, our elementary school courses to take 4-6 hours per week, and our AP courses to take 10-12 hours per week (includes time for AP exam study at a steady pace during the course).

For all assignments in a course, TPS provides students reasonable time to complete assignments outside of breaks and Sabbath days. This “reasonable time” is based on when students are given the assignment relative to when it is due. Students are expected to plan and manage their work flow, milestones and personal completion dates to submit all work by the due dates (an essential skill for college and career). As a courtesy to students and families, a TPS course may assign a due date that allows an assignment or exam to be carried over into a break. However, no assignment will require work over a break or Sabbath for the student who manages work flow, milestones and personal completion dates. Some assignments (e.g., mid-term and final exams) are cumulative, and students should prepare for them by planning review time spread out during the weeks or months prior (another essential skill for college and career). TPS courses do not commit extended dedicated time to prepare for for cumulative exams.

We are committed to providing top-quality academic classes with a biblical worldview, and we are committed to helping our students do well in them.