At a Glance
The Kingdom Prep Story
Kingdom Preparatory Academy (KPA) is a classical, Christian, University-Model® School, organized to establish a partnership with parents. KPA equips students for life by promoting godly character, building excellence in academics, and encouraging self-discipline and motivation. We seek to develop the whole child – academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically – through an educational format utilizing both trained classroom instruction and individualized parent involvement.
KPA’s Grammar School (Pre-K through 5th grade) students attend core academic classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and enrichment classes on Fridays. Students in the School of Logic (6th through 8th grades) attend classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Alternate days are spent in the satellite classroom at home, working on school-directed studies with the guidance of their parents. School of Rhetoric students (9th through 12th grades) enjoy a true university-style schedule where courses are taken either on an MWF or T/Th schedule.
Kingdom Preparatory Academy was established to provide a new approach to education in the city of Lubbock and the surrounding West Texas area. KPA was designed on the foundation of the Christian University-Model® School (UMS), which takes the best aspects of traditional, full time public and private schools, as well as home schools, and molds them into one model. At KPA, parents and teachers work together to cultivate in each student a life-long love of learning and a pursuit of moral and academic excellence for the purpose of bringing glory to God alone.
Kingdom Preparatory Academy originated in January 2000, when seven families, led by Jared and Dana Squires, began exploring the idea of bringing a new concept in education to Lubbock, Texas. These families desired a Christian-based education for their children but still wanted to be an integral part of their school day. The University-Model® School appeared to be the ideal fit to accomplish the families’ goals, and work began on the development of the school immediately. Kingdom Preparatory Academy received its Certificate of Incorporation from the state of Texas on January 31, 2001 and was classified as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation by the IRS on May 3, 2002.
With help from the National Association of University-Model® Schools, Kingdom Preparatory Academy opened its doors on August 20, 2002, to twenty-four students in 3rd through 6th grades, with a staff of seven teachers. It was located in downtown Lubbock at the First Presbyterian Church. In the summer of 2004, KPA moved to a more centrally located church at 98th Street & Memphis Avenue (First Assembly of God) and experienced an immediate increase in enrollment. Due to steady enrollment growth and need for additional classrooms, the school moved again in the summer of 2007 to its current location. KPA has been blessed to lease space from the First Church of the Nazarene in Lubbock, Texas, for the past 12 years.