Welcome to TPS!
"We set the bar high for you, then we help you individually to reach the bar. We make biblical excellence in labor achievable through a grace-centered process, without lowering the bar to get there."
The Potter's School (or "TPS," as we are commonly known) is committed to helping families achieve academic excellence in home education. TPS was the first and remains the most complete on-line school option. As other on-line and distance learning options have flashed and faded, we have stayed in the front, because we keep our focus on content, standards, and character, pursuing "excellence through grace" in all of these areas together.
If you're already familiar with the TPS reputation for being the leader at integrating academic scholarship and biblical worldview to prepare students for college, career, and life, then you might want to skip straight to our 2012-2013 highlights. Otherwise, read on and you will get there soon enough. :)
Live instruction and discussion - Most of us have tried self-study, recorded courses, and even forum or chat-based classes. While they all have their place, we all realize that the best instruction is live, where we can both listen and question. Audio + visual + interactivity has been the best way to learn since human learning began. TPS uses all of these mediums and more in small interactive classes to maximize your learning opportunity.
Feedback and standards - How important is detailed personal feedback to the learning process? Imagine getting to college and realizing that the straight-A's you got as a homeschooler prepared you to get low B's or C's in college, but you didn't know because you didn't take rigorous courses or get good feedback. In The Potter's School, we provide you academically rigorous courses from a biblical worldview, taught by live mentoring teachers who provide plenty of timely thorough feedback. We set the bar high for you, then we help you individually to reach the bar. As you go to college, you will know that you are ready to excel there and beyond.
Character and spiritual preparation - We help students to see their schoolwork, extracurriculars (sports, music, debate), family life (chores, family time and events), and church life (community and ministry) as an integrated process of labor that is all to be done in excellence as unto the Lord. We plan and adjust the workload in our courses to support this approach, maintaining high academic and biblical standards. We make biblical excellence in labor achievable through a grace-centered process, without lowering the bar to get there.
Diploma and Accreditation - Though most U.S. homeschoolers don't need an external diploma or accredited transcript, some states require it, and most countries outside the U.S. require students to be enrolled in a program that leads to a diploma with accredited transcript. TPS not only provides excellent individual courses to homeschoolers, co-ops, and schools worldwide, we also offer standard and honors diploma programs, with fully accredited transcripts. Any student of any nationality living anywhere in the world can pursue a TPS high school diploma with fully accredited transcript that is recognized worldwide.