From the very beginning, homeschool families have been an important part of our program, and we are committed to maintaining options for homeschool participation. Our wait list has been closed for the past year as we focus on the needs of our current community and work out the best way to support the different needs of the homeschool and full-time students. We're delighted to say that we've settled on a program that meets all our criteria and brings a rich program to our homeschool students without compromising the needs of our full-time students to advance at a quicker pace and in a more formal way.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, we are splitting the homeschool class into its own group in the mornings during Main Lesson in order to allow for a separate and focused pedagogical progression focused on citizen science and environmental education. After Main Lesson, homeschool students are integrated into the full-time class at their grade level. The homeschool program is a twice-weekly program, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A sample daily schedule might be:
7:30 ~ Extended care options with wholesome breakfast available
8:15 ~ Morning drop off window; students arrive to the playground to get out some social and physical energy before the day begins
8:50 ~ Whole-school circle starts the day with a connective, community-focused moment
9:00 ~ Homeschool students proceed to the forest classroom, learning farm, or pondside classroom for Main Lesson, or perhaps take a hike out through the marsh to the beaver dam with their notebooks. This lesson will weave together language arts, hands-on math, and natural sciences with a focus on environmental education.
10:45 ~ Foreign language class (Spanish and Mandarin, each once a week)
11:30 ~ Music class (early elementary students learn the pentatonic and diatonic flutes, and upper elementary students choose either violin, viola, or cello)
12:15 ~ Lunch and recess. Students can eat school lunch or bring their own.
1:00 ~ Fine or practical arts class (May include watercolor painting, drawing, sculpture, metal working, wood working, knitting and fiber arts, basket making, etc.)
1:45 ~ Presentation time for students to share book reports or research projects in an environment of emotional support and high standards.
2:45 ~ Classroom chores (Sweeping, watering plants, rolling hand towels for the following day -- caring for our spaces builds competence, community, and self-esteem!)
3:00 ~ Dismissal to playground for afternoon pickup.
3:30 ~ Optional afternoon clubs are held during extended care, including chess, yoga, fencing, basketball, and more.
6:00 ~ Extended care program ends.
The total cost for this annual program is $4,100, meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays following our school calendar. There is an annual supply fee of $180. A $375 work bond is payable on enrollment and refundable on completion of a volunteer requirement of 15 hours per year per family.
Visit the school to see our dynamic curriculum and approach in action! Join us for one of three homeschool open houses, to be held at 9:30am on Thursday, March 22, Monday, March 26th, or Thursday, April 12.
Complete the application for admissions, which includes information about your student and family, and requires a $100 application fee. Applications are due by Friday, April 20th.
Schedule an observation day for your student to participate in the life of the school, on either April 30th or May 3rd.
Complete a family interview to review application packet and identify any potential needs or considerations. Both parents are strongly encouraged to be present.
Acceptance decisions will be communicated in mid May.