(Stepping Stones & 1st-6th Grade)
What is Micro-Schooling?
Micro-schooling is an alternative form of education that offers a personalized and flexible learning experience. It typically involves a small group of learners who work together with a teacher or facilitator to achieve learning goals. Micro-schools can be found in a variety of settings, including homes, community centers, and dedicated micro-schooling spaces.
How Does Micro-Schooling Work?
Micro-schools typically prioritize individualized instruction, with teachers tailoring their teaching methods and curriculum to meet the unique needs and interests of each student. This approach allows students to learn at their own pace, delve deeper into topics they find interesting, and receive more personalized feedback and support.
Micro-schooling also often emphasizes project-based learning, with students working on real-world problems and challenges that help them develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. In many cases, micro-schools also incorporate technology and online resources into their curriculum to support student learning and exploration.
What Are the Benefits of Micro-Schooling?
One of the key benefits of micro-schooling is its flexibility. Because micro-schools are often small and independent, they can adapt quickly to meet the changing needs of students and families. Micro-schools can also offer a sense of community and belonging for students who may struggle in larger, more traditional school settings.
Additionally, because micro-schools prioritize individualized learning and project-based exploration, students often develop a deeper understanding of topics and develop skills that will serve them well in their future academic and professional pursuits.
Montessori Method for Elementary
The elementary school child occupies what Maria Montessori called the “second plane of development.” Children at this stage are in a period of rapid intellectual growth as they develop the ability for rational thinking. Children want to know the how and why of things. Through exploration and experimentation, they discover the quantities and facts of the world.
Montessori methods are applied to elementary age children by providing individualized learning environments that are tailored to their specific needs and interests. Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies to promote self-directed, independent learning. They also create a sense of community by encouraging collaboration and communication between students. Montessori methods also focus on developing the whole child by cultivating academic, social, and emotional skills. The ultimate goal is to foster a love of learning and to develop independent, life-long learners.
2023-2024 School Year
Micro-schooling program runs four days per week: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Programming is in-person, academic focused with regular attendance expectations
The Elementary program serves 1st-6th Grade,
Our lesson plans can and do exceed "grade-level norms", however we based all learning plans on each learner's ability
*Our standards and curriculum meet and exceed CCSD standards*
We have created the Bridges & Stepping Stones classrooms as prep for our elementary program.
These classrooms will prepare learners for "MPM style" 1st-grade level Montessori based programming, which requires specific skills and the ability to work independently. (There is a minimum age requirement for Bridges & Stepping Stones, and placement is based on MPM staff discretion)
Annual independent skills testing to track student's academic progress, mastery, and development
(for elementary only)
Micro-schooling is intended for families who have chosen to homeschool and have filed Notice of Intent.
We operate on an optional year-round schedule, with our 2023/2024 program running from June 2023 to May 2024. Should you choose to participate only during a traditional school year cycle, our programming runs August 2023-May 2024
Organized and facilitated by trained teachers and Montessori teachers with years of classroom experience.
We teach using Montessori methods and materials and cover CCSD standard academic subjects. Due to the small program size, we personalize each enrolled students' teachings.
Due to this being a homeschooling model, the parent remains the "director" of the enrolled student's education and must complete the "Notice of Intent " if this will be the first year of homeschooling. Parents also remain responsible for submitting the student's educational plan (we will be able to assist you with this component).