What are Microschools?
A microschool is a small, independent school that offers personalized learning experiences for students. Microschools are located in private homes or small commercial buildings and run by parents, teachers, or educational entrepreneurs. There is typically a 5 to 1 student-teacher ratio at these schools, and they frequently utilize innovative educational techniques such as Montessori or project-based instruction.
The use of microschools as an alternative to traditional public schools is gaining popularity as more parents seek ways to opt-out of the public school system. Among the reasons parents may choose a microschool for their children are:
- dissatisfaction with the local public school options
- a desire for their child to receive more individualized attention
- dissatisfaction with the system of standardized testing
- concerns regarding traditional schools’ social and emotional environment
- a belief that the microschool model is more aligned with the individual learning style of their child
Types of Microschools
Microschools come in a wide variety; each has its unique approach to education. Some microschools emphasize STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, and math) subjects, while others emphasize the humanities or arts. Using a blended learning approach, some microschools combine online and offline elements into their curriculum. Others utilize a flipped classroom model in which students watch lectures at home and do their homework in the classroom after watching lectures. Some schools also use place-based learning, which exposes students to real-life learning situations.
The philosophy of any microschool you are considering must align with your family’s educational goals and values, regardless of the type of school you are considering. Those searching for a school that will challenge their child academically will want to find a microschool that offers a rigorous curriculum, for example. In contrast, if you are concerned about your child’s social and emotional development, you should find a microschool with a strong community feel that emphasizes social and emotional development.
The Advantages of Microschools
Families decide to pursue microschools because of several perceived advantages. Microschools are believed to provide greater individualized attention than larger schools can provide. In a microschool setting, teachers get to know their students as individuals and can tailor the curriculum to meet the specific needs of each child. Children in microschools are believed to to excel academically and develop strong relationships with their peers and educators.
Microschools are also advantageous because they often employ innovative educational models that promote creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The project-based learning method, one of the most popular approaches used in microschools, requires students to carry out real-world projects that address real-world issues. Hands-on learning is highly effective in preparing students for success in college and the workplace.
Lastly, microschools typically have lower operating costs than traditional schools because they have smaller staffs and facilities. Therefore, they are more accessible to families than private schools and even some charter schools. In addition, because many microschools are run by parents rather than by school districts or state governments, they are more flexible regarding funding sources and regulations.
As a result of their personalized attention, innovative educational approaches, and lower costs, microschools may become the future of education. Microschools may be a viable solution for your family if you consider opting out of the traditional public school system.
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