What is a Micro-School?
Micro-schools are typically defined as organizations with less than 150 students which offer small class sizes and a reduced in-school schedule. The smaller learning environment allows for more connection between student and teacher/school staff and between student and student, and allows for greater individuation in the learning process. Some experts believe that micro-schools could be the next big trend in education. Trendy or not, we know the model works! We've been going since 2011 and have seen the positive results first hand.
CHLG is faith based in the Christian tradition and our classes are limited to 10 students and are led by professional teachers. For our K-12 Hybrid Academy students we also incorporate a hybrid learning model, which means that in addition to the time our students spend in class each week, they also spend considerable time at home on work assigned by their teacher(s), growing to be more independent and self-driven in their learning. Our partnership with parents is a very important component of our program, as we believe that parents are a child's first and most influential teacher, and as such our teachers ensure that parents have all the information needed to either direct their K-4th grade student in the home assignments, or to come alongside a middle or high school student to provide accountability and help with organization, study skills or specific coursework.
If you'd like to read more about hybrid programs and micro-schooling in general there are articles linked below. As you read, note that programs of this nature have varying characteristics, and some of what you read will be quite different from how we structure The Hybrid Academy.
Forbes Magazine: Is Hybrid Homeschooling the Wave of the Future
4.0 Schools: Micro-Schools
Education Week: What is a Micro-School and Where Can You Find One?
EducationNext: The Rise of Alt School and Other Micro-schools
Education Week: Micro-Schools Could Be New Competition for Private K-12