All microschools are different, but most share a few general characteristics. Just as the name suggest, microschools are very small schools that typically serve 10 to 15 students, but could serve up to 150. It is, in a sense, the reinvention of the one room school house.
Most have blended age groups, so children of all ages learn together. Students can attend a few times per week or the traditional five-day schedule. Some microschools operate online, some are on location and some are more personal, coming to you.
With microschools, any number of learning alternatives can be created. Teachers can serve as facilitators in a student-led learning experience, or a more structured teacher-led environment.
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"Founded in Austin in 2010 by Laura and Jeff Sandefer, Acton Academy now has more than 250 affiliate schools in 31 states and 25 countries. Each Acton affiliate is founded by entrepreneurial parents like Gregory for whom the network’s philosophy of highly personalized, self-paced, learner-driven education resonates. Since its inception, Acton Academy has received over 15,000 applications from parents who desire to launch an affiliate school."
"...we must understand how microschools originated and how they operate. Therefore, this report’s first section situates microschools in a historical context, explaining how today’s small-school movement relates to previous K–12 happenings and how today’s efforts have been affected by the pandemic. The second section explains why it is important to understand microschooling as a closer relative to homeschooling and private schooling than charter or district schooling. The third and final section of this essay addresses the matter at the heart of this series: explaining how states interested in expanding microschooling should approach several important policy questions."