The Washington Post reported recently on the rapid mushrooming of “microschools” like Redeemer, helmed by parents grouping to hire teachers for smaller groups of children than most schools offer. These parents want to provide their children a better education than they can through online classes or homeschooling, while avoiding oppressive school situations created by the virus and responses to it.
In some cases, families are teaming up to form ‘pandemic pods,’ where clusters of students receive professional instruction for several hours each day. It’s a 2020 version of the one-room schoolhouse, privately funded…
Parents are worried about health risks, too. But they are also worried their children will fall behind. And they fear they will be unable to work, even from home, while supervising children.
These families are paying at least what Redeemer costs, and often much more, for hastily arranged situations. In Fort Wayne, families can obtain this arrangement affordably from an established microschool with professional teachers and a proven curriculum.
What we teach to small groups of children at a time has been honed through teacher apprenticeships, graduate work, consultation with dozens of high-quality schools, private accreditation, and years of experience. Several out-of-state school leaders have visited to learn from us. We’ve selected the best curriculum and teachers already, so you don’t have to scramble to patch an education together without knowing how.
Our faculty-student ratio is also seven to one, equivalent or smaller than many “pandemic pods” parents are arranging, and smaller than all local schools. We offer the lowest-risk in-person schooling at the highest quality.
After emergency homeschooling this spring, numerous parents told the Post they did not want to do that again. Carrie Pestronk told the Post her second-grade son did poorly at home. That’s why she’s hiring him and her other son a teacher and recruiting other families to join their microschool.
“I want him to know at 10 o’clock, he’s got a teacher who is downstairs,” Pestronk said of her second-grader. “It’s not me who is forcing him to do it. That was the problem.”