We aim to offer a variety of options so that families can pick what works for them. We believe that everyone has discovered that new schedules, learning modes, and learning locations are sometimes desirable.
We want to support families as they create programs and schedule that are “just right” for their students.
BASE CORE PROGRAM
Our “Base Core Program” is 4/5 mornings per week and students can participate either virtually or in-person, depending on the options chosen upon enrollment. The morning core program covers the subjects of math, science, history, social studies, english language arts. This program is primarily teacher-led, and utilizes a blend of teacher instruction, small group discussion, partner work, and on-line learning tools. Teachers offer lessons in real-time, and assign projects and independent work that students complete off-line. Students complete work and are graded and report cards and transcripts are provided (if that option is chosen upon enrollment, homeschoolers can opt out of the grading/recordkeeping and participate at lower cost).
We combine the “Base Core Program” with in-person, full-day attendance to provide a traditional full-time, 5-day per week daily attendance option. Space is limited in this portion of the program, and groups will remain small to ensure safety of all.
We combine the “Base Core Program” with in-person, morning or full-day attendance 2 or 3 days per week, depending on choices upon enrollment. When students are not attending in-person, they are participating in the “Base Core Program” remotely from home. You may choose to attend Monday, Wednesday and Friday (3 days), or Tuesday and Thursday (2 days). Space is limited in the part-time program and preference given to families who commit to the entire school year.
HOMESCHOOL VIRTUAL SCHOOL
We invite homeschoolers to participate in the “Base Core Program” 4 or 5 mornings per week.
These classes are offered via video and some will happen in real-time. Students will be expected to complete some work in the afternoons, off-line. This covers all of the core subjects: English, Science, Social Studies, History, English. Classes are teacher-led, and assignments are given for students to complete. Teachers are available for additional support during office hours or by appointment. This option provides a stable community of live peers, supported by experienced and enthusiastic teachers and mentors. Students are welcome to participate in virtual lunchroom several times per week.
AFTERNOONS IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE
This program is available as space permits, and only if we can ensure the safety of everyone in the school community.
A variety of learning experiences take place in the afternoons. Teacher-led classes are offered, with guest teachers often in residence to share special skills. Learning centers or stations are also available for students to work with at their own pace and in the order they choose. Outside online classes are another option for afternoon learning. Afternoons are also ideal for student-led passion projects, for collaborative work and for small group experiences. Sometimes labs, breakout rooms, scavenger hunts, and media challenges are offered.
Select students who participate in Birch via Remote Learning can add optional afternoons to their learning plan. Students who “attend” afternoons remotely need to have some prior experience with self-directed learning, and/or have a particular interest or goals they want help meeting.