We offer a teacher-facilitated learning program 5 mornings per week. Students can participate in the basic program in-person or remotely, or a combination of both. See the Program Options page for more information on available program components. Parents and teachers can pick and choose the components that are appropriate to create a program that is “just right” for each student.
The morning component of the program provides learning experiences in foundational subjects: Science, Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies and History. Our program also covers executive functioning and study skills, mindfulness, digital citizenship.
Classes are held on a rotating schedule, and are led by teachers in real-time. Students who are participating remotely do so via video conference. Students attending in-person meet in classrooms with teachers. Students learning from home will need a dedicated computer to use during the hours that lessons and meetings are being held. (9:30 – 12:00).
It’s about relationships.
At Birch we know that Relationships are the foundation of successful learning. We strive to create an atmosphere were students trust teachers and their peers. We offer structured opportunities for students to express themselves and work together, as well as develop relationships across age and grade level. It is with great intention we include students in decision-making and school-wide planning, as well as facilitate and model kindness and respect. We find this type of multi-age, inclusive, cooperative community supports kids to learn and grow in safety and comfort.
Our classes are designed to offer learning experiences in a variety of learning styles. Teacher and student time together online is used to interact and communicate together, contributing to a sense of community and mutual support. This environment is critical in providing the support and safety students need to take risks and be willing to make mistakes. At Birch we embrace failure as part of the process. We like to say “If you aren’t making mistakes you aren’t learning”.
The 5 day a week morning program is the basic enrollment option. From this base families can add additional program components, such as additional student support, in-person attendance one to four days, career and college counseling, and coaching and assistance with individual learning plans,
Student attendance at Birch in the afternoon is also an available option. Afternoons are focused on completion of modules of learning that contribute to each students’ individual learning goals. Teacher driven elective classes, student projects, collaborative work, community service, are afternoon options. Contact us to learn what afternoon options are currently available. Occasionally we will offer single classes or courses that are open for enrollment.