Have questions about the Microschool? Below are answers to questions that many parents ask.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if my child a good fit for Ignite Microschool?
Students who excel in the small multi-age classroom at Ignite are indenpedent learners who are curious about the world around them. They thrive when given the time and space to take deep dives into topics that intrigue them, working collaboratively with a team or by themselves. They persevere through difficult tasks and are excited about demonstrating their expertise in creative ways. They encourage and mentor their peers. They are respectful to their peers and teachers and self-regulate their behavior to allow others to succeed.
How do I know if my educational goals for my children align with Ignite?
Parents who recognize that education is a lifelong process and not a destination are well aligned with Ignite.
How does Ignite differ from other private schools in Greenville?
Ignite provides a truly individualized educational setting for your child. The multi-age small group "one-room school house" setting allows for student teacher ratios ranging from 1:1 instruction to 1:10 whole group activities. Students learn at their own developmental rate and learn in fluid groups that are determined by mastery not standardized age-based grades. Students have time each school day to explore STEAM, problem-based learning, creative arts, and passion projects. Children have choice and responsiblities for their learning which develops executive functioning.
Is Ignite a homeschool co-op?
Ignite is best described as a hybrid homeschool, not a co-op. Parents register as Option 3 Homeschoolers with the state of SC and are ulimately responsible for their child's education. Ignite meets 4 days a week which gives families the freedom of homeschooling. There are a few differences between Ignite and many co-ops in Greenville. First, at Ignite instruction is individualized for each child. At co-ops, children in each class get the same instruction. Second, in many co-ops, parents are required to volunteer. While we love parent help and parent support wioll allow Ignite to grow, parents do not have volunteer requirements. Finally, co-ops tend to meet fewer than 4 days a week.
Why do I pay tuition over 10 months?
Yearly tuition is divided into 10 equal payments for two reasons. First, collecting tuition in August allows Ignite to have the capital to purchase curriculum and necessary supplies to prepare for the school year. Second, it makes payments more manageable for families.
Are there attendance requirements or tardies at Ignite?
No. As homeschool parents, you are responsible for your children's education. If you choose to take a vacation or attend a special event os a school day, that's great! We will want to see pictures!
Will my child have homework?
We do not assign homework. If a child has not mastered a skill at school, why would we ask them to practice it at home with minimal support? Conversely, if a child has mastered a skill, why would they need to practice it some more? It is always wonderful when a child chooses to immerse themselves in a good book, or write independently, but we don't believe that busy work is necessary. The low teacher student ratios and individualized learning at Ignite allow us to pack a lot of learning in each day and we want kids to go home and enjoy activities, after school classes, and informal learning through play with peers and familiy members.
What is a Microschool?
Ignite is the first Microschool in Greenville, so the concept is new to many parents. Microschools have grown in popularity across America in the last decade and are prodominately found in Texas, the North East, and California. Microschools tend to be grassroot organizations and are founded by parents and educators who have identified a learning need and/or educational services gap in educational opportunities in their community such as gifted education, special education, creative arts, or STEM and decide to launch a school to fill that need. Each microschool is unique in their educational philosophy, school culture, schedules, and student populations. Microschools typically serve 15 - 30 multi-age children but some larger established schools educate up to 150 children in small groupings.