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 1:6 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 cohorts meet 2 days a week which gives families the freedom of homeschooling.
How do I pay tuition?
Tuition can be paid in full at the begining of each semester or paid monthly. Check or cash is preferred. If you would like to pay by credit card, a 3% fee will be added to cover processing costs.
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 on 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 learning 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.
What is the daily schedule?
School meets from 9:30 - 1:00. When students arrive, we will gather as a group and explore a learning question through literature, math problem solving, or skills instruction. Then we will transition into collaborative games and 1:1 or small group mini-lessons. Individual and collaborative STEAM Exploration and process art will be followed by a lunch break, outside play and then continued learning exploration. We will follow the children's interest level and learning engagement cues instead of a rigid time schedule, so no two days will be exactly alike
What is the application process?
Before you complete the application, you are welcome to email Beth Kinzer at email@example.com to discuss your families educaitonal goals and learn more about the Microschool. Once you are ready to apply, complete the on-line application and email the reference form to two references who have worked with your child as a teacher, coach, or club leader. Beth Kinzer will contact you to discuss the application and answer any of your questions. An admissions decision will be reached once the reference forms have been received and reviewed by the admissions committee. Beth Kinzer will contact you to share the admissions decision and talk about next steps. A $75 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your child's spots in the program.