2020 - 2021 Ignite Microschool
2020 – 2021 School Day:
Classes will meet Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 2:00
Students will bring a lunch and snack.
2020 – 2021 School Calendar:
The school year is 33 weeks. As a microschool, we are not required to follow the Greenville County School Calendar. As homeschoolers, parents are required to have 180 days of instruction during the school year. A shorter microschool calendar allows flexibility for families to choose how they want to meet the full 180 days of school.
School will begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The last day of school will be May 27, 2021.
SC Homeschool regulations:
Parents enrolled in Ignite Microschool will register with the state as option 3 Homeschooler. It is advisable that you join a homeschool association to help you complete Homeschool registration with the State. Ignite will not be acting as a homeschool association.
Curriculum and Instruction:
Beth Kinzer, the lead teacher, will design and implement personalized instruction for the students. The instruction will not follow Greenville County Schools curriculum but your child will be very prepared for success the following year. Phonics, work attack, reading comprehension and fluency, spelling, written expression, and math will be taught individually and in small groups throughout the day. Students will be assessed informally.
Creativity, problem solving, and innovation will be developed through Inquiry Based Instruction and STEAM units. Authentic hands-on Science and Social Studies of study will anchor our curriculum. Language Arts, Written Expression, and Math will be fully integrated in the Inquiry Based Units. Students’ academic growth will be assessed authentically through goal-based rubrics and portfolios. Knowledge based tests and quizzes will not be a primary assessment tool.
Screen time will be limited to research, publishing, and technology units. However, math skills may be practiced and reviewed though online math apps, We all know that too much screen time is detrimental to kids learning. Tracking words left to right the words in a book and using your hand to write left to right are critical for brain development in small children.
The exact curriculum and units of study will be finalized once we have our cohort of children. We will carefully consider the ages of grades of the children admitted. We want a multi-age grouping to allow for kids to learn not only from the teacher, but from each other. But admissions will take into consideration age gaps within the cohort. We would not want to have 4 kindergartners and 2 fifth graders enrolled. That grouping will not allow for effective collaboration or instructional groupings. So, if a family applies and has a 5th graders and kindergartner, we may not be able to meet the needs of both of your children. Please understand that with a small group of 6 kids, this is imperative for success.
Tuition is based on $12.00 an hour. The yearly tuition is $7902.00. $878 per month for 9 months. First and last month tuition is due at enrollment. The last month tuition is non-refundable.
Parents must commit to attend Ignite for the whole 2020 – 2021 school year. With such a small group of students, it will put undue pressure on Ignite to have children leave throughout the year. If, however Ignite and the family come to a mutual agreement that Ignite Microschool is not your child’s best learning environment, we will discuss options for ending the year-long contract.
Ignite Microschool will be held in the home of Beth Kinzer, the Teacher and Executive Director of Ignite. This option allows us to minimize costs and create a relaxed learning environment. We will have access to the kitchen for experiments and lunch, the deck for outside learning and the backyard for play. There is a park in the neighborhood within walking distance we can visit throughout the year. The home is located on the Eastside of Greenville near Eastside High School and Brushy Creek Elementary School.