Community | Connection | Collaboration
Great Hearts Microschools connect families together to design in-person co-learning spaces that meet the individual needs of students. By developing a close-knit community, Great Hearts Microschools propel students beyond the classroom and into deep, meaningful relationships with their peers and guides. We believe that school communities matter – a lot. We focus on supporting families in developing these co-learning spaces to assist with student formation, family well-being, and academic success.
What are microschools?
Microschools are inspired by the notion that children can learn anywhere. Great Hearts Microschools gather small groups of mixed-age students to learn and engage in lessons together, in an inviting and engaging environment. The daily class structure looks very different than in traditional schools. Microschools are seen as an intersection of homeschooling and private schooling, prioritizing exceptional academics with flexibility, family time, and passions beyond school and home.
What are Great Hearts Microschools?
Great Hearts Microschools are powered by Great Hearts Online, a rigorous, classical virtual academy serving students in Arizona and Texas for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Students that attend a Great Hearts Microschool will be enrolled in Great Hearts Online and will be provided their own grade-specific virtual teachers and engage in learning with peers from the same grade level.
While the design of each Great Hearts Microschool may vary based on the individual needs and desires of the community, most families will elect to participate in 2 – 3 days of co-learning in a shared space each week. Students will spend 2 – 4 hours each morning in their live, online classes and can elect to do this from home or at the co-learning space. After live classes conclude, the microschool community works through asynchronous work independently or collaboratively, depending on the assignment and needs of the students. Additional enrichment, hands-on projects, science experiments, and time for play round out the day, and the students are supported by a Great Hearts Microschool Guide.
How do I start or join a Great Hearts Microschool?
Great Hearts Microschools will be piloted in Arizona and Texas during the 2021-2022 school year to promote additional flexibility and community for families. We are looking for families who are enrolled in Great Hearts Online, interested in Great Hearts Microschools, and live in close proximity to one another.
Interested in learning more? Send a note to Director of Great Hearts Microschools, Andrew Shahan: firstname.lastname@example.org.