I recently read about a new hybrid school in Stone Mountain. I believe it’s in its second year and it started back this week. The curriculum is from the online K-12 program, which is generally taught at home. Usually, the child has his lessons on the computer with the parent as the guide.
With this new program, the kids are at a church in a mixed-age classroom. The kids are still on the computer but the teacher leads them through their lessons instead of their parents. (Although the school’s website says the parents are still the main educator.– “We do have similarities to a homeschooling co-op in that parents are individually responsible for our children’s education, and we pool our resources together to create a community learning center.”)
“Smoke Rise Prep is located in Smoke Rise Baptist Church on Hugh Howell Road. We offer onsite certified teachers who guide our children through the nationally acclaimed K-12 Curriculum. Our children are registered students at the Georgia Cyber Academy, a public charter school. For the 2012-13 school year, our center is open to 1st – 6th grade students in Georgia.”
“Although teachers assist students with their daily work at Smoke Rise Prep, parents are ultimately responsible for their child’s education. Parents work directly with Georgia Cyber Academy, which provides all textbooks and instructional materials for the curriculum, as well as opportunities for numerous field trips. Parents provide additional supplies, including a laptop computer and headphones. There is a $250 nonrefundable deposit to reserve a spot at Smoke Rise Prep, and a $250 per month membership fee which helps cover the cost of teachers and facility rental. Parents must volunteer 10 hours per month either in the classroom or behind the scenes raising funds and grant writing.”
Last year the school served about 40 children.
But I’m not clear on the point of the program. Is it to have a much smaller school? Is it for parents who aren’t sure about doing the actual teaching or who would like to homeschool but work? Is it a way for the kids to be with other kids?
Have you heard of other programs similar to this one? What do you make of it?