We offer various scheduling options for full-time students and part-time or homeschooling students for K-12. There is a maximum student to teacher ratio of 10 to 1, offering individualized attention daily. The curriculum is emergent and includes independent and group investigations which incorporate community resources and regular field trips into the community. Please see the Philosophy Overview and join us at one of our Informational Tours to find out more!
The K-12 children are all in one mixed-age group for a portion of the day, and at times have opportunities to group themselves by age or otherwise. This environment allows children to have opportunities to learn from older children and mentor younger children, creating a family-like atmosphere.
Each group of children has at least two advisor teachers. The advisor teacher is be the parents' first point of contact for questions and concerns about their child. We also have a co-teaching environment which allows all teachers and children to get to know one another. Again this helps us to feel much like a family, where teachers constantly model cooperative communication.
In the K-12 program children can come for a minimum of two full-days and a maximum of five full-days (we do not offer a half-day option in K-12). Parents may select their days at registration time. For children that are six and older, we can help you to register as a homeschooler if you choose not to enroll for the full five days.
These times are flexible and change as needed, depending on the group’s interests and the flow of the particular day, but this can give you an idea of what a day is like:
~8:00 (about 45 minutes) Free Play - For those children arriving early, this is a time for free play with others or individually, or for small group work with a teacher.
~8:50-9:45 (about 45 minutes) Children Arrive and We Greet Each Other - Saying goodbye is generally a bit easier at this age, however we still work to ensure a smooth drop-off, allowing them to connect with their teachers and peers and share any feelings about separating. Typically teachers will set out provocations to inspire children to engage with the materials and one another.
~9:45 (10-30 minutes) Morning Meeting - Morning Meeting is an important time for the children to come together to share with one another their ideas for the day and to talk about any issues or concerns that have been raised. The children take part in running the meeting, adding to the Agenda, and sharing offerings. The issues portion of the meeting allows the teachers and children to come together to make important decisions about community limits, plans, etc. We ask that parents make every effort to arrive prior to meeting, as it can feel awkward for children to walk in mid-meeting. During or prior to meeting, we also share a healthy snack, provided by parents.
~10:30 (1-2 hours) Unscheduled Time - The greatest gift we can give the children is this large block of unscheduled time, during which anything can happen. Children are encouraged to follow through on any plans or ideas that came up during Morning Meeting, teachers set out additional provocations, visitors may present offerings, and field-trips and outings occur about once a week. Because we do not have a rigid structure, we are able to thoroughly enjoy this time and delve deeply into whatever we may be doing in that moment.
~12:00 (5-45 minutes) Lunch Time - This is one of the children's favorite time of day as they crack open their beloved lunch boxes to see what treasures have been packed inside. We enjoy sitting down together as a community, or dividing into small groups and picnicing inside and outside.
~12:30 (15-30 minutes) Clean-up Time - All of the children participte in cleaning up their own materials from the day as well as helping with one or more community responsibilites such as pet or plant care, snack prep, dirty dishes, etc.
~1:00 (120 minutes) Class Time - Generally there is a 1:00 Class and a 2:00 Class offered or sometimes a 2 hour block class. This can range from math and reading to balloon animals or even philsophy. If they choose not to attend the class they can continue on other projects or offerings in the library or outside. Some classes we have had include: Robot Throwdown, P.E., Herbal Potions, Sock Dolls, Math with Money and Time, Storytelling, Dungeons & Dragons, Humane Education, Open Art Studio, and more!
~3:00 Pick-up Time - Most children will leave at this time, and parents will have a chance to check in with teachers about the day. For those who remain for the last hour, they will be able to play freely and have opportunities to help teachers clean up for the day.
We are happy to be offering a sliding scale again this year for our K-12 students to continue to make Patchwork more accessible. Note the sliding scale only applies to the full-day 9-3 and not to aftercare. When you register, or after touring, you can choose to submit a Tuition Assistance Application to see if you qualify for one of the discounted brackets. The tuition assistance application is now a part of our online registration system. It consists of two parts -- an online portion through FACTS and a written portion. Your bracket is determined based on annual household income from W2's and tax returns, however exceptions can be made based on circumstances described in the written portion of the application. Each bracket does have a cap for the number of students that we can accept, but we do also have additional discretionary funds that can be awarded outside of the brackets, so we encourage everyone to apply!
All paperwork is filled out through our online registration system. Please contact email@example.com if you have already toured and need the link to register or to set up a tour.
We are excited to be able to offer some tuition assistance for the K-12 Program through our Sliding Scale. Tuition Assistance is awarded until funds are exhausted. You will need to reapply for assistance each year, however if awarded assistance, we will make every effort to award the same amount of tuition assistance each year, assuming your financial situation does not change.
To apply, you must do the following:
Every Tuition Assistance applicant must complete and return all documents in order for the Board of Directors to fairly evaluate each application. All final Tuition Assistance awards are confidential. If you have any questions regarding the tuition assistance process, please feel free to contact us.