Mysa School is dedicated to creating a new model of schooling that is characterized by customization, collaboration, and curiosity. At Mysa School, caring adults work closely with students to build a tight-knit community in which students explore and understand the world. The school seeks to build a loving community of students and faculty who think critically and creatively and who value learning along with generosity of spirit.
Although the model of a micro school is still evolving, most are characterized by small learning communities made up of students working in mixed age groups. Teachers in micro schools do more guiding and less lecturing, and there is extensive use of digital and online resources to create personalized learning paths. Micro schools also tend to emphasize project-based learning and community involvement.
Place based education connects the classroom to the community by immersing the students in the local environment. More than just going on local field trips to observe passively, we utilize the unbelievably rich resources in the local Washington, DC area (including museums, historic sites, federal and DC governments, national and international organizations, and our vast and varied natural settings). In most cases the topics for the group projects will be connected to work being done or an issue directly related to a local DC place or institution.
While our world, daily life has rapidly changed, traditional classrooms and education have not caught up with this evolution. Students often feel disconnected from the learning process with rote memorization, worksheets and routine lessons. MYSA seeks to bring back curiosity through customized education, weekly trips connected to their subject matter and time to complete projects and reflect upon what they’re learning to build upon a greater, deeper understanding of topics.
Students have independent time to work through their personalized menus each day to complete all academic work. If you don’t feel like math today than you don’t need to do math, but your math work will need to be finished by next week. In this way, students executive functioning is improved as students prioritize their workload, preferences and complete all menu activities throughout the week. If they work wisely, they don’t have homework, but if students are socializing and not completing projects they initially have to spend weekends completing their school work.
There is plenty of time for socializing, having fun, and physical activity in our days, and there is independent work time and teacher guided lessons. This variety, freedom, experiential learning and teacher-facilitated lessons provide for an exciting 21st century learning opportunity that is both similar and different than a traditional school.
There is no one characteristic or type of students that is “the ideal student” for MYSA School. Because each child’s program of study is customized children with a wide range of learner profiles and personalities will thrive at MYSA School. In general, we look for children who are motivated to learn, are curious, positive, and kindhearted.
Students exercise every day and participate in structured classes at least three days a week. We utilize local gyms, courts, dance and yoga studios for our PE needs.
The founding board of directors and team are experienced educators from across the United States, several of whom have founded and run successful schools and programs at home and abroad. The board of directors and on site team are united by their commitment to creating a learning environment that focuses on the whole child and utilizes the most current research on how people learn.
We are philosophically opposed to the idea of grades and the often negative consequences that arise from an emphasis on grading. But we understand that at this time graded transcripts are a necessary evil for college admissions offices. Assessment of a student’s collaborative and individual work involves frequent feedback, both qualitative and quantitative, in the form of teacher narratives, student portfolios, and tests.
Every Monday morning, students receive a MYSA Menu which has on it all the work that the student is required to complete that week. The work that needs to be completed should be finished during the school day if the student budgets their time well and works efficiently. Any work that is not completed at school will need to be finished at home. Students can also expect to be doing some reading at home every day.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 year is $20,000. This covers all field trips, activities, and classroom supplies. Co-curricular programs offered after school are available for an additional fee.
In some cases, if a student needs to take an entire course (online or via Skype/Zoom through another accredited school), there may be an additional fee.
Yes, need-based financial aid is available and we are happy to discuss this during the application process.
Middle and high school students arrive between 8:30 – 9:30. School begins at 9:30 and goes until 3:30. Our start time is intentional to allow developing brains more time to sleep and start the day productively. From 3:30 until 5:00 there are classes and activities available, as well as teachers to help students with any work they still need to accomplish that week.
At the Georgetown elementary campus, students start the day at 8:30am and the day finishes at 3:00pm. We closely follow the DC Public School day and school calendar.
We do not serve lunch at our schools but we often order lunch from local restaurants for students and faculty who would like to purchase lunch. Middle and high school students are allowed to walk in pairs to neighborhood restaurants to pick up lunch.
There are nearby facilities with before and after school programs. With enough parent and family interest for after school care, we will explore creating our own program.
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Job description coming soon.
We are seeking part time (both during the school day and after school) art, music, dance, PE and maker-space teachers. Interested applicants please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.