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About

WELCOME

Welcome, friends, to the Mysa School website.

As an educator and a mother, I see every day how children learn differently, process information differently, and even understand the exact same idea and information in different ways. Most schools, despite their desire to reach the “whole child,” do not address these learning differences. Most schools continue to teach students in ways that are easiest for teachers; in “one size fits all” lessons delivered in the same way to the whole class with the hope that most of the students grasp something. In this day and age, with what we know about how people learn, and the resources we have instantly available, schools need to more flexibly adapt the ways that they teach each child to that particular child’s learning style. I believe that the Mysa model of education, with its personalized learning plans, honors the uniqueness of each student and is a highly effective way of not only teaching, but of lighting a fire of curiosity within each student. When students have ownership of their schooling, when they understand why they are learning the material, and when they have choices in how they learn, they go to school filled with purpose and with joy. The Mysa model not only prepares students for college but it honors the needs of the student in the moment, as adolescents and young adults, acknowledging that they have the rest of their lives to be grown up, but only one childhood.

 

We want our students to be healthy, happy, productive people, and to lead meaningful lives. In order to do that, students need help learning how to build solid and healthy relationships in person, online, and around the world. Our small size and mixed-age groupings enable deep and meaningful relationships among all members of our community – students, parents, and teachers. In our one-room school house community, everyone is known, everyone is appreciated, everyone is loved. At Mysa School, students are pushed to learn more, dig deeper, and quench their thirst for understanding the world around them.  Everyone is enabled to appreciate the gifts within them and to share those gifts with the world.

 

I encourage you to explore our website, come to an open house, or stop by and just say hello.
Siri Fiske

Head of School

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

FAQS

What is a micro school?

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.

What is place-based education?

Place-based education connects the classroom to the community by immersing the students in our local environment.  More than just going on local field trips to observe passively, we use the unbelievably rich resources in the local area (including museums, historic sites, federal and DC governments, national and international organizations, and our vast and varied natural settings). In most cases, these group projects are connected to the current classroom work.

Who should attend Mysa School?

There is no one characteristic or type of students that is “the ideal student” for Mysa. Because each child’s program of study is customized, children with a wide range of learner profiles and personalities will thrive at Mysa.  In general, we look for children who are motivated to learn, curious, positive, and kindhearted.

What kind of physical exercise do the students get?

Students exercise every day and participate in structured classes at least three days a week.

Who is Mysa School?

Our team are experienced educators from across the United States, several of whom have founded and run successful schools and programs at home and abroad.  We are committed to creating a learning environment that focuses on the whole child and uses the most current research on how people learn.

Do you give grades?

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.  We assess all students’ collaborative and individual work through frequent feedback, both qualitative and quantitative, teacher narratives, student portfolios, and tests. To prepare for college admissions, high school students receive grades and traditional transcripts.

Is there homework?

Every Monday morning, each student receives a personalized Mysa Menu with all of the work they are required to complete that week. The menu is carefully crafted to ensure that it can 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 read at home every day.

What is tuition?

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school 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.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, need-based financial aid is available. We are happy to discuss this during the application process.

What are school hours?

Students arrive between 8:00 – 9:00. School begins at 9:00 and goes until 3:15. Our start time is intentional to allow developing brains more time to sleep and start the day productively. From 3:30 until 4:30, there is a PE class available on Monday through Wednesday. Teachers are available to also help students with their work after school.

Do you serve lunch?

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.

Can you support my child who has special needs?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the staff expertise or resources to meet special needs. For some issues, children do better in a small atmosphere like Mysa’s. However, children with significant issues or who require an aide would probably not thrive at our school. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to talk to us about your child’s specific needs.

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