The Mysa schools serve as models for relevant and modern education; we pilot research-informed teaching and learning practices that are transferable to public schools. Mysa students own their educational journey. In small, nurturing communities, students discover their gifts, build on their strengths, and engage as citizens to make meaningful contributions to our world.
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 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.
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.
Students exercise every day and participate in structured classes at least three days a week.
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.
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.
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.
Tuition for the 2021-2022 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.
Yes, need-based financial aid is available. We are happy to discuss this during the application process.
Students arrive between 8:30 – 9:00. School begins at 9:00 and goes until 3:00. Our start time is intentional to allow developing brains more time to sleep and start the day productively. From 3:15 until 4:15, there is a PE class available on Monday through Wednesday. Teachers are available to also help students with their work after school.
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.
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.