Mountains, Maple Syrup, and Mysa Microschool
Mysa Vermont opened in the fall of 2021 serving six Mad River Valley families with children in grades 4 through 10. Our first year was dedicated to building a culture of curiosity, courage, and kindness. Year two finds Mysa VT in our new home at 4429 Main Street in Waitsfield, Vermont. In the historic Bridge Street district, Mysa students have access to the Mad River Path, the Waitsfield Public Library, and many locally owned businesses!
How is Mysa different?
Menus – In addition to daily classes each student receives a personalized list of work on Monday that is crafted with teachers for that student to be completed the following week during the school day. Much like the real world of the 21st century, students are responsible for managing their projects, assignments and deliverables with guidance from teachers.
The proprietary MyMysa app – Teachers, students, and parents use the app to track student mastery against several national benchmarks. Students are not tied to the curricula that is traditionally geared for a specific age of child. If they master material, they can move on to the next level of learning.
Real life stuff – Some of the most challenging parts of life are learning to manage time and manage relationships with friends and co-workers. Mysa understands that and every week all students spend one day off campus, using the Green Mountains as a classroom for navigating our world and learning while doing new things together.
Cozy – The word Mysa means cozy in Swedish, and we know that children thrive in an environment that is kind and cozy, where they know everyone at school and everyone knows them. Though Mysa is based on an educational model that could be considered futuristic, there is light, warmth, growth, and intellect in the Mysa vision of the future.
The combination of these key Mysa features builds student agency, autonomy, mastery of skills, time management proficiency, confidence, and self-advocacy.