Microschooling Program 


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Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy recognizes parents as their children’s first educators and wishes to support their important role to help bring their children to Christ. One of the best ways to do this is by offering children an intellectually-stimulating, Christ-centered education that provides them the tools that enable them to see God’s handiwork and to better know and glorify Christ. This is what an education in the classical tradition can offer our children.

During the 2022–2023 school year, we are offering a Microschooling program within the classical education tradition for Junior Kindergarten (Pre-K), Kindergarten, and 1st Grade students. The program will take place inside St. Vladimir Orthodox Church (9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130), which allows students to be in a spiritually-nourishing learning environment surrounded by icons of Christ and His Saints.

The curriculum offered is from Memoria Press, which is developed and tested at Highlands Latin School in Kentucky. To give you a sense of the caliber of the curriculum, students at Highlands Latin School consistently outperform their peers on nationwide standardized tests. For information on the curriculum and subject-specific learning objectives at each grade level, please refer to the Scope and Sequence document.

Microschooling is a cross between a homeschooling co-op and private school. Parent/Guardian participation in class is expected, although this is not a requirement for student enrollment. The program is designed for students with access to approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per day of at-home parent/guardian learning support (for Kindergarten and 1st Grade students). At home, parents/guardians are responsible for teaching lessons not covered in class (as advised by the instructor), as well as providing students time for writing practice and marking students’ work.

The program offers:

* a low student-instructor ratio (which allows for individualized attention, as needed)

* multiple grade levels in the same learning space (Junior Kindergarten [Pre-K], Kindergarten, and 1st Grade), allowing for opportunities to periodically work together when appropriate; this provides enriching learning experiences for all students involved

* regular instruction in the subject areas of phonics/reading, grammar, and mathematics, and some instruction in spelling; if time permits, occasional instruction on writing, science, and/or history/geography/cultural studies

* opportunities for community building (among students and parents/guardians) through parents'/guardians' in-class support to facilitate their children’s learning

Have any questions about the program and want to reach out? E-mail us at info@a2oca.org. We would be happy to hear from you!

*** Please kindly note that we will only be able to offer the program if we meet minimum enrollment numbers for the program. Reach out today to express your interest! ***