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SchoolHouse Fellowship Program

SchoolHouse was founded on the belief that if you pair an excellent teacher with a truly small group of students, magic happens. We’re on a mission to make the promise of small class sizes a reality by helping entrepreneurial teachers create innovative microschools. Our microschools are tiny -- just 5 - 10 students, of the same or similar grade level, who are learning, growing, and socializing together. Each of our microschools is the living embodiment of the teacher’s educational philosophy and vision, freed from the administrivia that constricts teachers in traditional school settings.

During our signature training program
You'll receive all of the training and support needed to jump start your very own microschool
We'll help you refine the vision for your school, and detail key design questions that are important to prospective families - including curriculum, daily schedules and more
We'll train and support you to market your school to your local community, supporting you as you make your first social media post and staying by your side all the way through your final student enrollment

Once your school is fully enrolled, you’ll become a full-time SchoolHouse employee with a full-time salary and benefits, including health and dental. In addition, we’ll handle all of the administrative work of operating your school so that you can focus on what you love--teaching students. We’ll invoice families; purchase curriculum, materials, and supplies on your behalf; and help out should any challenges arise. 

And perhaps most importantly, you’ll be a part of a growing microschool community. As a part of that community, you’ll be assigned your own coach, who will check-in regularly with you to make sure everything is going well. You’ll also be able to participate in regular SchoolHouse professional development opportunities.

The Microschool Leader Training Program is a unique opportunity that is aimed at providing you with all of the skills, resources, and support needed to start your own microschool. And best of all, it’s completely free!
SchoolHouse teachers receive:

Amazing benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Paid time off and sick leave because we understand that life happens.

An amazing support team to help you reach your fullest potential.

Being a successful microschool founder requires different skills than being a successful teacher.

In addition to being a passionate educator, the most successful microschool founders are driven entrepreneurs with two key qualities:

1
Welcome Challenges

They view challenges and roadblocks that arise as opportunities for creativity and hard work, and are willing to do whatever it takes to get their microschool up and running.

2
Build Relationships

They have a unique vision for their microschool, and are strong communicators--people who have the ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders and invest others in their vision. 

Timeline
Microschool Founder
SchoolHouse
Month 1
  • Attend SchoolHouse onboarding
  • Begin networking with your SchoolHouse cohort of microschool founders
  • Begin marketing your microschool through a variety of channels, including social media and local, in-person events.
  • Network with local service providers
  • Host webinars aimed at local parents
  • Host coffee chats with local parents
  • Register your first student
  • Host bi-weekly cohort meetings
  • Provide feedback on marketing plan
  • Support with webinars
  • Provide enrollment agreements, issue invoices for deposits and process payments
Months 2-5
  • Continue marketing your microschool through a variety of channels
  • Run pilot or other programs for students, for free
  • Register an additional 3+ students to reach your minimal viable number to start your microschool
  • Continue to provide marketing and sales support
Months 6-8
  • Finalize microschool policies and procedures
  • Onboard registered students and families
  • Submit purchase requests for necessary curriculum materials and supplies
  • Brush up on all curriculums and receive training on any curriculums you are unfamiliar with
  • Create detailed units and lesson plans for the first month of school
  • Provide targeted feedback on policies and procedures provided by the teacher
  • Process purchase requests for any curriculum materials and supplies that are needed
Months 9+
  • Run your microschool
  • Continue to submit purchase requests for curriculum materials and supplies - as needed
  • Reach out to your SchoolHouse coach for support - as needed
  • Participate in SchoolHouse professional development opportunities
  • Check-in weekly to provide teacher support
  • Organize and run professional development opportunities
  • Process bi-monthly payroll
  • Provide teachers with access to benefits - as needed
  • Invoice parents - as needed
  • Process payments - as needed
Month 1
Microschool Founder
  • Attend SchoolHouse onboarding
  • Begin networking with your SchoolHouse cohort of microschool founders
  • Begin marketing your microschool through a variety of channels, including social media and local, in-person events.
  • Network with local service providers
  • Host webinars aimed at local parents
  • Host coffee chats with local parents
  • Register your first student
SchoolHouse
  • Host bi-weekly cohort meetings
  • Provide feedback on marketing plan
  • Support with webinars
  • Provide enrollment agreements, issue invoices for deposits and process payments
Months 2-5
Microschool Founder
  • Continue marketing your microschool through a variety of channels
  • Run pilot or other programs for students, for free
  • Register an additional 3+ students to reach your minimal viable number to start your microschool
SchoolHouse
  • Continue to provide marketing and sales support
Months 6-8
Microschool Founder
  • Finalize microschool policies and procedures
  • Onboard registered students and families
  • Submit purchase requests for necessary curriculum materials and supplies
  • Brush up on all curriculums and receive training on any curriculums you are unfamiliar with
  • Create detailed units and lesson plans for the first month of school
SchoolHouse
  • Provide targeted feedback on policies and procedures provided by the teacher
  • Process purchase requests for any curriculum materials and supplies that are needed
Months 9+
Microschool Founder
  • Run your microschool
  • Continue to submit purchase requests for curriculum materials and supplies - as needed
  • Reach out to your SchoolHouse coach for support - as needed
  • Participate in SchoolHouse professional development opportunities
SchoolHouse
  • Check-in weekly to provide teacher support
  • Organize and run professional development opportunities
  • Process bi-monthly payroll
  • Provide teachers with access to benefits - as needed
  • Invoice parents - as needed
  • Process payments - as needed

We will begin new cohorts two times per month. The first day will include a live training session from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Following that initial training session there will be bi-weekly cohort sessions. The training program would continue throughout the 2021-2022 school-year, and will begin on the following dates:

2020
July 19
Aug 16
Sept 13, 27
Oct 4, 18
Nov 8
Dec 6
2021
Jan 10, 24
Feb 7, 28
Mar 7, 21
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testimonials

Don't Take Our Word For It

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Kalimah Ayele
Brooklyn Pod

I've never had it so good. My classroom is just 8 students and I can take the time to really get to know and understand them. I finally feel like I can give every student the attention they deserve.

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Austin Boehm
Larchmont Pod

SchoolHouse made it incredibly easy to get started with a microschool! They handled finding the families, payment processing, and the legal and regulatory aspects. All I had to do was show up and teach.

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Jennifer Coratti
Care Bear Pod

The team at SchoolHouse is always available. Management has been incredibly supportive and responsive for everything I've needed.

Ms. Zepf
Zepf Elementary Microschool
Mrs. Marie
South Orange Microschool
Ms. Birdsell
Kecy-Healy Microschool
Ms. Swain
Open Circle Elementary
Mr. Jefferies
South Orange Microschool
Ms. Conroy
Kecy-Healy Microschool
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