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The Kecy-Healey School

School that makes learning fun and keep kids engaged.

Learn a little about us!

Founded by two life-long educators, the Kecy-Healey School is a small, student-centered school for students entering grades 4-6.  We seek to provide a high-quality, individualized education through an engaging and rigorous academic program, a supportive and joyful community and thoughtful family collaboration.  We prioritize small group and one-on-one instruction so that students find success and joy in learning.

MEET THE TEACHERS
Our team of top educators!

Our experience over the past two decades - as parents, teachers, school leaders, and school founders - has shaped our clear vision that a school is a place where students should be excited and inspired to learn. We’ve partnered with SchoolHouse (www.getschoolhouse.com), a leader in the development of micro-schools, to bring The Kecy-Healey School and our core values: determination, creativity, empathy, and teamwork to the communities north of Boston.

Shara Conroy
Stacy Birdsell
OUR MOTTO
School should be amazing!

Everyone remembers their favorite teacher.  The teacher that made a difference and who saw us for who we were and who we were becoming.  For us, it was Mrs. Kecy and Mrs. Healey.  Our school’s name, The Kecy-Healey School, honors our two favorite and impactful middle school teachers.

They consistently infused lessons with creativity: think classroom mock trials, tea parties of influential leaders from different cultures and eras, hilarious mnemonics for articulating the Bill of Rights.  They were skilled and empathetic facilitators, seeking out our misconceptions and misunderstandings while valuing our contributions and effort. They were determined to see us succeed (and determined for us to be determined).  They pushed us to high levels of reading, writing and thinking. They challenged us to be directors of our own learning. Now, we are committed to bringing these same values to our school!

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School Detail
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8:30 - 8:50
Arrival, Independent Reading & 1:1 Student Check-ins 👋
8:50 - 9:05
Morning Meeting using the Responsive Classroom Model 🤝
9:05 - 9:50
Math 🔢
9:50 - 10:10
Snack 🍏 + Reading and Math Games 📖
10:10 - 11:00
Science or Social Studies 🔭 🌎
11:00 - 11:45
Lunch and recess 🥪
11:45 - 12:35
ELA 📚
12:35 - 1:00
Specials 🎁
1:00 - 1:20
Cleanup 🧼
1:20 - 1:30
Dismissal 🏁
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ELA

Experience with: Reading and Writing Workshop, Wilson Phonics, Words Their Way, Multisensory Grammar

  • Integrated reading and writing that leverages research-based best practices
  • A balance of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry written by culturally diverse authors, taught via small group reading circles and book clubs
  • Frequent opportunities for discussion and creative presentation
  • Integrated spelling, grammar and vocabulary
math

Experience with: Eureka math, ST Math, Fishtank Education

  • Small group direct instruction paired with station rotation model (based on standard and concept mastery)
  • Research-based practice of direct instruction followed by interleaved practice and quizzing
  • Project based learning that allows students to apply math to real-world scenarios
Science and Social Studies

Experience with: My PBL Works, 5E, Mystery Science, Rock by Rock, FOSS, DBQ Project, Facing History in Ourselves

  • Project-based units designed from Massachusetts State Frameworks for Grades 4-6
  • Alignment to NGSS Science & Engineering Practices
  • Frequent analysis and discussion of primary and secondary sources to develop an understanding of multiple voices and perspectives throughout history
SPECIALS ROTATION & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

One dedicated block each day that rotates between arts, library, and student-selected projects

  • Arts curriculum includes art history, drawing, water color, theater, and music exploration
  • “Go Deep” - an independent, partner or small group project focused on student-identified interests (e.g. learning a new language via Duolingo, coding, or traditional research project)
  • Frequent curriculum-driven field trips to deepen students’ knowledge, create and sustain community, and have fun!
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Aug 31st
First day of school
Sep 3rd & sep 6th
Labor Day Holiday
Nov 11th
Veteran's Day Holiday
Nov 22nd & 23rd
1st Semester Family Conferences
Nov 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 23rd - 31st
Winter Vacation
Jan 17th
MLK Day
Apr 18th - 22nd
April Vacation
may 26th & 27th
2nd Semester Family Conferences
May 30th
Memorial Day Holiday
Jun 10th
Last day of school
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Calendars can be adjusted according to family needs
UPCOMING EVENTS
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Webinar Series: How to find a great microschool?
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Info Session (1:1 with the teacher)
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Parent Testimonials
Hannah
Boston, MA

When we think about it, Schools never really cared - now she knows what it’s like to pay attention to at school. And she's delivering on what we were hoping for when we set this up, which is that our kids would develop a love for learning.

Mia
Boston, MA

The mini-family that it creates is so solid and so dependable and structured. My son has his own little cohort of friends that have really become friends because of this. And so now, it's like, six months later he has a whole crew of kids that he's excited to be around, to learn with to go to the park with. It’s amazing.

Susan
Boston, MA

Just seeing our kids excited to go to "school" together, settle down to their new routines and work, be reenergized, stimulated and thereby more in tune/peace with themselves and the world around them.

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Hannah
Boston, MA

When we think about it, Schools never really cared - now she knows what it’s like to pay attention to at school. And she's delivering on what we were hoping for when we set this up, which is that our kids would develop a love for learning.

Mia
Boston, MA

The mini-family that it creates is so solid and so dependable and structured. My son has his own little cohort of friends that have really become friends because of this. And so now, it's like, six months later he has a whole crew of kids that he's excited to be around, to learn with to go to the park with. It’s amazing.

Susan
Boston, MA

Just seeing our kids excited to go to "school" together, settle down to their new routines and work, be reenergized, stimulated and thereby more in tune/peace with themselves and the world around them.

Location

Note: We are finalizing the location and are committed to being close to Cambridge / Somerville and no more than a ~15 minute travel time for our families.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Microschool?

A microschool is a group of students who meet in person, either at home or at school space. Each microschool is different, but many offer mixed-age classes, small student to teacher ratios, and learning tailored to each child’s specific needs.

How do I enroll?

Click the get started button at the top of the page and set up a time with our academics counseling staff to learn more or schedule a tour and attend an open house or a webinar series with the head teacher.

Is this Microschool right for my child(ren)?

Talk to us to find out! In a recent poll, 95% of SchoolHouse parents said they were very happy with SchoolHouse. In fact, most of our enrollment comes from our parents telling their friends and families about SchoolHouse.

What curriculum do you use?

We provide support for every type of curriculum and certified learning method. We work with families to help them find what method best suits them, whether that's a Montessori approach, project-based learning or STEM. Then we work to implement that curriculum with our incredible teachers. Each class is uniquely responsive and learns to match the learning style, pace, and interest of each student. Make sure to check out our curriculum page.

Why Microschool?

The microschool is the reinvention of the one-room schoolhouse, with small class sizes of 8 - 12 students and mixed-age level groupings. Micro schools allow parents to choose the best education for their child's needs and create a small teacher-to-student ratio so that each student gets individualized attention from the teacher.

Why is a small classroom better?

The teacher can really get to know their students and adjust the schedule for each child. At SchoolHouse each student gets 6-8x the amount of direct attention of an average private school student.

What is SchoolHouse?

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