Boston Area - North Suburbs Microschool

Grades:
4th - 6th Grade
Wakefield, MA
Outdoor space
Textbooks included
Parking

Mission & Vision Statement

Our classroom is guided by 4 core values:

  • Creativity: we believe strongly that creativity brings new solutions and interpretations that might not have been previously unearthed.  
  • Determination: We set goals and always try to exceed our own expectations. What can we say? We're determined to be determined.  
  • Empathy: Being able to empathize with others and walk in their shoes helps us develop perspective and understand the world around us.  
  • Teamwork: We are accountable to each other. What we feel, what we do and what we say impact those around us. We are stronger when we work together toward a common goal

About the space

Our school will serve a total of 15-18 students (in grades 4-6) from communities in the northern suburbs of Boston. With 2 teachers, this one-room schoolhouse model prioritizes: *A meaningful relationship with each student and his/her family defined by frequent communication and collaboration. *Individualized instruction, especially in reading and math, through small, flexible groupings *A strong sense of community

Curriculum

ELA
  • 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

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

Social studies
  • Project-based units aligned to Massachusetts Social Studies Content Standards for Grades 4-6
  • Frequent analysis and discussion of primary and secondary sources to develop an understanding of multiple voices and perspectives throughout history

Experience with: DBQ Project, Facing History in Ourselves

Math
  • 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

Experience with: Eureka math, ST Math, Fishtank Education

Science
  • Project-based units designed from Massachusetts State Frameworks for Grades 4-6
  • Alignment to NGSS Science & Engineering Practices

Experience with: My PBL Works, 5E, Mystery Science, Rock by Rock, FOSS

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!

Location

Schedule

8:30 - 9:00
Arrival, Independent Reading & 1:1 Student Check-ins
9:00 - 9:30
Morning meeting using the Responsive Classroom model
9:30 - 10:00
Math
10:00 - 10:30
Break, snack, reading and math games
10:30 - 11:00
Science or Social Studies
11:00 - 11:30
Lunch and recess
11:30 - 12:00
ELA
12:00 - 12:30
Specials
12:30 - 1:00
Specials
1:00 - 1:30
Clean up and dismissal

Calendar

You can adjust the calendar with your teacher to meet your needs.
August 31st
First day of school
September 3rd - 6th
Labor Day
November 11th
Veteran's Day
November 22nd - 23rd
No school; conferences
November 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving
December 23rd - 31st
Winter break
February 22nd - 25th
February break
April 14th - 22nd
April break
May 26th - 27th
No school; conferences
May 30th
Memorial Day
June 10th
Last day of school
August 31st
First day of school
September 6th
Labor day
September 7th
Yom Kippur
October 11th
Columbus Day
November 24th - 26th
Thanksgiving
December 23rd - January 5th
Winter break
January 17th
Martin Luther King Jr. day
February 14th - 18th
February break
March 28th - April 1st
Spring break
April 20th
Easter
May 30th
Memorial day
June 10th
Last day of school

Boston Area - North Suburbs Microschool

Grades:
4th - 6th Grade
Wakefield, MA
Outdoor space
Textbooks included
Parking
Teacher
Shara
& Stacy
Math
Reading
Science
Social Studies
...
About
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Shara graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English and History. After graduating, she moved to Houston, TX, to start her teaching career with Teach For America. While in Houston, she earned a Master’s of Education from The University of St. Thomas (TX). Shara went on to teach middle school English and reading for seven years. She left the classroom to work as the founding Dean of Instruction at Spark Academy, a turnaround school in Lawrence - where she developed curriculum and coached teachers for five years. She joined SchoolHouse for the 2020-21 school year and led a full school replacement pod of 5th graders in Brookline. Shara believes learning should be challenging, engaging and fun!

Stacy has taught English and ESL in grades 5-8 for over ten years.  She has served as an assistant principal in a large traditional public school district and has also founded a high performing public middle school in Rhode Island.  She holds certification in teaching English, grades 5-12 and ESL, grades 5-12. She is an adjunct professor at the Sposato Graduate School of Education, where she teaches pre-service teachers in English and Humanities Instructional Methods.  She holds an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Library Science from Queens College and B.A. in English from Tufts University.

Teaching philosophy
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As educators, our guiding philosophy is, first and foremost, that all students can and want to achieve at the highest levels, and that it is our job to ensure that they are able to meet their academic potential. We understand the need for differentiation and individualization in the wake of a disrupted school year. We value individual and group relationships that are born out of shared experiences. We seek to foster the social-emotional learning and connection that may have been absent for students this past year. We see and appreciate each student for the unique qualities that make them who they are as students and young people.

$
1800
/ Month
Seats left at this price
2
Application deadline
May 31, 2021

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What SchoolHouse parents are saying...

I loved seeing the kids so happy and in school again - they came home with smiles on their faces and excited to talk about their day!

~ Suzie H.
SchoolHouse Parent
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.

~ Tina S.
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It was my son's first day of Kindergarten and it was great that he got to go into school, rather than sit in front of a computer for remote learning. It is a day I am sure we will all always remember.

~ Brian V.
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We have been thrilled to have Mr. Nick. The children are really embracing the opportunity to have this amazing one on one time and thriving in the new learning environment.

~ Colleen C.
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