what is a micro-school?
Micro-schools are an innovative school model that are becoming popular among families and teachers who are dissatisfied with traditional schooling options that are inflexible and slow to respond to new ideas and educational research. A micro-school focuses instruction, offerings, time, and personnel to ensure quality and nimbleness. A micro-school resists the traditional shackles of schooling so as to ensure that learning and students are at the core.
the number lab's micro-school
The kids asked us first: "Why can't school be like this every day?" Taking a user-centric attitude (after all, kids spend about 71,400 minutes a year in school! ), the answer is clear . . . we need to think about what the experience is like for kids and we need to put them at the center of the learning.
Thus, because our kids asked, we responded: the number lab launched an admissions-based micro-school, under the name Long-View Micro School. We've taken with us what we know about classroom culture and space design, hired a team of thoughtful educators, and unbundled the schooling experience so that parents and kids in Austin have a new education opportunity.
the number lab's micro-school offers children an opportunity to experience learning mathematics, as well as other core subjects, in a very innovative, highly engaging, and cognitively demanding environment. We provide a robust curriculum in science, reading, writing, computer science, and mathematics for admitted students. Long-View crosses over with our work with teachers as it also serves as a lab environment for professional development (see more on "Field Study Days") and a think tank for our on-going leadership in mathematics education.