Our K-3rd Grade Program is a drop off private program pursuing Non-Profit Independent School Status. We envision becoming a K - 3rd Grade School within 2 years and may continue to grow by adding one grade each school year to become a K - 5th Grade Independent School.
There is a tuition for our programs, listed in our Tuition and Calendar section. We are working toward providing a scholarship fund, and will share information about it as it develops. We are currently able to provide a limited amount of barter arrangements for a partial decrease in tuition.
Until we reach Independent School status, you are responsible for enrolling your child with ISD 31 as a homeschooler at the beginning of the next school year after your child turns age 7. This would typically be your child’s second grade year. There is simple paperwork involved.
You are responsible for testing your child’s academic growth annually beginning the school year after your child turns age 7, typically Grade 2. There are many options, from verbal, to fill in the bubble, to computerized tests. We can help you find online resources and assist you in choosing the one that best fits your child’s needs.
If you enroll in the 3 day option, a Waldorf - inspired curriculum for Kindergarten, and Grades 1 - 3 will be covered, as well as integrated arts opportunities. Kindergarten is non-academic. If your child is in 1st -3rd Grade, you are responsible for extra practice at home in reading and math. Ideas for stories, games, handwork and projects will be given from time to time to deepen your child’s learning. Home life and family time are valued. We encourage time spent together as a family while limiting screen time.
If you enroll in the 3 day option plus Village Thursdays, your child will round out their learning with Forest Skills, Winter Sports, Care for the Earth, Ojibwe language and culture, gardening, puppetry and drama, and social interaction in a mixed age group. We will meet outside in the yurt as possible. We also offer Grades 1-3 the opportunity to attend on Fridays as well, providing a full week of programming for 1st - 3rd Grade.
We can offer differentiated services for diverse learners, but we do not have the capacity to offer specialized services (ex. Speech and language, occupational therapy, significant behavior interventions).
We can not offer busing services at this time. You are responsible for arranging drop off and pick up. We can help facilitate parent carpools.
A Parent Run Secular Home School Co-op is forming to provide 1 and 2 day options for 3rd - 5th graders. This drop off co-op option can be added to our Village Thursday option to provide older kids with 3 days of programming. Spots are limited.
Village Thursdays can be a stand alone 1 day program for home school students ages 6 to 11. Spots are limited.