1. What is a micro school?
A micro school is just as it sounds, a small (micro) school. Micro schools can be as small as 5-6 students or as large as 100-150 students. There are micro schools that meet with students 2-3 times per week and there are micro schools that meet with students like a traditional school, five days a week. Essentially, a micro school is a school small enough for every student and teacher to get to know one another and develop deep meaningful relationships and provides a niche educational experience.
2. What makes a micro school, or TCP Academy unique?
Micro schools generally have a niche or a central focus unique to the school. For instance, some micro schools focus on STEM, some focus on leadership and civics, while some focus on Entrepreneurship. It really comes down to the passions or expertise of the Founder of the school. TCP Academy's central focus is the social, emotional and cognitive development of students through an entrepreneurship and leadership lens. TCP Academy also emphasizes creating a sense of community between students, parents, teachers, and all community stakeholders.
3. What grades does TCP Academy serve?
TCP Academy serves middle school students, however in year one we will only serve 6th and 7th grade students. Starting in year 2 we will serve 6-8th grade students.
4. What happens when students graduate middle school?
TCP Academy plans to transition into a middle/high school starting in year three to continue serving TCP students and families. If a family decides to leave TCP Academy after middle school, the family would go through the same transfer process as they did when they entered TCP Academy.
5. Is TCP Academy an accredited school?
To apply for accreditation a school must be operating for a minimum of three years, therefore TCP Academy cannot apply for accreditation. However, TCP Academy will be using an accredited online platform, Pearson Education, and students will receive accredited transcripts. TCP Academy does have state certified "coaches" (teachers) and volunteers.
6. What are the benefits of project-based learning?
Project-based learning teaches students valuable and transferrable skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, effective communication, and design thinking, and contextualizes core subject content. TCP Academy will use project-based learning to connect our students to community issues and initiatives and to entrepreneurship and business. In our opinion, project-based learning brings fun and excitement to education and learning.
Here are a few sites to check out regarding the benefits of project-based learning:
7. Does my family need to be Christian to attend TCP Academy?
No. TCP Academy welcomes families and students of all faiths, religions and beliefs. We do encourage you to read our Spirituality Philosophy to gain a better understanding of TCP Academy and our spiritual approach