Method Schools, originally conceptualized as iDesign Academy, was founded in 2013 by Dr. Jessica Spallino and Mark Holley. The goal at the time was simple: build a K-12 public charter school that would end the factory model of education in Southern California, with a focus on high academic growth for each student and moderate, sustainable enrollment growth each year.
As with any new venture, it was really, really difficult at first. We started in San Diego and surrounding counties the first year. We joke around that the first year or two we were more worried about keeping the lights on than anything else. But our team gave it everything they had, and we built something that worked. We then expanded into the Greater Los Angeles, taking what we learned in San Diego with us. We've made some changes since then. Enhancements. Gotten more efficient. Increased our enrollment, not to mention our goals and expectations.
Today, Method has grown to serving thousands of students each year, with custom-built software systems and online courses, and teachers who completely get how to help students in an independent study environment. We still focus every single day on every single student, and at Method we believe every student is our story.
We're on a mission to develop effective tools and educational practices that promote growth for every stakeholder. Through the continuous advancement of self-created systems and processes, Method Schools aims to cultivate a culture of growth throughout every facet of the organization.
As a tuition-free public charter school, Method serves K-12 students in all Southern California counties. We work closely with school districts and local traditional schools to ensure all students are afforded the best possible school option. We do not compete with or quarrel with school districts over students or funding; in fact, we partner with over 200 schools and districts.
As a result of our student-first and collaborative approach to school choice, Method Schools has maintained scalable and moderate enrollment growth.
We've read and conducted all sorts of research on the subject, and we always come to the same result: the teacher impacts learning more than any other controllable actor at school. Because of this we seek out the very best teachers who understand how to deliver rich, caring instruction in an independent study environment. So are new, some are experienced. All our credentialed and certified to teach, but we think ours just do it better.
Method Schools is a WASC accredited, independent study charter school for K-12 students throughout Southern California. In addition to WASC accreditation, Method offers a comprehensive UC a-g and NCAA approved course catalog.
From the WASC website:
Public comprehensive, charter, and alternative schools in California use the ACS WASC/California Department of Education (CDE) joint accreditation process. ACS WASC accreditation is an ongoing six-year cycle of quality whereby schools demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement.
The ACS WASC/CDE Focus on Learning protocol guides schools into an ongoing improvement process that includes implementation, assessment, and refinement of the schoolwide action plan on an annual basis. Appropriate reports and reviews throughout the six-year cycle of accreditation support this process.
Based on 2018 and 2019 surveys
Annual, for students who remain at Method for an entire year
K-12 students served in 2018-19