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Method Schools

Are We Just Another Charter School?

 
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Method Schools

Looking Beyond the Cookie Cutter School System...

Like so many parents we followed the masses of parents down the path of conventional education that has not changed in over a 100 years.  Enroll and entrust our children to mass-produced systematic academic program. Unfortunately, we were faced with great teachers in a poorly run school and bad teachers in a fairly good school.  During the beginning years of our son’s education, we found that this unchanged program had flaws that in the long run was a detriment to our son’s learning and confidence. He needed something that was individualized, personal, and unconventional.  During our search for a school that would help him get back on track and encourage learning at an individualized level while moving him along without losing him in the process; we discovered Method Schools. Method Schools is a public charter school.  Charter schools have many different formats and like traditional public schools have their own reputation.  Method Schools is a unique format that is a blended independent school program. We get the best of both worlds, homeschooling and personalized curriculum with integrated project learning. They have a unique curriculum that is platform based created by Method Schools called Smartfox.  The platform is UC (University of CA A-G course) and NCAA (athletics eligibility) approved. What does this mean for our son?  It means that he can work from home within a curriculum that is tailored to his individual academic level.  It means that if he has questions or gets stuck he can email, video chat his teacher/mentor and hear back from them. It means that he meets with his teacher through a weekly video lesson and gets personalized help on his lessons.  At the same time, we can attend onsite activities and meet with other students. Onsite activities include STEM, Robotics, PBLs (Project-based learning), and field trips. We are in charge of our son’s learning.  As parents, we are the drivers behind the wheel of his education.  Method Schools requires parents to be actively a part of their child’s education and ensure that our child is working daily while giving us the tools such as teacher support and personalized instruction to provide a constructive learning environment for our child. Looking for something different beyond the factory produced education?  Check out Method Schools.  http://www.methodschools.org/   To further personalize learning, check out our customizable and mobile-friendly online curriculum. Built by curriculum pros at Method Schools, we call it "SmartFox." High quality, low cost, and, as mentioned, built by a school, not a vendor. In 2018, we're adding projects to our online courses. Not only will our courses be infused with projects and hands-on learning extensions, but schools can purchase and modify our online courses and add their own projects.  CHECK OUT SMARTFOX
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Charter Schools

What to do About Your Child's Potential Interest in Robotics

The truth of the matter is that not all standard public schools are going to be the right fit for your child. This is where you should consider a public charter school. Some districts will allow students to go to a charter school in lieu of the assigned school. Charter schools are convenient for students who need to arrange an alternative schedule, or who prefer to attend classes virtually.
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Robotics

6 Ways to Help Your Child Grow a Love for Robotics

Robotics and technology are two of the fastest growing industries in the world.  These amazing research fields represent tools for solving some of the world's biggest problems whether finding ways to performing delicate surgery or creating new state-of-the-art security tools.  However, robotics isn't always a popular subject with children, particularly those that struggle with math and science. Due to staffing and cost restraints, not every school offers a robotics program or after-school club.  If possible, always look for schools that emphasize the importance of a robotics program (like Method!).  Regardless, as parents we can still proactively nurture a positive interest in robotics and similar fields of technology.
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Method Schools

What's Up Next For Method Schools?

As we approach the holiday season and 2016 winds down, I wanted to share some of the great things that are happening and will be happening as the school year progresses. We've conducted surveys and we've spoken with parents, students, and Method staff. And our dedicated team has researched the best learning tools and experiences for students. We all want nothing but the very best for Method students. It's such an exciting time as a non-educator to watch these pros do their thing. 
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