The Laurel Micro-School
We define micro-school as a school that is small by design. One teacher instructs children of different ages in the same classroom. A secondary teacher teaches a small subset as needed. Think of a one-room schoolhouse of yesteryear with an assistant teacher. From the early 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, these schoolhouses were the norm in the United States. Nearly half of all American children attended such an institution.
Our small size helps control expenses, thereby furthering our goal of making a quality Christian education accessible to families of all socio-economic levels. This also helps us maintain a low student-teacher ratio. Our enrollment will not exceed 40 students.
Often micro-schools are dubbed “outsourced homeschooling”. We embody this descriptor and see ourselves as akin to a multi-family homeschool. British educator, Charlotte Mason, developed an educational method designed specifically for the homeschool setting. Her methods are used in homeschools and private and public charter schools across the United States and internationally. A small portion of our curriculum and instructional practices are inspired by her approach.