WonderHere Academy

Learning that is play-based, project-driven, and personalized.

Not only is it possible…. at WonderHere, it is the standard.

Our WonderHere Academy is a small private school founded on the principles of play-based, project-driven, and personalized education. Utilizing our Family-Style™ schoolhouse model, children are taught core skills and concepts, while also getting the opportunity to explore their own interests with the guidance of teacher mentorship. With options to attend either full-time or part-time, there is room for you here at the Academy!

Family-Style™ Schoolhouse

At WonderHere’s brand new Farm Location, students enrolled in the WonderHere Academy will learn alongside each other and under the tutelage of teacher mentors in the Schoolhouse (see illustration below). The Schoolhouse is divided into areas of interest, including a library, science & tech lab, atelier (project workshop), study, and math resource rooms.

All students, whether attending part-time or full-time, will receive direct instruction in the areas of language arts and math daily with an assigned teacher.

In addition to instruction in those core subjects, they get the opportunity to explore the areas of the Schoolhouse at their own pace, under the supervision and mentorship of our extraordinary team of teachers. In the atelier, they can create projects on any topic they may be interested in. In the science & tech lab, they can learn about history and science through our Unit Studies. In the study, they get to reinforce their understanding of language arts and math through games and activities. And, of course, they will get ample time outdoors!

Students enrolled full-time get a lunch time, scheduled playtime, an afternoon enrichment class, and book club!

FAQ’s

Q: What is the difference between part-time and full-time enrollment?

A: For part-time, you can choose to enroll your child Monday – Thursday, 8:15AM-12PM OR Tuesday – Thursday, 8:15AM-12PM. For full-time, you can choose to enroll your child Monday – Thursday, 8:15AM-3PM OR Monday – Friday (Enrichment Day), 8:15AM-3PM. Both part-time and full-time students under the WonderHere Academy receive instruction in all subject areas. Full-time students enjoy an afternoon of scheduled lunch and play times, enrichment classes, and book clubs.

Q: What curricula do you use?

A: Students are taught through our originally-designed WonderHere Curriculum, based off the Finnish National Core Curriculum, as well as other curricula supplements such as Singapore MathWords Their Way, and other teacher curated resources.

Q: Are students assigned a teacher?

A: All students within the Elementary program will work collaboratively with our team of instructors to ensure that all subject areas are provided through direct instruction and that students are actively engaged in meaningful work throughout their studying within our Schoolhouse. The student to teacher ratio is 12:1, although our team of instructors is skillfully trained in the art individualizing instruction, mentoring students 1:1, and connecting with children through small groups for subjects such as math and language.

Q: Are students assigned a specific class with same grade peers?

A: Within our Schoolhouse model, children are not isolated by grade level, confined to singular rooms, or restricted to working with age-like peers. Our Schoolhouse model resembles family units and real-world work environments. Through organized work zones, detailed work plans, and accessible & trained instructor mentorship, students exercise choice, grow in personal responsibility, and attend to meaningful work throughout their school day.

Q: What is a typical day in the Academy like?

A: Here is a Monday-Thursday Full-Time Mock Schedule:

  • 8:15-9:00 AM – Morning outdoor play and farm chores (gardening, collecting eggs, tending to animals, etc…)
  • 9:00- 10:00 AM – Homeroom & Language Lessons
  • 10:00-11:30 AM – Work Cycle (Using individual student work plans, children will collaborate across all elementary ages in exploration of unit studies, art, music, nature play, and projects. They will also have scheduled small group math instruction time.)
  • 11:30-12:00 PM – Morning Review
  • 12:00-1:00 PM – Midday Dismissal & Lunch/Play for Full Time students
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Enrichment Courses
Q: If I enroll my child full-time Monday – Friday, what are Fridays like?

A: Since our academic program is Monday-Thursday, most of our families elect to keep Fridays as a family day. However, our full-time students have the option to add Fridays on to their schedule. The Schoolhouse is closed on Fridays for teacher preparation, and any student electing to add-on Fridays will have the opportunity to engage in fun-filled day of Friday Enrichment with our homeschool community.

Q: How will my child's progress be monitored?

A: We use various tools to help assess your child’s progress, including portfolios that they build and add onto every six weeks, as well as teacher observation notes. This progress is communicated with you via weekly emails and portfolio nights helps every six weeks. 

Q: What does parent volunteering look like in the Academy?

A: WonderHere prides itself in our above-and-beyond dedicated and highly involved parents. As a non-traditional educational program, we believe that direct parent engagement results in a greater level of student growth, confidence, and positive studio culture. All part-time families are expected to volunteer in-studio 1 hour each month. All full-time families are expected to volunteer 2 hours monthly. The volunteer hours are non-negotiable and a core value for WonderHere. Re-enrollment for families is contingent upon the fulfillment of these hours.

Q: Will my child be able to "keep up" with children in traditional school settings?

A: WonderHere curriculum is not paced to “keep up” with Florida State Standards or to prepare students for state standardized assessments. WonderHere has adopted the Finnish Standards for the development of curriculum and the monitoring of student progress. Due to Finland’s high level of innovation as a country educationally and their consistently high performance on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA – an important tool for measuring education systems worldwide) WonderHere has established that these standards most closely identify with the vision and ideologies of each WonderHere program’s design. WonderHere curriculum is designed to cultivate a love of learning within the child and to develop holistically the following within every child we serve: curiosity, empathy, collaboration, problem solving, leadership, and creativity. WonderHere values deep learning that takes time, includes challenge, promotes self-reflection, and is individually student paced. It is contrary to the vision and purpose of a WonderHere education to focus on standardized benchmarks that promote rote memory and teach skills in isolation that lack real-world application.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?

A:

 

Registration & Materials

Annual Tuition

Monthly Installments

Tues-Thurs Part-Time

$175

$3,250

$325

Mon-Thurs Part-Time

$175

$4,250

$425

Mon-Thurs Full-Time

$300

$5,500

$550

Mon-Fri  Full-Time

$300

$6,500

$650

 

Next Steps

  1. Complete our New Student Application below.
  2. Upon submission of application, we will contact you to schedule a trial day for your child, as well as a family interview. Space is very limited and student selection will be carefully decided based on the child’s ability to learn kindly and collaboratively with their peers, as well as have a strong work ethic and desire to progress in their abilities.
  3. Upon acceptance, an annual registration fee is required to be paid in full to officially secure your child’s spot.