Microschools

Big change starts small

With Primer Microschools, we’re reimagining the school system to create better educational experiences for everyone. Just like other schools, microschools are full-day and in-person, but our students get the individual attention they deserve and tools to learn at their own pace.

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School that’s never one size fits all

A 1:15 teacher-student ratio means teachers at Primer can build deeper relationships with their students. This allows them to recognize each student’s unique talents and passions, and help them develop individually.

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Teacher-student ratio

What makes Primer Microschools different?

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Engaging, personalized academics

Academics at Primer challenge students at their level while providing time to self-pace and explore. With a personalized schedule, they don't have to worry about falling behind or waiting for the rest of the class to catch up.

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Space to pursue individual passions

Students learn best when they’re genuinely interested and engaged. That’s why our students have a block of time each day to pursue their passions—whether that’s writing a song, starting a business, or building a robot.

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Daily communication and updates

Every Primer family has access to a dashboard that shows their child's progress over time. Teachers regularly share photos and progress updates to provide a window into each child’s experience.

Meet the teachers

A day in the life of a Primer student

Primer students attend physical schools from 8:30am-3:00pm. While there, students spend 20% of their time engaging in virtual classes with extraordinary educators and ambitious kids from around the world.

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Habit and Community Building

Habit and Community Building

8:30-9:00 AM

We know the best learning spaces are intentionally constructed in ways that allow each child to feel uniquely known and valued. At the beginning and end of each day, students come together to check in with each other–fostering deep relationships and developing habits like mindfulness and goal setting.

Mathematics

Mathematics

9:00-10:00 AM

Our math curriculum is designed to ensure kids foster deep mathematical knowledge and conceptual understanding. Through rigorous tasks and student discourse, students develop multiple strategies for engaging in real-world math.

Recess

Recess

10:00-10:30 AM

Physical health is critical for student flourishing. Kids have time each day to run, jump, play and achieve their physical fitness goals.

English language arts

English language arts

10:30-11:30 AM

We engage students with rich, authentic texts through which they grow their knowledge of the world while fostering the habits and skills of powerful readers, writers and speakers.

Passion project

Passion project

11:30-12:30 PM

All students work on month-long, real-world passion projects throughout the year. With the guidance of a teacher, kids learn to capture their inspiration, set ambitious, measurable goals, direct their own learning, overcome challenges and deliver compelling presentations of their work and learning.

Lunch

Lunch

12:30-01:00 PM

A break for lunch. Lunch is an opportunity for students to socialize informally with their classmates and recharge for the afternoon.

Science

Science

01:00-02:00 PM

Our hands-on science curriculum invites kids to wonder deeply about how the world works, and engage in investigations, simulations and experiments to answer their questions. Students work with equipment and materials to develop the skills and mindsets of scientists.

Office hours

Office hours

02:00-03:00 PM

Our goal is that all of our students are progressing in every class, everyday. Each teacher holds regular office hours multiple times per week. If a student struggles in any given lesson, their teacher will meet them in office hours to ensure they get unstuck right away.

Explore on educational field trips

Experience is the best teacher. Primer students go on field trips to learn by doing and explore the world outside of the classroom.

Explore on educational field trips

Experience is the best teacher. Primer students go on field trips to learn by doing and explore the world outside of the classroom.

Develop social and emotional skills

Each day students spend time on social emotional learning, mindfulness, goal setting, and team building exercises to make friends and build a strong school community.

Develop social and emotional skills

Each day students spend time on social emotional learning, mindfulness, goal setting, and team building exercises to make friends and build a strong school community.

Connect in online Primer Clubs

Primer Clubs give kids a place online to explore their passion projects and connect with kids around the world who share their interests.

Connect in online Primer Clubs

Primer Clubs give kids a place online to explore their passion projects and connect with kids around the world who share their interests.

What families are saying

We ran pilot schools in several communities in Miami last summer. Every student, teacher, and parent asked to enroll again, so we’re expanding Primer Microschools to more communities across South Florida this upcoming school year.

“Excellent experience. One on one attention and fieldwork are amazing attributes of this program.”

— Mark Ingraham, father

“My child hates school! While experiencing the microschool, she loved going to school. We witnessed her take initiative in researching and reading about topics she was learning about. She was very sad when her course ended.”

— Emridge Jones, father

“This program has provided 1) quality teachers, 2) a smaller setting, 3) the ability to track and see what my child is doing throughout the day.”

— Angelina Cobb, mother

How to Apply

At Primer, we think a great education system is one that understands every individual child’s needs, goals, and interests—our application process is the first step in making that possible. Our goal is to get to know you and your family, so there are no wrong answers here.

We don’t give students priority based on past grades, traditional test scores, or their family’s ability to pay. We offer generous income-based scholarships, with many of our families qualifying for full-ride scholarships.

Have questions? See the Primer Microschool FAQs or reach out to our team at [email protected]

Step 1: Apply

Complete the initial application here. It only takes about 3 minutes.

Step 2: Family interview

Join us for a 30-minute family interview. This will allow you to learn more about our schools, and it will give us a chance to get to know your child and family.

Step 3: Creative task

Your child will be asked to complete and submit a creative task.

Step 4: Congratulations!

We’ll send an acceptance letter to each child who is accepted into Primer Microschools.

Start your application

We’re opening schools across Miami in August 2022 for 3rd to 6th grade.
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Applications are evaluated for admissions and scholarships on a rolling basis.

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Questions? Concerns? 
Email us at [email protected] or call/text us at (786) 305-7448