Prenda Microschools
in Arizona

Arizona
In Arizona, microschools are made up of 5-10 students, in grades spanning from K-8. The learning that takes place is project-based, mastery-focused, and empowers each student to progress at their own pace.
Microschools are led by a Prenda Guide—a coach or mentor that supports, nurtures, and encourages each child’s innate love of learning. They are caring parents or community members who come from a variety of professional backgrounds, enjoy working with children, and want to make a difference in their community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you’ll find all the information you need regarding enrollment, daily and annual schedules, how Prenda measures student progress, and student participation in testing.

How much does it cost?

Prenda Microschools in Arizona are tuition-free through Prenda’s charter partnerships. In addition to a tuition-free education, students are provided with a laptop to use for school-related activities during the academic year. 


How do I find microschools near me?

Simply fill out the request for information form and you will receive an email with a link to a map with microschools that are currently accepting students. 


How do I enroll my child in a microschool?

After filling out the request for information form and receiving an email with a link to the microschool map, you can reach out to Guides that are accepting students. 

Prenda encourages you to visit a microschool and meet the Guide to determine if it’s a just-right fit for your child. When you and the Guide mutually agree on enrolling your child, the Guide will provide you with a link to an online enrollment form to complete. As soon as the enrollment form and all corresponding documents are processed, your child can begin attending school. 

What documents will I need to enroll my child in a microschool?

In Arizona, tuition-free microschools are made available through charter partnerships. When you enroll your child in Prenda, they will also be enrolled as a student of record with one of our charter partners. The following documents will need to be submitted and processed before your child can begin attending school. 

  • Online enrollment form provided to you by the Guide 
  • Child’s proof of age
  • Proof of residence
  • Immunization records, medical exemption, personal beliefs exemption, or religious beliefs exemption
  • IEP or 504 plan, if applicable 
  • Withdrawal form (if your child is transferring from another Arizona school)

Is there an enrollment deadline?

No, enrollments remain open throughout the school year. If you find a microschool that has available space, you can enroll your child at any time. 


What if there isn’t a microschool near me?

Although there are many Prenda Microschools in Arizona, it is possible that one has not yet opened in your area, or that all of the spaces have been filled. If this is the case, we invite you to consider opening a microschool of your own or reaching out to someone you know who would make a great Guide.

Many families have taken this path—especially those that are stay-at-home parents or have been home educating for some time. Prenda provides the learning model, curriculum, support, and flexibility to set Guides up for success in opening a microschool in their community.

Learn more about this paid, contract-based opportunity at www.prenda.com/become-a-guide

Click here to view Prenda's toolkit for parents that are interested in referring a Guide. 

What is the typical age range in a microschool?

Most microschools are made up of students spanning three grade levels: K-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, or 6th-8th Grade. 


Are Guides certified teachers?

Guides are not required to be certified teachers, however, all Guides are vetted thoroughly by Prenda, undergo microschool site inspections and background checks, and complete a comprehensive onboarding process to set them up for success.

Prenda selects Guides that are passionate about education and dedicated to empowering learners. Additionally, every Guide reports to a certified teacher through Prenda’s charter partnership that oversees each microschool and provides support when needed. 


Where will my child go to learn?

Microschools are typically held in a Guide’s home, although several microschools are located in libraries, dance studios, or other community spaces that are suitable for learning. 


I would like to enroll my child in kindergarten. What are the cut-off dates by age?

Kindergarten students must turn five before August 31 of the current year in order to be enrolled in Prenda. 


Can I apply to become a Prenda Guide and open a microschool?

Yes, after exploring our website and reviewing the requirements, you can apply online. Guiding is an especially rewarding opportunity for parents and community members to empower young learners. Prenda also empowers new Guides by providing them with the curriculum, learning model, and a comprehensive onboarding experience to set them up for success!

If you feel like guiding is something you are interested in learning more about, go to www.prenda.com/become-a-guide to find out more.

What hours will my child be in school?

K-2 microschool students in Arizona meet for 16 hours per week, while 3rd-8th Grade students meet for 20 hours per week. Typically microschools observe a four-day school week from Monday through Thursday. Schedules are set by each Guide and can vary, but generally follow local district calendars.


What are the attendance requirements?

Prenda believes that attending school daily supports a student’s overall success, academic progress, and social development. Attendance will be documented daily by Guides. If a student has ten or more excused or unexcused absences in a school year, they may be withdrawn from Prenda. 


What is the daily learning schedule?

A Prenda Microschool day is broken up into four modes: Connect, Conquer, Collaborate, and Create. You can watch this video to see A Day in the Life of a Prenda Student.

More information about the Prenda Learning Model can be found here. 


How will I know that my child is progressing with Prenda?

Small class sizes and the structure of the learning model allow Guides and students to work closely together to set goals and develop a personalized educational experiences for each child. Guides monitor student progress in their online learning tools on a regular basis and communicate consistently with families to celebrate successes and discuss challenges. iReady Assessments, quarterly reports, and statewide testing also inform Guides, students, and families on progress. 


How are progress reports conducted?

Prenda submits quarterly progress reports to our charter partners to comply with state regulations. Despite the need to submit a letter grade, Prenda prioritizes student engagement, attitude, and growth as markers of success and development. The goal is for students to become empowered learners that focus on setting and reaching their own personal goals and celebrating their learning journey along the way. 


Will Prenda be a good fit for my child with special needs?

Many families find that Prenda’s flexible learning environment and small class sizes create an educational setting that allows for appropriate accommodations and modifications to be made for each child and their unique needs. Prenda has an Exceptional Student Services (ESS) team that works with Guides to provide any accommodations or modifications listed on current Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans. 

Guides work with students and families to ensure that each child progresses in their learning tools and receives the support they need to succeed—with guidance from our Learning Advocate team of certified teachers when needed. Some students may also receive special education services such as speech therapy or reading and math intervention through that partner school in accordance with their IEP.


Do microschool students participate in statewide assessments?

Every spring, all students enrolled in Prenda Microschools in Arizona participate in state and federally mandated assessments. Additionally, K-3rd Grade students are given an Approved Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener (fall, winter, spring) to determine which students appear to be performing at the set grade level benchmark goals. This assessment is given within the first few weeks of school, or upon entry at any point in the year for new students, and again in the winter and spring.

Note: Kindergarten students do not participate in statewide testing in Arizona. 


Does Prenda conduct any additional assessments?

Yes, students also participate in iReady, an assessment tool that measures what they know and what they need to learn next. This information is used to help Guides determine a learning plan that best meets the needs of each child. 


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