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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most microschools are made up of students spanning three grade levels: K-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, or 6th-8th Grade.
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.
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.
Kindergarten students must turn five before August 31 of the current year in order to be enrolled in Prenda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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