Both district and community learning pods are tuition-free in New Hampshire through the Recovering Bright Futures Program developed by the NH Department of Education. In addition to a tuition-free education, students are provided with a laptop to use for school-related activities during the academic year.
District learning pods are made up of 5-10 students, led by a Prenda Guide. Students will be enrolled in their school district and Prenda. Learning will take place in school buildings when possible. Alternative locations will be used if there is no space in the traditional school facility, and may include a local non-profit like the Boys and Girls Club, a library, a child care facility, or other suitable locations.
Learning programs in district learning pods are aligned with New Hampshire Academic Standards and adapted to individual students.
Bow, Dunbarton, Fremont, Haverhill Cooperative, and Londonderry are all school districts that have applied for the Recovering Bright Futures grant and are able to enroll students in tuition-free district learning pods. If your school district is not on this list, we encourage you to reach out to them and ask that they consider applying.
In places where a district learning pod is not available or when parents simply choose to participate in a community learning pod instead, the NHDOE will cover the cost so it is tuition-free. Parents who choose to have their child participate in a community learning pod will be required to submit a letter of intent to home educate. Community learning pods can take place at a Guide’s home or other location, such as a library, local business, or other suitable space.
Learning programs in community learning pods are aligned with New Hampshire Academic Standards and adapted to individual students.
Yes, you or someone you know can apply to become a Guide and open a community learning pod. Guides go through a comprehensive onboarding process which provides an overview of Prenda, the curriculum, learning model, and more to set them up for success! Guiding is a paid, part-time, and contract-based position with approximately 16-20 hours of work per week.
You can learn more about becoming a Guide by going to www.prenda.com/become-a-guide. After you or someone you know submits an application, Prenda will be in touch with next steps.
Most learning pods 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 learning pod 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 that oversees each learning pod and provides support when needed.
District learning pods will be held on school campuses when possible. If space is limited, some district learning pods will be located in libraries or other suitable community spaces. Community learning pods are typically held in homes, but can also be located in libraries or other community spaces.
Simply fill out the pre-enrollment form here and you will receive an email with a link to a map with learning pods that are currently accepting students. Prenda is new to NH with new Guides opening learning pods regularly, so we encourage you to check the map daily.
After filling out the pre-enrollment form and receiving an email with a link to the learning pod map, you can reach out to Guides that are accepting students.
Prenda encourages you to visit a learning pod 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.
Prenda is growing in NH, but spaces will remain limited until more learning pods open. If there aren’t any learning pods near you, we invite you to consider reaching out to your school district to inquire about partnering with Prenda to open more district learning pods. Many parents have also decided to open community learning pods of their own—independent of their local school district. Learn more about this opportunity at www.prenda.com/become-a-guide.
Enrollments remain open throughout the school year. If you find a district or community learning pod that has available space, you can enroll your child at any time.
If you would like to enroll your child in a district learning pod, you will need to provide Prenda with the following documents. Note that district learning pod students remain enrolled in their local school district as well.
If you are enrolling your child in a community learning pod you will need to submit a letter of intent to home educate to your local district, the department of education, or a private school in order to withdraw your child from their current school district. You will also be asked to provide Prenda with the following documents:
Note: Parents of kindergarten students should not submit the notice of intent to home educate unless they turn six years old prior to September 30 of the current year.
Kindergarten students must turn five before September 30 of the current year in order to be enrolled in Prenda. Kindergarten is not a state requirement, but towns that offer it provide a tuition-free, full-day kindergarten program.
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.
Students in district learning pods attend school Monday through Friday for five hours per day. Attendance for district learning pods will follow district practices.
Due to the fact that community learning pod students are not enrolled in their district, hours will be set by the learning pod Guide. Community learning pod students typically meet four days per week.
District learning pods will follow district calendars.
Community learning pod calendars will be created and managed by the Guide facilitating each learning pod. New Hampshire homeschool law dictates that academic time is determined by the adult responsible for facilitating education. That being said, most community learning pods do follow their local district calendar.
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 and statewide testing also inform Guides, students, and families on progress.
Note: statewide assessments are only required for district learning pods.
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 understand and 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 support from our Learning Advocate team of certified teachers when needed. Depending on whether students are enrolled through a partner school or district, 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.
Yes, district learning pod students are required to participate in statewide assessments. The New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS) measures students’ progress at the end of the school year in English language arts, math, and science. These assessments are developed collaboratively by the New Hampshire Department of Education, American Institutes for Research (the assessment contractor) and New Hampshire educators. Additional state testing details can be found here.
Since community learning pod students are considered home educated learners, they are not required to participate in statewide assessments by the state of New Hampshire. However, students do have the option to participate.
Yes, students 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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