WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER?

While we do not have traditional K-12 grade levels.  We currently serve pre-K, elementary and middle school learners ages 5 through 12.

SINCE YOU DON’T HAVE GRADES, HOW WILL I HAVE A TRANSCRIPT?

Each learner sets out on their own S/Hero’s Journey. Although we don’t have grade levels, all core curriculum work is tracked, managed, and saved, by our guides. We are always able to provide you a transcript.

WHAT IS YOUR TUITION?

Annual tuition: $5500 (11 payments of $500). Application fee is $35, and there’s non-refundable registration deposit of $250 to confirm enrollment. For more information about the sibling discount or the sliding scale, click here.

HOW LONG IS THE SCHOOL YEAR AND WHAT IS THE SCHOOL CALENDAR?

We operate on a ten-month calendar. We have also attempted, when possible, to align our academic calendar with DPS breaks to make things easier for those with students at multiple schools. View our 2019-2020 here.

IS EMA LIKE A MONTESSORI?

EMA uses the best of Montessori methods:  hands-on learning, collaborative play, mixed-age workspaces, structured freedom, large blocks of work time to get into “flow”, learning through “discovery”, and freedom of movement.

HOW MUCH WILL THE SCHOOL GROW?  WILL YOU ADD HIGHER GRADE LEVELS?

In order to maintain our focused mission and improve the daily experience, we plan to grow slowly and methodically.  This Fall 2019, we plan to add 10-15 more learners and their families to our community. 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A HERO’S JOURNEY?

We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your learner for his or her special journey. You may read more here.

WHAT IS AN “INDEPENDENT LEARNER”?

Someone who can research questions, follow instructions, solve problems — admit that they don’t know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock without asking an adult for help — participate in discussions, and strive for mastery.  At EMA, we use 3BsB4G;  we invite Panthers to consult their Brain, a Book, and/or a Buddy, before asking a Guide.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A “RUNNING PARTNER”?

Running Partners are fellow EMA Panthers who meet together regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “EVERY CHILD CAN CHANGE THE WORLD”?

We believe each of our learners will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about. This may be by becoming a homesteader who lives off the grid and inspires others to unplug and grow their own food;  it may be by becoming a neuroscientist who shares the miracles of the human brain or an epigeneticist who studies how past trauma and effects human DNA;  or, an architect who designs sustainable structures or a computer programmer who uses code to create apps that change people’s lives;  becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero’s Journey;  becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity;  or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people’s lives.

HOW DO YOU MEASURE HOW MY CHILD IS PROGRESSING?  

We measure student progress in several different ways:

1.  We set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals (each session lasts typically 4-6 weeks).  Learners share these goals with parents.

2.  We utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle, and close any learning gaps. The web-based programs don’t allow learners to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered. Guides help learners get unstuck, embrace a growth mindset, and develop grit.

3.  We utilize paper portfolios/binders and electronic portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work.

4.  Though we never “teach to the test,” the IOWA test is given each Fall & Spring to provide useful benchmark data for parents.

HOW WILL EMA PREPARE MY LEARNER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY?

EMA Panthers will be equipped for the future by working hard to improve their reading, writing and math skills.  Real-world projects (called missions and quests) will allow learners to compete and collaborate in a game-like series of real-world projects (e.g. coding, chemistry, our/history, entrepreneurship, agriculture, electricity, etc.,) to learn and practice 21st Century Skills.

21st Century Skills include Learning Skills (critical thinking, creative thinking, collaborating, communicating), Literacy Skills (information literacy, media literacy, technology), and Life Skills (flexibility, initiative, social skills, productivity, leadership).  All of these skills are vitally important for present and future success.  These skills were invaluable to our ancestors thousands of years ago when they built cities, universities, economies, and mutually beneficial social systems.  These skills are therefore misnamed and are not a “new” need of our times;  we’ve always needed these skills.

However, in order, “To hold information-age jobs,” build careers, businesses, and non-profits, “…students need to think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly in many media, learn ever-changing technologies, and deal with a flood of information. The rapid changes in our world require students to be flexible, to take the initiative and lead when necessary, and to produce something new and useful.” source

ARE YOU PART OF A CHAIN OR FRANCHISE?  

NO.  We are not a franchise or chain.  EMA is an independently-owned and operated school that was founded in Fall 2016 and became part of the Acton Academy Affiliate Network in Fall 2017.  The affiliate network is passionate about revolutionizing education, pursuing best practices, and have agreed to protect a learner-driven environment.  Each affiliate follows their own methods in keeping with these commitments and varies based on the leadership at each school and the community they serve.  We are the only Acton Affiliate that uses Afrocentric frameworks and tools. For example, at EMA, instead of Socratic Seminar, we use the terms Kemetic Conversation or Kemetic Dialogue Method, to reclaim this ancient method of teaching.  And because we serve Black learners and their families, we’ve also added the following statement to our educational philosophy:  We believe that by un/dis-covering (with research, study, and direct contact), reclaiming (with due diligence and hard work), and reconnecting with our truth (by reaching back – “Sankofa”) we will better understand who we were, who we are, and who we must be. 

IS EMA ACCREDITED?

EMA is accredited through the International Association of Learner Driven Schools. undefined

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