Micro-School Philosophy

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Not when it comes to community it isn’t!

Waterloo is ‘small by design’. Full enrollment will be only 150 students at a single campus. There are a number of reasons for this, but first and foremost is that real education is relational before it is ‘scalable’. There is considerable research to support this: a good starting place is here.
Micro-schools are one description of this kind of school, and they have a couple of key features:

Focused attention. Instead of being a ‘one-stop-shop’ for a student’s education, recreation, and life, small schools focus on academic and personal preparation. Small schools have fewer extracurricular programs and are instead designed to encourage and facilitate involvement in other organizations and communities for a more well-rounded transition to maturity. This is particularly important for teenagers, who can be stunted developmentally by the ‘bubble’ experience of an enclosed, all-encompassing social setting.

Flatter organization. Want to meet the admissions office? Meet a teacher. Meet with a student dean? Meet a teacher. Flatter organization means more ownership and more decisions made by the adults spending time with students, which is crucial for responsive, student-centered education.

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