Unique, Uncommon, Unbelievable
Springfield's first Micro School
6th through 12th grade
Purposefully small. Enrollment capped at 40 students
Emphasis on active, hands-on, relevant, and integrated learning
Flexible learning approaches for diverse learning styles
A safe learning community where students can be their genuine selves
Students demonstrate progress in a variety of authentic ways
Located in downtown Springfield within walking distance of college classes, internships, service learning projects, art and recreation facilities
- Students have a strong, democratic voice in the running of the school
The Future of School
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a micro school? Micro schools blend the best elements of summer camps, passion projects, graduate seminars, project-based learning, independent study, homeschooling, unschooling, and direct instruction in a purposefully small school setting.
Why purposefully small? One of the biggest factors in keeping students engaged in learning is their feeling of being known, appreciated, valued, and accepted as an individual. Each student is unique, staying small allows them to safely find their own voice and gain experience in using it. Too often larger schools ‘deliver’ education to students. We want our students to ‘create’ their own education.
What is authentic assessment? Authentic assessment is the idea that the best way to measure student progress is through worthwhile, significant, and meaningful activities. We also believe that the best way to communicate progress with students and families is through narrative feedback, self-assessment, and conferences.
Will my child be able to get into college? Yes. In the past two decades colleges have become friendly to homeschoolers, unschoolers, and students from new and innovative charter, magnet, and private schools. Graduates from u.school will have a transcript, portfolio, resume, and experience with internships, service learning, and college classes. With each transcript we will also send an official School Profile that explains the curriculum, philosophy, and methods of u.school.