New learning models, tools, and strategies have made it easier to open small schools of 15 to 150 students. Microschools may be full or part-time learning experiences for P-12 students. They can be useful as a short-term pilot or demonstration or long-term learning options.

Given their small size, microschools can be opened quickly in alternative spaces. Microschools quickly create new community-connected learning options (themes, careers, and experiences) for students. They can also be used to quickly address underserved student populations (preschool, dropout recovery, and career education).

We’ve been talking about microschools through the blog and in our town halls over the past few years. Check out that conversation below! Interested in working with us to develop your own microschool or simply want to learn more? Contact Jessica and let her know you’re interested in microschools.

Designing Microschools: Why Launching Small Learning Environments Is a Big Idea

This resource from Getting Smart provides examples of microschools and addresses why you’d want to start a microschool, how to start a microschool and how to know if it is working.


Helpful External Resources

American Microschool Analysis

America’s fast-growing microschooling movement has been described as one of the most exciting education narratives of this generation. This sector analysis from the National Microschooling Center illuminates important aspects of this dynamic community, including who is leading microschools, their backgrounds, and just how diverse the sector has become in many different important aspects of their work, including main motivating goals, educational approaches, intended outcomes, weekly schedules and funding sources.

Open for Business: The Economics of Everyday Entrepreneurs in Unconventional Education

VELA provides unique insights into the rapidly growing market of unconventional education. In order to gain a better understanding of the business practices and models used in this nascent landscape, VELA conducted a survey of its community in the fall of 2022. The findings are valuable for entrepreneurs, learners, families, funders, policymakers, and anyone interested in the future of education.