One of our main values for Arrow Kids Academy is giving students opportunities to share with others what they are learning. Rather than just memorizing information for a test, students take ownership of their learning and are a part of planning and running our cohorts.
Students will actively participate in the planning and running of our learning experiences. We will work to find ways to help challenge the students without overwhelming them. We don't want this cohort to become a lot of work for the parents- the work of planning is meant to be done by the students. Much of the learning will come from giving the students the chance to see all that it takes to make a learning experience happen, the need to prepare and plan ahead and what to do when things don't go as planned. This cohort works to help the students create executive function skills. We will help students at all levels to take the next step in their growth of their executive functioning skills and help them to see how these skills can be developed and why they are important. Younger students will not have as much responsibility as older students but will still have a portion of the learning experience that they are responsible for.
Arrow Kids Cohort will also work to help students gain an understanding of what leadership is. We will work to help them understand that students don't need to be outgoing to be a leader. Being center stage isn't required to be a leader and the best leaders will find ways to help others be successful instead of just taking the spotlight.
Students who participate in the Arrow Kids Cohort will be a part of the teaching team and will need to arrive before the other cohorts meet. The commitment is Mondays from 9:30-3:00, Tuesdays from 9:30-3:00, Wednesdays from 10:30-3:00, Thursdays Zoom call from 11:00-noon. The rest of Thursday and all of Friday will be open for students to work on their cohort prep.
Monday October 9th-12th and November 20th-23rd we will not meet in person. We will still meet on Zoom three times through out each rest week. On Monday for the Creative Writing cohort from 1:30-2:30, on Tuesday for Artist's Academy from 1:30-2:30 and Thursday for our teaching team meeting from 11:00-noon. These dates are part of our 2 rest weeks where we pause from our in person cohorts to give families some space to enjoy time together and learn how to create healthy rhythms. You can learn more about why we plan regular rest time in our schedule in this blog post.
When you register for the Arrow Kids Cohort, you will be automatically registered for all of the Arrow Kids Learning Experiences. The cost for the Arrow Kids Cohort is $450 + the one time $25 cohort application fee. Families who are Arrow Kids Members save 50%. You can learn more about our memberships here. There is no additional cost for any of the learning experiences.
Arrow Kids Cohort FAQ's
What is the time commitment to participate in the Arrow Kids Cohort?
The commitment is Mondays from 9:30-3:00, Tuesdays from 9:30-3:00, Wednesdays from 10:30-3:00, Thursdays Zoom call from 11:00-noon. The rest of Thursday and all of Friday will be open for students to work on their cohort prep. (See below for more details.)
Will my student have time to complete the curriculum we are doing as a family?
Each family can determine what is best for their student. We recommend that you don't add a lot of additional curriculum if your student is participating in the Arrow Kids Cohort. Students will have Thursday and Friday to complete their portion of the planning for the cohort. For elementary students plan for 2-3 hours/ week for the student to complete their cohort prep. Middle school and high school students can expect to take 3-5 hours/week in planning prep. If you find that the work load is too much or too little, we will adjust to help make it work for your student. By participating in the Arrow Kids Cohort, your student will be covering all the major subjects so additional curriculum is at your discretion. We ask though that you make sure your student will have the time set aside to complete their commitment to the planning that will need to take place outside of when we meet.
Can we join the Arrow Kids Cohort just for the fall or spring semester?
Yes, you do not have to have participated in the Arrow Kids cohort this fall in order to join us this spring. We have families register one semester at a time to give families a chance to adjust their schedules as needed. We understand that life can change and want to make sure families can make the adjustments they need. We do however ask that you commit to joining us for the complete semester. One of our main goals is to help the students create friendships and this is difficult if families are not consistent in their attendance.
Do I need to attend with my student?
Our Arrow Kids Academy learning experiences and cohorts are interactive and we ask parents to stay and be involved with their child's learning.
I have a younger child who will be attending with me, do I need to register them as a student?
We ask that you register everyone who will be attending. If you have a younger student who will attend with you, we recommend that you register them as a toddler so that we have enough supplies for them to join us with the activities we do. Our goal is to learn together so we work to make activities successful for all ages.
Why do I have to pay for as an adult for the Arrow Kids Cohort?
When you register for your student(s) to participate in the Arrow Kids Cohort you are committing to being a part of the cohort with your student and will be registered for all of the learning experiences. The cost for the adult registration for the Arrow Kids Cohort is to cover the cost of Homeschool Hot Lunch, Breakfast Club and supplies for Mom School.
Why do we ask for an application fee?
Over the years we have had a large number of families register for learning experiences and cohorts, but for one reason or another they don't follow through. We spend a lot of time chasing down those who register, buy supplies and prepare for these families who may have never intended to commit to learning with us. The application fee is our way of asking families to commit to joining us by applying for our cohorts. If you are applying for more than one cohort, you only need to pay for 1 application fee. This is a one time fee for the 2023-24 school year.
Are there scholarships available to help lower the cost of participating in the cohorts?
We never want finances to keep families from joining us. We know that it can be a burden on families especially those with multiple children so we want to work with you to help make it possible. As you consider the cost keep in mind that by participating in the Arrow Kids Cohort, your family can save money by not needing to purchase any additional curriculum. We offer 50% off all our learning experiences and cohorts to Arrow Kids Family members. You can learn more about our memberships here. If you are in need of financial support beyond the membership discount, please complete this request form and we will be in contact to see how we can help make it possible for your family to be a part of the Arrow Kids Cohort.