Traditional school has a predetermined curriculum that students complete, often tied into the Common Core requirements. Private schools do not have the same requirements. As a result, we are able to tailor the content to the students interests and goals. This gives us the freedom to make decisions about each child, their goals, their interests, and their learning needs. We have several features in our curriculum.
9th – 12th graders engage in a variety of academic and social activities when they are at school. A collaborative relationship with teachers and other students in the classroom creates an environment that offers the greatest opportunity for a student to reach his or her potential. One of the unique features of our program is that any course can be taken one-on-one. Some courses, such as algebra or chemistry, have a more traditional curriculum. At Chrysalis High School, students are at school 2-5 days a week, depending on the combination of small group classes and individual appointments in the student’s program.
6th through 8th grade Our junior high program is all about keeping students engaged and preparing them for high school. 6th-8th grade students attend our Middle School/High School campus to familiarize them with the environment and prepare them for the expectations of high school. It also allows those who qualify to take advanced courses for high school credit. We build their program around their requests, how they will learn best and have the most successful school experience, including the social aspect. Typically they attend 2-5 days a week. In addition to their core classes (language arts, math, social studies, and science) they can choose from a variety of elective offerings, including horticulture, the world around us, art, cartooning, design fundamentals, drama, computer programming, electronics, makerspace, Photoshop, and world languages. Students are welcome to invent or direct their own courses too!
We offer a combination of group classes that have more traditional elements in preparation for college, as well as classes that are more interest oriented. Prerequisite skills vary for each group course and are determined by the ability to complete assignments and homework independently, stay on task, respect other students and follow the pace of the group. The group classes at Chrysalis are small (no more than 12 students), and provide a safe environment for each student to participate. Students learn their best when classes are small, where there is a high adult to child ratio, and when custom schedules maximize their learning experiences.
Individual appointments are an essential part of a Chrysalis student’s day. Each student meets weekly with assigned teachers. The teachers are carefully selected by the Chrysalis Admissions Team based on the student’s interests, personality and academic needs. Every student has one teacher, the consulting teacher, who leads the student’s team of teachers.
A personalized curriculum is customized for each student’s unique learning needs. No two students learn in same way. We adjust the pace, style of instruction, amount of content, and course difficulty based on student ability. Individual appointments are highly successful, generate amazing results, and empower our students as they grow as learners.
When a subject is taught one-on-one it gives us the flexibility to adjust pace, style of instruction, and course difficulty based on student goals and ability. Once mastery of the material is achieved, students advance through the subject seamlessly. See Sample Schedule.