Whatever you're be a kind one

Education is not a “one-size-fits-all” model. Every learner is different, and each has their own unique talents and interests. Our HomeRoom program is uses a holistic approach to education that focuses on building a growth mindset, empathy, and a sense of service to their community in each of our students.

Were you aware of the fact that private schools in the United States do not need to follow state standards or a standardized testing schedule?  We use this legal loophole to take government, it’s unhealthy obsession with grades and standardized testing, and all their roadblocks out of our education model. 

We believe that the learner and their family should have a voice in their education.  Our educators work with each family to develop a personalized learning program, and provide our students with project-based learning opportunities to give each learner the best chance to demonstrate their learning.

why homeroom?

Each family will meet monthly with their certified educator, who will monitor and report academic progress in the foundational literacies (reading, math, environmental science, global studies) along with twenty-first century skills and competencies (computer science, foreign language, and digital citizenship.) Our educators will help each student create a personal learning program that will help them get into their college of choice, or get them a job in the field of their choice right out of high school.

An environmentally friendly school, The Kindest School will not use any textbooks, as they will be replaced by over 100,000 online or offline classes, which will allow our students to learn from skilled professionals in the areas that interest them the most.

All of this learning will culminate, not in report cards, but in a learning portfolio that showcases projects created after completion of online courses. Portfolios will also highlight the work done in the community on ARK days (Acts of Random Kindness) that highlight volunteerism and helps develop empathy in our learners.

the 4p holistic learning portfolio

The Kindest School focuses on the belief that, if you practice a growth mindset, empathize with others, and lend a helping hand in the community, you will be a far more productive member of our global society than the ones who can score higher on a standardized state test. Hence, there will be no grades given to our learners…only data shared between parent, educator, and learner. We will not have report cards, rather students will be able to show their academic achievement through their 4P holistic learning portfolio, which is what many higher education learning institutions and employers are prioritizing over traditional report cards. Portfolios are also required by many states for those who choose to learn from home.

We developed the 4P Portfolio to assist our students to showcase their unique personalities.  Students will record and share their progress in each of the four areas outlined below.

personal achievement

We want our students to showcase their abilities in the Arts and athletics, and this portion of the 4P Portfolio is designed to document all our students remarkable achievements that are not always present on a report card.  We want to celebrate each of our learners passions, and give them a place to share their accomplishments with other students in the HomeRoom.

purposeful learning

Our educators and families work together to choose the right learning opportunities for each learner.  This portion of the 4P Portfolio is used to showcase what they have learned by sharing a project that demonstrates what they have learned from each class that they participate in.  Projects will vary depending on the length of each class and the subject. (For example, a student taking a course in cooking will have projects that are different from a student taking a course in computer programming.)  Every learner is unique, and no two portfolios will look the same.

Philanthropic Efforts

We call our students the Kindest Generation for a reason.  This generation is active in the community, and they inspire us.  We also believe that service learning opportunities are the greatest chance we have to strengthen their empathy and develop a greater understanding of the world and it’s wonderful cultures and natural beauty.  Therefore, we build one day a week for them to go an assist in their community. We also understand that their time and service in action will be far more productive as an agent of change than an additional day in front of their screens.  Families of the Kindest Generation will decide which causes they would like to donate their time to, document their activity, and reflect on it every week.

positive people

We do believe that there is power in positivity.  The final part of the 4P Portfolio focuses on the positive people in each of our student’s lives, and is a place where they can share testimonials to their character from teachers, coaches, mentors, religious or community leaders, or anyone whose lives that they have impacted in a positive way!  In a world where it’s easy to focus on the negative, we spotlight the positive in each member of the Kindest Generation.

zero tolerance policy

Lastly, and probably most importantly, The Kindest School has a ZERO- TOLERANCE policy for bullying. If your child is being bullied by another member of the Kindest School, a screenshot of the incident is all we need to launch an investigation. If it is found that a member of The Kindest School is bullying, they will immediately be removed from the program for a minimum of one year. After this time, they will need to apply for reinstatement. A second offense will lead to immediate expulsion. Bullying is an epidemic, not just in America, but around the world as well, and it simply will not be tolerated. Our mission is to give students a place to learn that is free of fear and full of kindness.

accreditation

In order for a school to be accredited, it needs to gather data from it’s entire community, and that includes parents, students, and teachers.  We also must provide evidence of learning. The Kindest School uses the latest in educational technology to track our student’s learning, and our 4P Portfolios will provide the evidence we need.  However, it is a long process that every school must go through as they start, and all members of the HomeRoom program will be expected to help us in the process, be it as simple as completing surveys or volunteering to meet with members of the AdvancED accreditation agency.

For more information, contact please visit www.thekindestschool.org or email us at learn@thekindestschool.org.

Foundational Literacies

20 Student Hours In Total

Learning Objective

Learners will complete independent learning activities that develop and demonstrate a mastery of the foundational literacies.

General Education Reading

400 Points earned under The Kindest Readers Program to graduate. Of 40 Student Hours

General Education Science

All students must complete the United for Wildlife Environmental Science Course to graduate. Of 4 Students Hours

General Education Health & Wellness

All students should complete 5 hours of health and wellness activities per week. Of 4 Student Hours

Teaching Objective

To monitor and report progress using data to the learner and their family; To consult each learner and family and provide intervention strategies when needed.

General Education Maths

All students must reach 8th grade equivalency on Khan Academy to graduate. Of 4 Student Hours

General Education Social Studies

All students are required to complete a World Cultures and Geography course, pass a general knowledge history exam, and pass the United States naturalization test following an iCivics course. Of 4 Student Hours

21st Century Skills & Competencies

20 Student Hours In Total

Learning Objective

To develop proficient skills needed in order to become a responsible digital citizen of the 21st century and to compete in the workforce.

General Education Digital Citizenship

All students must complete Google’s Internet Awesome Program on Digital Citizenship. Of 4 Student Hours

Google Suite Certification

Students must complete a self-paced Google Suite Certification course. Of 3 Student Hours

Website Development

Students must demonstrate proficiency in website development. Of 3 Student Hours

Teaching Objective

To ensure that each learner is being a responsible digital citizen, is safe online, and has developed skills needed to compete in the 21st century workforce.

Adobe Photoshop

Students must demonstrate proficiency in photo editing using Adobe Photoshop. Of 3 Student Hours

Adobe Premier

Students must demonstrate proficiency in video editing using Adobe Premiere. Of 3 Student Hours

Service Learning

32 Student Hours In Total

Learning Objective

To take part in different experiences and reflect upon what happened during the experience and as a result of it; To work together with their family and/or teacher in planning service learning opportunities in their own community.

Service Learning ePortfolio Development

Learners must complete four hours of service learning each week and share their reflections of each experience on their ePortfolio. 16 Student Hours, 4 Hours per week.

Teaching Objective

To help direct the learners and their families into practical settings where the primary motivation is service; To share feedback on service learning experiences.

ARK Weeks (Acts of Random Kindness)

Learners must complete two ARK weeks in a different part of the world. 8 Student Hours

Foreign Language

Complete a Rosetta Stone or Babble course to learn a new language of your choice. 8 Credit Hours

Purposeful Learning

48 Student Hours In Total

Learning Objective

To learn from leaders in the industry, be it online or offline, and develop meaningful projects that demonstrate my learning.

Teaching Objective

To work with the family and learner to search and find appropriate courses, and to help design and assess projects for the learner.

Students are expected to take a minimum of four courses per year, or work with their educator to determine a reasonable workload based on the courses that will benefit the learner. The educator will determine the student hours earned for each course based on the time and effort needed for the student to be successful in their endeavours.