If you’ve ever Googled “private hybrid schools near me,” this article is for you.
In it, we will give you all the information you’re looking for:
- How to find a private hybrid school
- Why private hybrid schools work so well for many families
- The differences between private hybrid schools. (Not all are created equal, and that’s a good thing!)
Because our North Georgia campus is based in, you guessed it, North Georgia, this article will focus primarily on private hybrid schools in the northern area of Georgia. However, we hope this article arms you with the information you need to find private hybrid schools near you — wherever you are.
Can you define “private hybrid schools near me?”
If you know what a private hybrid school is, then locating one near you is not the issue. It’s discerning what kind of hybrid school will work for your family.
First, let’s explore why this article is titled “The Best Private Hybrid Schools Near Me” instead of “The Best Hybrid Schools Near Me.” The solution is more than semantics.
Many public school systems now offer a version of hybrid learning. Hybrid learning can look very different from hybrid homeschooling. If your public school offers a hybrid, or sometimes called blended, learning option, it is still public school.
Let’s be clear: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sending your child to public school and letting him or her choose that option if it works best for your family.
But that option does have some limitations. It will usually require your student to log in to a computer at a specific time, with very few breaks, and keep hours similar to a public school day even while at home. Or your child may just log in for a few classes, get his or her assignments, and have little to no face-to-face interaction on the at-home days.
That works for some families, but if you need more flexibility and face time with a teacher and/or other students, you want to look for a private hybrid homeschool.
How is a private hybrid school different?
Most private hybrid schools offer at least a little more flexibility than a public school system can. This is primarily because many private hybrid schools are privately funded and are not working with thousands of students.
Still, there are multiple private hybrid schools that operate and appear just like a regular, full-time private school with one exception: They allow students to take some of their work to do at home anywhere from one to three other days of the school week.
So a schedule may look like this: Mondays and Wednesdays are in school during regular, set schooling hours (such as 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, a student has been given work to do at home under the supervision of a parent. Usually, this work resembles the kind of homework a child would be given in either a traditional public school or private school classroom.
Little to no effort is required of parents except to monitor and perhaps guide younger students. A parent may help explain the instructions, refer to the textbook help provided, and then allow the student to complete all the assigned problems.
Often, there is no teacher interaction between the parent and student except during conferences, to talk about grade monitoring and the occasional email.
This system works for many families who are busy but want to see their children more often than if they were in a five-day private or public school.
In this model, parents are not asked much, but they usually also don’t get to weigh in on how assignments are completed, if and when grades are taken, and why an assignment is given. There may be some limited options for modified assignments, but most private hybrid schools that operate more as a part-time private school do not offer accommodations for gifted students and/or learning challenges.
Are there other kinds of private hybrid schools near me?
Not all private hybrid schools operate in the more traditional model. There are some that
- Offer a weekly enrichment program but not as much academic guidance
- Provide academic guidance one to two days per week but only on an a la carte basis with little to no partnership between parents and teachers
- Specialize in a specific subject area, such as math or science
- Require parents to volunteer as teachers or enrichment day monitors in order to enroll
As you can see, the options for private hybrid schools are varied. Many families, after doing research, find that a private hybrid school is either too rigid or too flexible.
Finding a balance can be tough.
How is Learnwell North Georgia different from other private hybrid schools?
Many families come to Learnwell after they have tried other hybrid school models but found those models lacked something they were looking for – flexibility, ownership, a true partnership between teachers and parents, and a school where students can engage with other students outside of the classroom regularly.
Learnwell offers a private hybrid school model that encourages
- Parents to own the education of their children between grades K and 5
- Parents to begin the transfer of that education to students, little by little, in middle school
- Middle school students to take ownership of their education by starting to take a little more responsibility for how they access their own learning modules and assignments
- High school students to take ownership of how they learn best (choosing various classroom models for different subject areas – such as an independent study for one course and a traditional classroom model for another and a more hands-on career-focused approach for yet another subject), depending on their unique gifts and wiring
- Parents and teachers to work together to make a student’s education as individualized as possible
- Community interaction between parents and students through optional, organized meetups, field trips, and school events
- Service in the local community and the global community to give students the option to find their “best fit” and most unique area of passion when it comes to serving others
- Families and their students to have margin, free time, and to develop long-lasting relationships with other families at school so they can feel seen and known
- Teachers to communicate regularly and often with parents so that they each know what’s happening in the classroom and during the at-home days, and adjustments can be made as needed
- Gifted students to shine with depth, not extra busy work, through our REACH program
While Learnwell does not believe its model will work for any family, there are plenty of families for whom it works well.
What families are saying about Learnwell as a private hybrid school
“Our teacher is very helpful. Everyone seems approachable.”
“Everyone is super responsive.”
“Super impressed – this has been a surprisingly easy transition.”
“(My child) loves school so much!”
“We love the extra activities that are being offered. The community is a 10!”
The best way to find out if Learnwell’s private hybrid school model will work for your family is to join us at an upcoming Discover Learnwell event or reach out to our admissions department for a tour.
If you’ve read this and discovered it’s EXACTLY what you’re looking for but you aren’t close to our North Georgia campus, we have a partnership program for families who live anywhere in the world. It’s called the Navigator Program.
Through it, our teachers write lesson plans for busy homeschool parents and partner with parents throughout the entire school year to make sure students are on track. To find out more, you can request information or contact our admissions office.