If you’ve ever Googled “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 hybrid school
- Why hybrid schools work so well for many families
- The differences between 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 hybrid schools in the northern area of Georgia. However, we hope this article arms you with the information you need to find hybrid schools near you — wherever you are.
Can you define “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 “Hybrid Schools Near Me” instead of “Hybrid Educational Models.” 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 Google “hybrid homeschool near me” or “hybrid school near me.”
How is a hybrid school different?
Most hybrid schools offer a little more flexibility than a public school system can. This is primarily because many 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.
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. Secure your spot with Learnwell.
Are there other kinds of 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 hybrid schools are varied.
Finding a balance for what your family needs from a hybrid school can be tough, so let’s explore how Learnwell North Georgia’s hybrid homeschool differs.
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, individualization of a child’s education, 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 hybrid school model that encourages the following:
- 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 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 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 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 develop long-lasting relationships with other families at school so they can feel seen and known
- Teachers 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 are allowed to shine with depth, not extra busy work, through our REACH program
What is a sample daily schedule at Learnwell North Georgia Hybrid School?
Depending on the age and grade of your child, a daily schedule may vary.
For elementary school students, the day is a little shorter and they stay in the same classroom with one classroom teacher. They attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30. Our older elementary school students are released 15 minutes later than our kindergarten through second graders.
For our middle school students, they start to take on more ownership of their education as they gain organizational skills and some independence. They attend school from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. so that they can maximize their in-class time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and attend discipleship and life skills as they move from sixth and seventh grade into eighth grade.
High school schedules vary depending on the grade of each student. For ninth grade, students start at 8:45 a.m. and finish at 3:15 p.m.
How do hybrid schools like Learnwell provide community for students and families?
Learnwell offers opportunities to build friendships in a variety of ways. Through field trips, special events, electives, extracurricular activities and casual meetups, there are plenty of ways to get involved and make friends — both for your child and your entire family. One of our core values is authentic community, where students are known and loved. Discover Learnwell!
How does Learnwell serve gifted students?
Our hybrid school loves to celebrate the gifts of all students, and we believe every student is wired differently with their own gifts and talents. For students who need additional challenge or just want to dive deeper into specific subjects, our REACH program is a great fit. It’s open to all students, so we do not pull gifted students from class, administer gifted tests, or keep the REACH program separate. Every Learnwell student is invited to participate in REACH challenges and programming. Typically, gifted learning is approached from a faster vs. deeper outlook. Instead of fast-tracking students to skip grades, we often recommend going deeper when they need more challenging material. However, we do work with each family individually and make accommodations where needed for all kinds of learners.
What about sports at Learnwell?
While Learnwell does not offer sports programs, you can still participate in sports at the middle and high school levels through the Dexter Mosely Act. So, a Learnwell student could still be enrolled at the hybrid school, get all of his or her classes there, and attend one other class – either online or in person – at his or her local middle or high school in order to participate in a specific sport or extracurricular activity that may not be offered by Learnwell. You can read more details to see if your student would be eligible.
What families are saying about Learnwell as a 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!”