It has been almost two weeks since I wrote last. It has been hard to find something that, in my mind, seems worthwhile to focus on. Not that there isn't a ton of worthwhile stuff going on; it just takes a tremendous amount of mental energy to blog intelligently (as you may have noticed from time to time!!), and I have had a hard time focusing on one thing.
But now we look to the future a bit as we figure out what happens next, both for myself and La Petite personally, and for HoneyFern.
And the decision has been made: not only will HoneyFern continue next year, but I am considering expanding the school to lower grades (with a slightly different model, sort of a pre-HoneyFern experience - wean them off the lockstep obedience of public school and set curriculum to curiosity and engagement with themes and big ideas); HoneyFern would potentially accept students entering 3rd - 12th grade for the fall, and I am considering changing our school week to include five days a week, too.
This would necessitate a slight rise in tuition, but it will still remain far lower than the average tuition for Atlanta.
This is all still in conversation, but it is interesting to think about expanding to lower grades; the conversation has been sparked by the fact that I receive a handful of inquiries into options for students in lower grades every week, and also by this pilot school in Massachusetts. Check out their video series explaining who they are and what they do.
What do you think? Do you have kids who would thrive in this model? Are you interested in helping get this off the ground? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!