“School” for Homeschoolers
Richmond, Kentucky – June 2014 – Many families across Kentucky, and the U.S. are disenfranchised with the limited educational options for their children. Increased emphasis on testing and large class sizes in the public school sector and exorbitant tuition, limited choices, and long waiting lists in the private sector has led an increasing number of families to consider homeschooling. While homeschooling is a viable option for many families others families want different options. According to Madison Integrated Learning Center Director Kimberly Hale, hybrid-schooling models provide a welcome alterative to conventional schooling and homeschooling by integrating the two.
The hybrid-educational approach, which integrates classroom-learning days with homeschooling days, is growing in popularity. Schools in other states, such as Trivium Charter School, SLO Classical Academy, and Fideles Christian School, employ this model. Highlands Latin School, The Lexington Latin School, and Veritas Christian Academy are among the few hybrid-educational options in Kentucky.
Madison County homeschoolers have support groups, co-operatives offering enrichment activities, and a Classical Conversations community; however, until now, a truly hybrid-educational model has not been available.
Madison Integrated Learning Center looks to fill the need for a hybrid-learning model for families in Madison County. Enroll students will attend classes on Wednesdays and Fridays where they will explore areas such as history, science, writing, applied mathematics, and arts. They will homeschool three additional days per week with guided support from Madison Integrated Learning Center instructors.
The first public information meeting about Madison Integrated Academy will be held June 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Community Room of the Madison County Public Library on Main Street in Richmond, Kentucky.
Madison Integrated Learning Center fosters academic excellence and personal development in a collaborative learning environment.
The mission of Madison Integrated Learning Center is to provide an integrated curriculum that reaches across disciplines and age levels and a place where students are encouraged to meet challenges (academic, social, emotional, and physical) with openness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to solve problems. We strive to cultivate creativity and nurture individuality while demonstrating respect for differences and community values. – Kimberly Hale