Enki Virtual Community School

Enki Virtual Community School

New Comprehensive Program, Grades 6–9

Our new program is eligible for Department of Education Homeschool Credit*

My child was really needing the group experience, the independence. She LOVES Enki Virtual Community School!

~Parent in Texas

I have never seen my child so engaged and eager to craft and refine her work.

~Parent in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enki Virtual Community School

New Comprehensive Program, Grades 6–9

Our new program is eligible for Department of Education Homeschool Credit*

My child was really needing the group experience, the independence. She LOVES Enki Virtual Community School!

~Parent in Texas

I have never seen my child so engaged and eager to craft and refine her work.

~Parent in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enki Virtual Community School

New Comprehensive Program, Grades 6–9

Our new program is eligible for Department of Education Homeschool Credit*

My child was really needing the group experience, the independence. She LOVES Enki Virtual Community School!

~Parent in Texas

I have never seen my child so engaged and eager to craft and refine her work.

~Parent in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Now deep in our fourth year of delightfully successful programs, we are expanding into a NEW COMPREHENSIVE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL for Grades Six, Seven, and Eight/Nine. This program, detailed here, covers all subject areas: Humanities, Language Arts, Math, Science, and the Arts. It is designed to combine homeschooling with peer interaction, and do so in a flexible manner. This way you can choose the program structure to best meet your family’s needs and while supporting your child’s budding independence.

For many homeschooling children, the peer needs of this stage in life bring some challenges. From a developmental point of view, this is unavoidable – and good news; the 11 to 15 year old is pushing to find his or her own power, and part of that is a shift of focus to peers. As well, everything within the child is, rightfully, pushing to step away from parents. To meet this need, and yet support the beauty of schooling at home, we offer our  peer live-online program. Learn more about the “why’s” and “wherefore’s” of our approach to Junior High schooling.

The Enki cyber school is the only LIVE online class available for my daughter, and it has been a great fit.  This is a valuable format as the students feel part of a living classroom while able to access it from their individual locations. The students develop relationships with their teacher and each other!

Enki Education has long been a core part of our family life; with this peer program we find our daughter going further still, deepening learning through story, peer discussions, and writer’s workshop. The culminating projects are amazing—definitely worth checking out on the Enki site—and they offer the students even more peer interaction, with planning and executing done in teams, perfect for this age and stage of adolescence. Thank you Enki!

Parent in Colorado

To our delight, these live classes in the online environment successfully support peer relationships and learning to work as a community. Deep exploration, creative compromise, listening to one another, play, banter, and peer support, are all part of the daily fare. Many people, appropriately, want to see how this approach might fit their particular child. Only you can answer this, so we invite you to get a cup of tea and sit back for an indepth visit with our classes – there are a couple of hours worth of video, in short sections, on our classes in action page.

These Enki classes don’t just touch the surface; they give students a chance to dig deep and immerse themselves in the culture they are studying through their reading, art, music, and movement.  As a biracial family, it has always been of utmost importance for our children to learn to have an appreciation for all cultures, and Enki’s multicultural focus helps students develop not only appreciation, but real compassion for the global community.

What my son enjoyed most about the classes is that topics are taught in story form, with hands on art projects to bring it all to life. The interactions and resulting relationships that he has built with his classmates and teacher are wonderful.  He felt that the feedback he received from his peers and teacher in the writer’s workshop helped him significantly with his writing skills.

Our only regret is that we didn’t find out about Enki’s cyber classes sooner!

Parent in California

How does the NEW COMPREHENSIVE Program work?

Families are different and children are different. Therefore, while our new comprehensive program is structured to give your child a full Junior High School experience, we offer choices as to how best to combine the live-online experience with independent homeschooling.

In order to create a peer community and build a deep and shared ground of study, all students will participate in the Humanities section of the program, meeting online three times a week for two hours each class. This includes work with applied language arts, and with movement, music, and visual and sculptural arts.

Math, science, and grammar skills are developed from this deep base, but the work is structured such that it can either be done in the additional live-online classes, OR at home, according to your scheduling needs,  under parental guidance. The online classes meet twice a week for an hour and a half.

Our Shared Ground: Humanities Classes

At the heart of all work in Enki is the deep experience of our shared humanity. For this reason, the humanities classes are undertaken exclusively in the live-online format. Modern technology allows us to gather as a whole group, face-to-face and in real time. We then move between full group discussions and undertakings, and small, peer group work. In the small groups, we have peer discussions, writer’s workshops, and peer projects – and quite a bit of “peer play!” Under the guidance of a senior Enki teacher, each class includes discussions on independent reading, and writing, art, and project work.

The first 7-8 weeks of each Humanities unit is spent establishing the cultural and historical setting. During this time we work primarily with an Enki Book, reading and discussing, writing and doing art work. While this period has a great deal of peer interaction, it is primarily a whole group focus. Then, for the last five weeks, we shift our focus to the development of peer group projects. This includes peer planning, independent work, and small group work; most of all, it centers around the students’ creativity and independent follow through! See sample projects here

On that base, we offer choices: Math/Science, and Grammar Classes

Through the lens of the culture in focus in the shared humanities classes, we then take up the study of math, science, and grammar. For example, the science of physics, mechanics in particular, is studied in the context of the ancient Middle East where the use of the wheel, the lever, and so many other earth shaking discoveries were first recorded; ratio and proportion, as well as astronomy, are taken up in relation to Fibonacci and the European Renaissance, and so on.

These classes can be taken one of two ways:

  1. In the live-online format as was done with Humanities, OR
  2. you can do these as a family, with materials, teaching guides, and guidance for parents, provided by Enki.

NOW OFFERING for the 2020/21 School year: two comprehensive programs, Grades 6 and 7 (To support families in dealing with COVID restrictions, Grade 8 Humanities will be added in Autumn 2020 –  the Grade 8 Comprehensive program will not begin until Autumn 2021). Each program will have a 13-week unit in the Autumn, an 8 week unit in the Winter, and another 13-week unit in the Spring. Come see the classes in action here.

Grade 6

Course Details | Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)
To support families with the new demands presented by COVID-19, we will ONLY be offering the Humanities portion of this program for the 2020/21 school year.

6th Graders, with their focus on chaos, conflict, and order, will have the opportunity to explore the unfolding of these issues in: the Ancient Middle East; the world of the Inca; and, Ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Autumn, 13 weeks: The Middle East
  • Winter, 8 weeks: The Inca, with a Grammar unit focused on “the fundamentals” (sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and logical flow)
  • Spring, 13 weeks: Greece and Rome
written work from our multicultural education program

Grade 7

Course Details | Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)
To support families with the new demands presented by COVID-19, we will ONLY be offering the Humanities portion of this program for the 2020/21 school year.

7th Graders, with their need to see the world with their own eyes and recreate it for themselves, will have the opportunity to explore these issues as seen in: Ancient China; in a true sea survival story; and in the European Renaissance.

  • Autumn, 13 weeks: Ancient China
  • Winter, 8 weeks: Adrift (this unit focuses on resilience through a story of survival at), with a Grammar unit focused on shoring up the fundamentals and extending into work with imagery, metaphor, and simile.
  • Spring, 13 weeks: The European Renaissance
written work from our multicultural education program

Grade 8

Course Details | Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)
To support families with the new demands presented by COVID-19, we will now be offering the Humanities portion of this program for the 2020/21 school year.

8th Graders with their natural struggle to find their own way – largely through revolution – will have the opportunity to explore the struggle for justice through: revolution in South Africa (Mandela), Resistance in WWII (Jacques Lusseyran); and on revolution in Russia (Breshkovsky and Sakharov) (not available until 2021/22).

  • Autumn, 13 weeks: Revolution in Russia
  • Winter, 8 weeks: World War II, working from “And There Was Light.”
  • Spring, 13 weeks: Revolution in South Africa.
written work from our multicultural education program

Dates and Times for 2020/2021 School Year

  1. Humanities classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8:00am to 10:00am PACIFIC TIME, Students are asked to be available for an additional 30 minute “Office Hours” session, Tuesday after class. This time is used to help children requesting help, and to work with those not meeting their assignment deadlines.
  2. Group Project Presentations: These are the culminations of Fall and Spring Units. Family members are invited and encouraged to attend to share in the student project presentations. December 11 and June 11, 8:00am PACIFIC time.
    • Fall Session, 13 weeks: September 8 to December 11 [breaks: October 12/13 and Thanksgiving (Nov 26/27)]
    • Winter Session, 8 weeks: Jan 4 to February 26 [breaks: MLK Day (Jan 18) and one week between terms]
    • Spring Session, 13 weeks: March 8 to June 11 [breaks: spring break (Apr 12–16) and Memorial Day (May 31)]

Is this the program for your child?

Fees:

  1. Spots are filled on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Tuition is $2400, and covers the full year’s tuition and fees, regardless of the program structure chosen. 
  3. We offer a SLIDING SCALE option; simply fill out the linked form and return with your tax forms.
  4. CORE reading materials are included in the fee. These are made available through the RedShelf digital subscription program, or can be sent directly to you for an additional fee. The public texts used in the winter unit are available at your local library or through Amazon or Audible online.
  5. You will be provided with a list of journal, art, and project materials needed for each course. These you purchase locally.
  6. Payment Plans: Payments can be made one of three ways: for the year in full, receiving a $100 discount; three times a year; or on a monthly basis by credit card only. First and last months’ tuitions are due at time of registration.

You do need to have good internet access and a computer with a camera. We use the Zoom program. It works very well and is free to the students, and they can meet socially on zoom outside of class time.

Space is limited.

* For your homeschool credit, Enki will provide you with a Course Description, Verification of Completion (assuming regular attendance and completion of work), and an evaluation. To date, once submitted, these have always been accepted for credit by every state and province where application has made, both in the U.S and across Canada. Some states will also ask that you submit a portfolio – for this, you simply photograph the student’s good book – made in class – and send that in digitally. Historically, these have not only been accepted, but are routinely greeted with much enthusiasm!

Want to find out more about Enki Virtual Community School?

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