After serving millions of students poorly during the Covid-19 pandemic, the American education system is undergoing some much-needed reform. With more state-level support for education freedom initiatives than ever before, students and families are receiving the support they need as they seek out educational opportunities that best suit their families.

While homeschooling has become an attractive option for thousands of families across the country, it’s certainly not for everybody. For those who are not keen on making the jump to fully at-home instruction, but are positive they want alternatives to traditional private or public schools, microschooling is a happy medium.

The National Microschooling Center is an organization that exists to support and launch microschools across the country. They hope to connect interested families, provide resources, and advocate for policies that support the advancement of microschools across the country. 

Microschools are independent learning environments that cater to a limited number of students. According to the Microschool Revolution, another organization that supports the formation of these creative educational outposts, it’s often referred to as “outsourced homeschooling.” 

Microschools are often born from a desire for personalized, unrestricted educational opportunities that bring together like-minded families in a community. 

The National Microschooling Center publishes many resources for microschool-curious people as well as those already set on jumping into this exciting movement.  

Their newest resource, Roadmap to Successful Catholic Microschooling, offers context descriptions, and examples for the launch of a Catholic microschool. It details reasons why microschooling makes sense for those seeking a Catholic education, both financially and philosophically. A microschool may allow families to circumvent higher tuition costs by keeping tuition lower thanks to the small number of students.

According to their resources, Catholic microschools work particularly well because there is a natural host partner, the local parish, which often has available space for classrooms. Catholic microschools provide a community for children and parents while also acting as a place for talented members to give back assisting in the success of the school, whether that is through teaching, management, or financial support. 

The National Microschooling Center also offers membership opportunities, which include access to learning tools, policy help, and mentorship from experienced educators. 

As the year closes, we can look ahead to 2024 and all of the exciting educational opportunities cropping up in communities across the country.  Microschooling is sure to be one to keep our eyes on.