Admissions

We offer a full-time, comprehensive virtual program for 4-10th graders. We accept applicants on a rolling basis, so don't wait to apply.

Requirements

  • Learner is fluent in English
  • Learner is a rising 4th-10th grader
  • Learner has basic technology skills
  • Can operate within time zones UTC+9 to UTC+3 (not yet available in China, India, Russia or other time-zone similar countries)
  • Consistently reliable internet connection
  • Quiet space to learn with limited distractions
  • Computer with a webcam and microphone designated for the learner's daytime use
  • Family provides appropriate in-person supervision according to learner age and maturity
  • Excited to be an active participant in our camera-on community
  • Comply with local education requirements, including homeschool registration in certain locations

Calendar

Fall 2022

  • Kickoff & Community week: Aug 22 - 26
  • Learning cycle 1: Aug 29 - Oct 12
  • Learning cycle 2: Oct 13 - Nov 18

Winter 2023

  • Learning cycle 3: Dec 1 - Jan 31
  • Learning cycle 4: Feb 1 - Mar 13

Spring 2023

  • Learning cycle 5: Mar 28 - May 8
  • Learning cycle 6: May 9 - Jun 8

Pricing

Our standard pricing is $1,575 per learning cycle, but we also offer a range of financial support options. Don't let price be a reason you don't apply to Prisma!

Process

  • Schedule info session (optional)

Schedule an optional info session with a Prisma team member if you'd like to learn more before applying.

  • Complete application

Tell us who you are , why you want to join Prisma and share a few pieces of work with us that you're proud of.

  • Interview via live video

Speak with a member of our Prisma team via live video. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better. This is not a formal interview, just a friendly conversation. While the interview is primarily with the learner, ideally we’d like to talk with their legal guardian during this time as well.

  • Receive decision

You'll receive a decision within a few days of completing your interview.

  • Onboard to Prisma

After you decide to join Prisma, we'll send you onboarding resources, do a tech check and make sure that you have all the tools you need to learn with us in advance of your official start date.

Frequently asked questions

Who is Prisma a good fit for?
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Learners who choose Prisma may be extroverted, introverted, funny, opinionated, pensive, gregarious, eager, reserved, a little bit rebellious, and everything in between! A bit of curiosity and adaptability goes a long way in enabling learners to flourish in our community, and basic digital skills for navigating online learning are important too (We can help with this). Our goal is to see every child who learns with Prisma brimming with self-esteem, the confidence to be their authentic selves, a strong sense of personal agency, and passion for at least one thing that deeply excites them. We also are committed to fostering a collaborative and community-oriented environment that encourages kids to thrive.

How do families apply to Prisma?
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Our admissions page outlines how to apply.

I have more than one child. Can I enroll all my children?
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Yes! We have many siblings at Prisma. (We recommend that your children each have access to a computer rather than sharing one)

Does my local school district need to know that I’m attending Prisma?
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Because K-12 education is regulated at the state (and even local school district) level, we aren’t able to provide a singular response for what notification you may be required to provide or what steps you may need to take where you live. We’ve found that the majority of US states simply require a family to formally withdraw their child from public school—typically by filling out a form that can be obtained either online and/or at your local public school where you state the reason for not attending public school as attending private school instead. 

A minority of US states classify students who attend an online private school not specifically based in the student’s state of residence as homeschooled. To our present knowledge, CA, LA, MA, MD, NY and PA operate this way. If you live in one of those US states, you can reach out to your local district to learn how to homeschool in your local area. You can also read about homeschooling in your state here or in your country (if located outside of the US) here.

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