Project-Based Online School: How It Works

High-quality project-based learning mirrors the real-world process of creative problem-solving. Here's how we pull off this hands-on, collaborative form of schooling virtually.

Emily Veno
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December 14, 2023

What Are Microschools? 6 Pros and Cons for Parents

Microschools come in as many forms as public, private, and charter schools do. Here are some pros and cons to consider before enrolling in this alternative schooling model.

Emily Veno
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February 11, 2024

5 Best Online High Schools

So, traditional brick-and-mortar high school isn’t a good option, and you’re exploring alternatives. Here’s what to discuss as a family to narrow down the infinite options.

Emily Veno
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January 31, 2024

Reasons to Homeschool

When done well, homeschooling can deliver results traditional schooling rarely, if ever, does.

Emily Veno
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January 8, 2024

8 Most Popular Online Homeschool Programs

We’re fans of online learning, but it depends how it’s done. Here’s some pros and cons of different kinds of online homeschooling resources to consider, plus links to a variety of options.

Emily Veno
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November 16, 2023

Homeschool Unit Study Examples & Free Planning Template

Unit studies blend multiple subjects together to create real-world, interest-driven learning experiences. Steal the approach our curriculum experts use to create themes with a free downloadable unit study planner.

Emily Veno
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November 6, 2023

Meet Camil Aponte

“The curriculum at Prisma allows learners to learn about their strengths and use their passions in an organic and interdisciplinary way. The kids have the freedom to choose by having differentiated projects, quests, enrichments, and clubs.”

Emily Veno
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October 21, 2023

How Do Homeschoolers Get Into College?

You might be hearing from friends, extended family, and random strangers in the doctor’s office “there’s no way your kid will be able to get into a good college as a homeschooler.” Impolite, yes. True? Let’s figure it out.

Emily Veno
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October 20, 2023

Meet Todd Forsyth

“The amount of support and check-ins our learners have at Prisma is unparalleled compared to anywhere else I’ve ever worked.”

Emily Veno
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October 16, 2023

5 Most Popular Homeschooling Styles

Each of the most popular homeschool styles has existed for a long time, and each has diehard evangelizers and fervent critics. From classical to unit studies to unschooling, this guide will help you find the form best suited to your family.

Emily Veno
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October 13, 2023

Meet Tim Corkran

“What most drew me to Prisma was the chance to work with a fully project-based curriculum custom-designed for middle schoolers who are hungry for academic engagement.”

Emily Veno
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October 10, 2023

6 Best Online Middle Schools

The best online school for your family is a question of priorities: More support or lower tuition costs? Traditional or project-based academics? Asynchronous or lots of interaction? We break it down in this post.

Emily Veno
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October 4, 2023

Meet David Waitzer

David Waitzer is the Founding Learning Coach for our first cohort in East Asia & Oceania. In this post, he describes how his background teaching and leading for innovative international education companies will help him accelerate the growth of Prisma learners.

Emily Veno
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October 3, 2023

Announcing Prisma East Asia and Oceania

Prisma has hundreds of learners across the Western Hemisphere. Along the way, we've gotten requests to launch cohorts in new time zones from families around the world who want to be part of what we’re building. Next up is East Asia & Oceania! 

Emily Veno
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October 3, 2023

Meet Lizzie Thompson

Middle School Curriculum Designer Lizzie uses her diverse experiences: studying Literature at Harvard, leading outdoor adventure expeditions, and teaching high school English, to help Prisma learners find their voices.

Emily Veno
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September 25, 2023

Is Online School the Same as Homeschooling?

The pandemic has made homeschooling easier than ever before with a boom of online options from curriculum, to part-time programs, to full-time schools. But which is best for your family?

Emily Veno
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September 23, 2023

Meet Trevor Baker

Prisma High School’s Launchpad Program will prepare learners to tackle their next phase, be it college, training, or an exciting career. Trevor Baker, our LaunchPad program designer, describes how he sets learners up for success.

Emily Veno
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September 14, 2023

Decision Making for Kids

You might have to jump in at first. But eventually, with the right modeling and practice, kids can develop the skills to make thoughtful decisions.

Emily Veno
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September 13, 2023

Meet Gabe DellaVecchia

Middle School Curriculum Designer Gabe, an expert in interdisciplinary learning with a PhD from the University of Michigan, explains how he designs themes that blend together STEM and literacy.

Emily Veno
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September 7, 2023

Activities for Homeschoolers: 45 Unique Ideas

One of the most fun parts of being a homeschooling parent is creating fun learning experiences for your kiddos! In this post, we share our favorite at-home activities and online resources.

Emily Veno
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September 6, 2023

Meet Helen Reinecke

Our Head of Middle School Curriculum explains how her team blends core subjects and real-world topics to design “hard fun” cycle themes.

Emily Veno
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August 31, 2023

Emotional Intelligence for Middle and High Schoolers

One of the reasons our team wanted to develop a new kind of school was because we felt traditional schooling doesn’t put enough emphasis on developing emotionally intelligent kids. But what is emotional intelligence and how do you develop it?

Emily Veno
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August 30, 2023

Meet Carolyn Ruffin

"Carolyn is a miracle worker in math. Piper's attitude towards math has improved so much this year. It's never been her favorite subject but Carolyn's patience and encouragement has made such a positive impact." -Alexia A., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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August 24, 2023

Media Literacy for Kids: The Ultimate Guide

Media literacy is touted as one of the most important “21st century skills” for kids to master, in line with creativity, communication, and grit. Thinking through the amount of time most of us spend interacting with some form of media each day makes a good case for this.

Emily Veno
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August 23, 2023

Meet Lauren Green

“Lauren is fantastic and has struck a nice balance of connecting with Cooper and keeping him on task. I'm impressed to see real growth in Cooper around self awareness, reflecting on his “glows and grows,” and goal setting.” -Kym J., Prisma parent

Emily Veno
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August 17, 2023

Meet Kimberly Harlan

“I've seen growth in my kids, and most importantly a solid relationship between them and their coaches. We feel so grateful for these amazing humans that have entered our kids' lives. My kids' words exactly: ‘These teachers actually want to be here. They really care!’ ” -Katie M., Parent in Kimberly’s Cohort

Emily Veno
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August 14, 2023

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