The high school that shapes teens into happy, standout adults

Prisma high schoolers dive deep into passion areas, solve real-world problems and learn alongside a global cohort of peers while building a portfolio that sets them apart.
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A curriculum that’s hard fun
We make learning relevant and exciting via our interdisciplinary, themes-based curriculum and our focus on hands-on, project-based learning.
Freedom to chart your own path
Prisma learners are given the freedom and support to go deep into their areas of interest - be it starting a business, coding a game or digging into college-level courses.
The skills you’ll need for adulthood
At Prisma, teens learn to manage their schedules, set goals, complete real-world projects, hold down internships, work in teams, and think for themselves.
A coach to bring out your best
Each Prisma learner has a mentor who connects with them daily, provides regular feedback and helps them to discover their strengths and life goals.
A caring community that has your back
Prisma learners get the best of both worlds - a diverse, global community and a small, close-knit cohort of peers who meet daily to support one another.
A way to stand out from the crowd
The best way to get noticed by colleges is to do something different. All Prisma learners graduate with a portfolio of projects and a resume of internships and tangible accomplishments.

Prisma is a global virtual high school focused on personalized learning, real-world projects, 1-on-1 coaching, and uplifting socialization.

"I think Prisma has 100% found the secret sauce to engaging & meaningful learning."
Kim J.
Prisma Parent
"The other day he said to me 'Prisma is the only school I've been to that really feels like a community.'"
Candace C.
Prisma Parent
"We are so impressed with Prisma. Daniella is so excited to learn and collaborate with her new friends."
MaryAnn M.
Prisma Parent
"I was excited about the model when I first read about it; implementation has exceeded my high expectations."
Nicole B.
Prisma Parent
"It is so clear that there is a strong connection being formed—a bond between the kids and the coaches."
John A.
Prisma Parent
"You have found the absolutely perfect way to make online learning work."
Andrea O.
Prisma Parent
"I love Prisma! Thank you for making this wonderful school!!"
Kelsey
Prisma Parent
"My kids love it - it’s that simple."
Brittany L.
Prisma Parent
"Mey loves Prisma and she misses Prisma on weekends."
Canay A.
Prisma Parent
"They said Sunday that they couldn’t wait for school Monday morning."
Kara N.
Prisma Parent
"It is really heartwarming to see the positive impact Prisma is having on Mysha (personally and academically)."
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What's included?
Live learning
  • Daily standup with mentor coach & peers
  • Immersive small-group workshops
  • Live math, English Language Arts, humanities & science support
Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary themes & project-based learning
  • Self-paced instruction in all graduation requirements
  • In-depth assessment & mastery-based transcript
Mentorship
  • Regular 1-on-1s with mentor coach
  • Support from subject-matter experts
  • College & career counseling
Extra-curricular
  • Prisma Clubs
  • Virtual social lounges
  • Live events & in-person meetups

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An interdisciplinary, hands-on, flexible curriculum

Interdisciplinary themes
Prisma high schoolers explore a new theme during each 12-week learning cycle. Themes are engaging, relevant and rooted in urgent questions facing our world.
Real-world projects
Each cycle learners complete a hands-on, theme-related project such as starting a business, coding a game, designing a museum exhibit or building a rocket.
Engaging workshops
Prisma high schoolers engage in daily live learning ranging from socratic discussions and problem solving workshops to small-group math tutoring and STEM labs.
Specialist courses & dual-enrollment
At Prisma, if you want to get a headstart on college-level physics, take specialized arts courses or pursue a coding certification, you can via carefully vetted partners.
Pathways
Every teen deserves the chance to go deep into their areas of passion and strength. That’s why we offer pathways where learners hone their area of interest alongside a specialist coach and like-minded peers.
Capstones & Internships
We believe in the importance of real-world learning experiences. Prisma learners complete a year-long internship or community project and a year-long ‘capstone’ related to their chosen Pathway.
A better way to socialize
  • Prisma kids get the best of both worlds: a small, close-knit cohort that meets daily and access to a diverse, global community.
  • They run clubs, collaborate on projects, join virtual social lounges & meet up in person
  • 100% of kids say Prisma’s community is more supportive than their previous school
Stand-out to colleges & employers
  • To get into college, you can follow the typical path and get lost in the shuffle or, you can take a more unique path and stand out from the crowd
  • Prisma learners develop a portfolio of real-world projects, specialized coursework, in-depth investigations & internships
  • They demonstrate a level of passion, curiosity, self-sufficiency, & mastery that is highly attractive to colleges & employers

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Prisma high school program cost?
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Our high school program costs $9,900/year or $3,300/session.

This includes:

  • Daily standup with mentor coach & peers
  • Immersive small-group workshops
  • Live math, English Language Arts, humanities & science support
  • Interdisciplinary themes & project-based learning
  • Self-paced instruction in all graduation requirements
  • In-depth assessment & mastery-based transcript
  • Regular 1-on-1s with mentor coach
  • Support from subject-matter experts
  • College & career counseling
  • Prisma Clubs & Virtual social lounges
  • Live events & in-person meetups
Do you provide financial aid?
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Within your application you will be asked to state your income along with what you can afford to pay for Prisma. Given this information and any other factors that you wish to share, we’ll evaluate your request for support. We have limited spots available at various pricing levels within our cohorts, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of support being available.

When and how can I enroll?
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We accept applications year-round and enroll learners at the start of our fall, winter and spring sessions. See our calendar for exact start dates.

Do you offer a part-time program?
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Not yet. We're a full-time, comprehensive high school program.

Where can Prisma learners be located geographically?
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A key part of Prisma’s mission is to create a global network of young people who learn and grow together in mutually enriching community. As such, we are expanding the time zones in which we operate as quickly as possible. For now, Prisma learners need to be fluent in English, and our middle school program is available in all geographies aside from UTC+4 to UTC+8 (i.e. We are not yet able to offer our program in countries with time zones like India, Russia or China). 

Prisma High School will initially be available in US-compatible and Western European time zones. Graduates of Prisma’s high school will receive a US private school diploma and will need to take US History. Note: We are not able to accommodate German citizens due to local education laws.

What happens if I want to transfer to another high school?
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If you want to transfer to another high school, we will provide you with a learner portfolio (documenting all key learning milestones and developed competencies), which we can help you to convert to a transcript that captures all the courses (i.e. badges) earned at Prisma. This serves to translate Prisma work to a conventional school’s equivalent requirements.

Will my child thrive at Prisma?
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A wide range of kids thrive in our middle school program, and we expect our high school to be the same. Prisma may be an especially good fit for:

  • Young people who feel unfulfilled by school
  • Young people who want to delve into a passion or interest
  • Young people who feel like school slows them down
  • Young people who need to go slower in some subjects and faster in others
  • Young people excited about learning through doing and creating a robust portfolio of projects
  • Families who want the freedom to live wherever they want
Will Prisma high school graduates be able to attend selective colleges?
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Yes. From our focus on real-world skill building and problem solving to our emphasis on ethical and communication fluency, young people will come away from their time at Prisma with valuable skills, having been shaped into young adults who will be poised to shine when applying to selective schools. Additionally, we plan to build relationships with colleges and organizations to help them understand how our program enables each learner to thrive and prepares young people for the future, including in higher education. Our aim is that within the next 3 years admissions personnel at selective schools get excited when they see an applicant coming from Prisma.

How do Prisma high schoolers apply to college?
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Prisma is a registered Florida private school, and a Prisma diploma complies with all graduation requirements set forth by the state of Florida. We are also on the path to accreditation and, once accredited, will have a college board number that our young people can use to apply to college. We plan to be fully accredited before our learners will be at the point of applying to college or graduating from Prisma.

Will AP or IB courses be offered?
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Prisma will partner with carefully selected, accredited organizations to offer AP and IB courses so that each learner can self-select the best courses and curriculum that lines up with their interests and dreams for the future.

My child will be transferring to Prisma from another high school. Will their credits be accepted?
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We assess each incoming learner's transcript individually when we review your application. Any credit earned from an accredited institution will be accepted, and credits earned from non-accredited institutions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What is Prisma high school’s annual calendar?
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Are there grades?
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Prisma includes a lot of holistic and formative assessment. We have lots of opportunities for meaningful, regular feedback and iteration so that learners really get to do their best work and learn as they go. We don’t have grades in the conventional A-F sense; however, we do have rubrics for learning—both in terms of what quality work looks like and what skill attainment and learning objectives are associated with each theme and project. We share these key learning milestones with Prisma learners and their families so that everyone is on the same page regarding expectations and learning outcomes, and learners have the opportunity to earn badges with distinction (meaning that they really went above and beyond in their mastery of the skill or knowledge area). When needed, we help learners convert their Prisma work and badges into a more conventional record.

Here's a great article from Harvard Graduate School of Education on why competency-based badges are better than seat-time-based grades.

What technology requirements are there?
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At a minimum to successfully participate in Prisma, young people need a consistently reliable internet connection, a quiet space to learn with limited distractions and a computer (not a tablet) with a webcam and microphone designated for the learner's daytime use. More specifically, we’ve found that at internet speeds lower than 25 mbps or with a computer that has less than 4 GB of RAM or less than 4 cores, learners may experience tech challenges associated with navigating our live synchronous sessions and digital learning platforms. More details, including device recommendations, can be found here.

Is Prisma high school open to learners with special needs?
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Yes! We’ve found that Prisma works incredibly well for learners with a variety of accommodation needs. Within the Prisma application you’ll have the opportunity to describe your young person’s needs. You’re also welcome to contact us before applying to see if Prisma is a good fit.

We don’t yet have the resources needed to support learners who struggle to learn independently via asynchronous work or who aren’t able to participate in live synchronous sessions. We've also found that young people who have severe auditory processing disorders, ASD or anxiety that prohibits them from participating in synchronous sessions may struggle at Prisma.

What in-personal socialization opportunities are available?
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Prisma has a robust learner and parent community—with families who organize events, summer camps and a variety of ways to get together from museum tours to time in a local park across the US. We’ve found that Prisma families love to tell their friends about their experiences with us, so often small groups of learners wind up geographically co-located and find great ways to connect regularly in their local communities. 

Socialization also happens organically online. At Prisma, learners have daily social lounges where they have the option to hang out or play games with other young people from all over the world. They can join learner-led clubs that meet each Friday, some of which are Baking club, Nature club, Inventor's club, Coding club, Debate club, and Prisma News. There are also lots of coach or expert-led enrichments to choose from each cycle like art, musical theater, leadership and survival skills.

How flexible is your high school program?
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Prisma offers flexibility in many ways! Beyond the ability to learn from wherever you want, Prisma gives learners

  • Time flexibility:  Learners have synchronous and asynchronous instruction each day. Synchronous standups and workshops are purposefully placed together so learners have long periods of uninterrupted time each day to work on projects and explore interests.
  • Choice:  Each theme-based cycle offers learners lots of choice in terms of what they learn, how they learn and how they demonstrate their learning through projects. Learners also get to choose a capstone project and internship in their 11th and 12th grade years. 
  • Unlimited AP & Dual Enrollment options for learners to go deeper into academic pursuits that interest them.
How are graduation requirements handled?
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All high school graduation requirements can be met through Prisma themes, workshops or missions. We frontload most graduation requirements in the first two years to give learners lots of flexibility to explore AP or dual enrollment courses or to spend time diving deeper into areas of passion through capstone projects and internships.

Who's a good fit for Prisma's high school?
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A wide range of kids thrive in our middle school program and we expect our high school to be the same, but it may be an especially good fit for:

  • Kids who feel unfulfilled by school
  • Kids who want to delve into a passion or interest
  • Kids who feel like school slows them down
  • Kids who need to go slower in some subjects and faster than others
  • Kids excited about learning through doing and creating a robust portfolio of projects
  • Families who want the freedom to live wherever they want
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