Outsource your math and science to us! Students come to class one day per week and immersed in experiments or activities designed to facilitate revelation in math or science. Students are then provided with digitally delivered extensions which allow them to revisit and reinforce the ideas learned in class throughout the rest of the week. Extensions consist of activities, relevant readings and videos, and practice sets. Energized students eagerly go home and study it from different perspectives at their own pace in a chair, at their desk, in their head... or wherever!
We encourage a flexible and personalized learning experience in which QC serves as the catalyst and inspiration for students to take on their own learning.
Each of our academic classes meets once a week for an activity-based exploration of a singular idea in math and science. We pull from the history of math or science and from real world applications when designing activities. Basing each class on these real settings serves to contextualize and ground the work for the student – they are not working in the abstract.
school day schedule
Both the school day and the classroom are organized to help students get the most out of their day on campus.
Extended Class Sessions: Our extended class periods allow students to delve deeply into advanced ideas. We know play is important to balance learning and students take breaks during each session for snack and recess.
Supervised Lunch Break: Overseen by QC staff, students have a chance to socialize and play with their fellow students, with activities from tag or soccer, to board games or reading.
In the QC classroom, student exploration is the focus! There are no lectures or textbooks. The main goal of QC instructors is to get out of the way so students can make their own discoveries. With a focus on group work and collaboration, students work together to identify important concepts in math and science.
All QC courses follow the same in-class structure designed to facilitate student discovery:
Launch: Contextualizing the day through either history or application, QC instructors lead a discussion to review previous concepts and introduce the L.A.B. of the day.
Lab: Taking up the majority of the classroom time, students work in groups, or independently on a variety of activity types. QC teachers serve as facilitators guiding and challenging students as they follow their own ideas.
Landing: As a class, students discuss the lab and their results. QC instructors help students classify their findings by naming the concept/discovery from math and science fields.
Each week's set of labs are paired with curated extension materials for students to continue exploring concepts outside of class and to work on skill-building at their own pace. Delivered through a digital list of links, this includes a variety of resources such as videos, readings, problem sets, podcasts, and DIY activities. Extensions allow students to focus their time on what is interesting to them, and what is most necessary to build their own subject knowledge.
Extensions are sorted into two categories:
Essential Extensions: These are items selected to ensure that students are able to gain mastery of concepts learned in class and be prepared for upcoming class sessions. Students are expected to complete the essential extensions and bring completed problem sets to class.
Exploration Extensions: Chosen to provide material for students who move quickly through the essential material, or for students who are fascinated by a given idea, these items are always interesting, but not necessary to complete week to week.
Each quarter students will complete a final project for both of their QC courses. Students are given a prompt to help them take the concepts they've learned in class and, through independent research, explore how those concepts apply to an area of their own interest. Each course guides students through choosing a topic and creating a final product.
With game nights, symposiums, and other community gatherings, each quarter provides multiple opportunities to gather with other homeschool and custom-school families.