Family Questions

  • How does Coached Schooling make money?

    We are a purpose-driven organization, established with support from philanthropists with a goal to improve the way young people get educated. We’re not focused on maximizing profit and selling out to some corporate interest.

    That said, philanthropists’ contributions aren’t going to keep our doors open forever. We have a goal to become self-sustaining relatively quickly. This, of course, will require earning money, and we’ve established a few ways to achieve this. Primarily, we provide a marketplace where families can seek out and engage learning coaches for their kids. This system securely processes tuition payments, and we charge coaches a nominal, per-transaction processing fee. We’re extremely transparent about who will be billed, and when. We’re confident that we can be enough of a resource to the microschool community earn our keep.

    We believe that providing a valuable service to both learning coaches and families will result in healthy (not excessive) earnings, and will ensure our organization’s health and longevity.

  • Why should I consider hiring a learning coach?

    Coached Schooling is the best option for getting a personalized education for your child at a reasonable cost. Learning Coaches love working with students, and have experience helping them succeed!

  • Why does a new generation require a new way of education?

    “Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a work force for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people need to thrive in the twenty-first century.”

    – Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith, authors of “Most Likely To Succeed”

    A few statistics from to consider:

    • 53% of recent college graduates are under- or unemployed.
    • Student engagement in school plummets as they get to higher grades—from 80% in elementary school to just 40% by the beginning of high school.
    • Just 11% of employers—yet 96% of academic provosts—believe colleges are effective in preparing graduates for the workplace.
    • A Lego Foundation study reports that students lose more than 90% of their creative capacity during their school years.
    • Gallup found that college grads who had opportunities to apply classroom learning to internships, jobs, or ambitious projects are twice as likely to be engaged in work later in life.
    • 65% of today’s grade-school children will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.
    • The current length of a job for a millennial is an average of 2.6 years, and millennials will have 15-20 jobs over the course of their working lives.
    • By 2020, 40% to 50% of all income-producing work will be short-term contracts, freelance work and so-called SuperTemps.
    • 45% of recent college graduates return home to live with their parents.

    Sir Ken Robinson persuasively makes the case in the most watched TED talk of all time.

  • What do you mean by education for the real world?

    Parents today are painfully aware that the traditional academic world of endlessly-repeated lectures, note-taking, homework, rote memorization, standardized testing, grading, sorting, and ranking, may not be adequately preparing their children for a successful and happy future, much less helping them develop their talents to their full potential. Yesterday’s jobs are being automated away at an ever-increasing rate, leading to astounding uncertainty for our children’s future.

    The 21st century needs and rewards resourceful entrepreneurs, innovative designers, creative problem solvers, independent critical thinkers, insightful analyzers, productive project managers, persuasive communicators, imaginative storytellers, inspiring leaders, socially-adept collaborators, conscientious citizens, resilient risk-takers, curious explorers, diligent researchers, and passionate self-motivated go-getters…yet these traits are routinely quashed in the traditional school setting.

    Coached Schooling closes the gap between the world’s demands and our educational system’s paltry supply — whether you’re looking to supplement your child’s traditional schooling or replace it entirely. Our objective is to help your student explore and cultivate their talents, to discover their passion in a fast-changing world, and develop the skills, character, and competencies to pursue it. How? By matching them with learning coaches uniquely suited to your child’s talents and personality. You decide.

  • What is full-time coached schooling?

    It’s an alternative to private schooling or home schooling, granting a more personalized – and affordable – option for children that are not thriving in their current school. Instead of the traditional, single-subject, lecture-based classroom, full-time Coached Schooling is based on generalist learning coaches creating personalized learning plans. These plans combine self-paced eLearning with expeditionary, project-based learning, to develop 21st-century skills.

    Full-time coached schooling could be thought of as “outsourced home schooling.” However, it typically takes place at a studio or classroom space to accommodate a small cohort of students.

  • What’s the difference between coaching and tutoring?

    Tutoring is direct, one-on-one instruction that typically supplements instruction. A tutor will help a student, away from class, to improve in one or multiple subjects.

    Coaches are much more like full-time teachers, but the methods vary significantly. Oftentimes coaches will instruct on multiple subjects, and will remain with a student through multiple school years, rather than advancing the cohort each year. Learning coaches create personalized learning plans and guide students through the entire curriculum, but the students do the driving according to their interests and abilities.

    Coaching can consist of reading, writing, presenting, Socratic discussions, eLearning, and project-based assignments. Very rarely do coaches give direct instruction or lecture. Coaching encourages much greater agency, pushes students to become self-directed, and develops time and task management skills at an early age.