FAQ- LIVE IN PERSON COURSES

  • HOW DOES IT WORK?

    • Teens who join the SKILLED family locally will attend weekly LIVE classes at a location close to their home in South Florida.

    • Teens will be supervised and instructed by SKILLED instructors who have completed a Level 2 background check and SKILLED training. 

    • Teens will spend 20-45min each meeting learning the HOW and the WHY behind a new skill. Then they will be given the freedom to explore that skill, dive deeper into skills they already learned, and practice these skills through an unschooling style where the student follows their desire for knowledge through research, experimenting through their own choices, and observing natural consequences. All under the supervision and facilitation of instructors and within an intentionally developed proprietary framework.

  • WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?

    • Per teen fee- 12-week term (2 terms per year)- $250 (single Focus)-$1750 covering ALL achievements needed for Graduation. Parents do not need to do anything outside of mindset reinforcement! Scholarships, sibling rates & other discounts are available. This includes full access to the learning App which hosts our Video lessons, Ebooks, downloadables, parent and teen communities, achievement tracking, and more. 

    • Live families are required to attend a Welcome event & End of term celebration to show support for their teens, connect with other families, and stay up to date on expectations. 

  • WHAT GRADE WILL MY TEEN BE IN?

    • Rather than assigning an arbitrary grade level to age, we look for achievements. ​

    • All teens & tweens learn alongside one another through hands-on, exciting, and meaningful lessons. 

    • Teens will access a students-only online community via the APP to connect, learn together, and build meaningful relationships. This portion of the app is supervised by Skilled Instructors to maintain respect and appropriate conversation.

    • Teens will also have full access to an online Learning Library of video lessons 24/7 on the APP.

    • Teens who show notable growth, skill, ability, knowledge, or self-awareness on a topic will earn a raise in achievement level and be given opportunities to share their skills with other students. Typically by offering support, sharing of experience, knowledge, and friendship during the unschooling portion of each lesson. 

    • We know through experience and science that teens learn best from peer interactions. Instructors will supervise unschooling time but encourage students to bond through sharing of skills, wisdom, and friendship. 

  • HOW DO WE SCHOOL ON OTHER DAYS?

    • Students will be given expectations to meet. This means they will use their home time to practice, develop, research, and master the skills they are learning on-site each week. ​

    • Teens will be able to access courses online through the APP 24/7. Allowing them to continue growing during off-site days, vacations, and holidays, as fits your family. All of these days, plus LIVE days, will be counted toward their 180-day state attendance requirement.

    • SKILLED leadership will be available through the Parent Portal & private community via the APP to support parents in implementing this learning style at home. 

  • HOW WILL ATTENDANCE, GRADES, AND GRADUATION WORK?

    • As a Private school registered with the State of Florida, we act as what is called an Umbrella School. We manage attendance requirements (180 days per year) and all of the requirements for graduation. ​

    • We do not believe in "grades". Instead, we look for growth and development of knowledge. Teens are encouraged to fall in love with the process of learning instead of using arbitrary grades to track how much information they were taught. 

    • Graduation will happen once a teen 16 years or older has completed all of the Expectations for Education needed (shared at the beginning of each term). Teens who are graduating will receive a transcript tracking achievements and a diploma from The Skilled Institute. Graduation events will happen for the group twice per year. 

  • WHAT IS YOUR TECHNOLOGY POLICY?

    • We realize that technology is an important part of modern learning and connection. However, phones, tablets, and computers will be kept in a specific space​ throughout the LIVE courses. 

    • Students wishing to do research, watch a video lesson, or need time to take a break will only be able to access technology in this area and for specific lengths of time. 

    • Parents will have contact information for Instructors in case of an emergency. 

  • WHAT IS YOUR DISCIPLINE POLICY

    • As Biblical Christians, we are called to discipline, not punishment. SKILLED​ holds that discipline is seen as logical, connected, and natural consequences for choices made. 

    • Teens will be given the opportunity to choose their attitude, level of respect for themselves and others, motivation, and drive repeatedly each day. They will also be the ones responsible for correcting, taking responsibility for, and cleaning up any "mess" that is made through a negative choice. 

    • They will also be given encouragement, support, and achievement ranking based on learning how to make better choices along the way. 

    • This means we never, ever have to be the "bad guy". We never, ever have to punish poor choices. We simply facilitate and support the teens in cleaning up any mess they may have made (emotional, physical, spiritual, relational, and social). Which teaches teens and empowers them to make better choices on their own next time. Which is amazing for feeding their need for independence and building self-confidence.

    • We believe in grace upon grace and then some more grace. Students will be given gentle but firm corrections and choices on how they can clean it up. Once a situation is cleaned up. They get to start again without judgment or guilt from instructors. Instructors will facilitate and model this behavior to all students so that they can learn to be graceful with themselves and others as well.