FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY STUDENT ATTEND SILVERLEAF SCHOOL AND WHY IS IT SO SMALL?
We cap our admissions for 2022-23 at 20 students school-wide. This enables us to provide the student-centered, individualized learning experience that students receive at Silverleaf. The small student-teacher ratios allow us to provide project-based learning tailored to each students specific needs. Silverleaf is proficiency-based so once a student demonstrates proficiency, the student may move forward in learning regardless of the pace of the other students in the class and small cohort sizes are essential for allowing teachers the time to focus on each student individually.
IS SILVERLEAF JUST FOR TALENTED AND GIFTED (TAG) KIDS?
Silverleaf is for ANY student who enjoys a collaborative, innovative, and progressive, hands-on learning environment; has interest in STEM subjects; and is a motivated learner. We have found that TAG students do appreciate our school because they can move at their own pace in each subject and accelerate or compact learning if appropriate rather than working at the pace of their classmates. Our student-centered approach allows us to provide additional support to students who may be lagging in a skill area and need additional support. Most students do not learn at the same pace in all subjects and Silverleaf allows students to differentiate based on their individual strengths. We are not a TAG school. We are a STEM school and we teach 21st century skills to 21st century kids.
HOW DO STUDENTS SOCIALIZE IN SUCH A SMALL SCHOOL?
Silverleaf is small by design and is the right environment for students who thrive in a small social setting and who enjoy learning while they are at school. Students enjoy being around like-minded peers who enjoy science, engineering, technology and project-based learning. Our community is inclusive and progressive and feels like a big family. Students learn leadership, teamwork and collaboration. Our environment has been very successful for students transitioning from a home school environment or other non-traditional learning environment, as well as for students who do not do well in large class sizes. We do separate students into age-based cohorts to support different phases of social and emotional development, and there are aspects of the school day/week where all students spend time together.
HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED/GRADED?
Students receive progress reports twice per year coinciding with parent-teacher conferences. Because Silverleaf is a micro school community, we do not have to depend on the standardized test data that larger, public schools often refer to when making schoolwide instructional decisions. Consequently, we use much more authentic and timely data, as well as informal observations, to adequately assess students’ strengths and instructional needs. We do some assessments at enrollment to assist with placement in our curriculum and evaluate proficiency ongoing, but do not administer standardized tests.
ARE COMPUTERS REQUIRED?
Silverleaf provides a Dell touchscreen laptop computer to each student for use at school at no cost to families and we use Microsoft Office software as our standard. Students may arrange to bring a device from home if they prefer.
DO STUDENTS RECEIVE MUSIC INSTRUCTION?
Yes, our music teacher teaches music theory, instruments and vocals to all students. Many of our students take private lessons and incorporate their individual musical talents into class at school.
DOES SILVERLEAF HAVE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
We do not have organized sports. We do offer variety of after school clubs and programs that change year-to-year. Some examples are Photography Club, Robotics Club, Yearbook Club and STEM Exploration.
WHERE DO STUDENTS GO FROM SILVERLEAF?
Some students choose to go to a larger middle school at 6th or 7th grade and others will transition directly to high school programs. Transitions seem to go very smoothly for students and families.
Registration for 2022-23 is open. Please complete the form on our Contact page to schedule a tour with you to set up a tour of the school with you and your child(ren). The next step is for your child(ren) to spend a day with us at school. If both school and family believe it is a good fit, the student will be invited for admission. There is a one-time registration fee to reserve a space and several tuition payment options. Click here for the 2022-23 Registration Form.
We specialize in providing a supportive and individualized education experience to students who thrive in a small, hands-on, non-traditional education setting. While we do provide a level of emotional and social support not found at other schools, we are not able to admit students with significant behavioral issues. If you have questions, please contact us to schedule a time to discuss your child’s needs and let you know what we can and cannot offer.
We have a dedicated Board of Trustees who understand giftedness first-hand and who care about the mission of our school. Members of the Board are experienced in non-profit administration, education administration and oversight, policy development, and non-profit financial management. This group provides sound and knowledgeable leadership to Silverleaf School.
Shalee Hodgson, Chair
Derek Brown, Vice-Chair
Gary Mueller, Treasurer