Parkmont Home School

Continuing Goals of Parkmont Home School:

  • Maintain relationships with Parkmont students and families – and continue the personal conversations that are part of Parkmont’s DNA despite the constraints of distancing.
  • Ensure the continuity of accessible and differentiated instruction for all of our students.
  • Educate our whole community about how to use existing technologies and online activities to make this moment a less isolating episode.
  • Respect the fatigue everyone experiences being restricted to online interaction.

Parkmont Responds to COVID Quarantine 

Parkmont started our online, Zoom-based Parkmont Home School on Wednesday, March 18th. Our last day on campus was March 13th, and by the end of that day, every Parkmont student had become familiar with the Zoom application. Parkmont had been using Google Classroom for five years to organize assignments and structure classes, and it proved a perfect platform for our home school program. From the start, Parkmont students attended school at the same rates as when we were on campus. We maintained a schedule of core academics and folded in additional physical education challenges and creative special-interest classes. Parkmont’s signature flexibility and support net kept students’ minds stimulated and their workloads manageable.

Home School This Fall

As of the start of the 20-21 school year on September 8, Parkmont students take three core academic courses every day, with a modified schedule on Wednesdays. The goal of keeping upper-school students on track with credit accrual and focused on graduation is a chief priority.

After lunch, students meet with their Advisors, have a short study hall, and finish the day with engaging non-academic activities – art, games, or something more active (juggling, yoga, dance). Our staff-led PE teams focus on different exercise/activity routines that encourage everyone in our community to engage in regular physical activity. Starting in June and continuing through the summer and fall, we introduced Parkmont Movie Nights, which feature a staff member hosting virtual movie-watching gatherings in the early evening.

 

Faculty Zoom Meeting

PHS Fall 2020 Schedule 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

  • 8:45 a.m.        Advisory
  • 9:00 a.m.         Middle School English/Upper School Math
  • 10:00 a.m.        Break
  • 10:15 a.m.        Main Lesson
  • 11:15 a.m.        Break
  • 11:30 a.m.        Upper School Reading Group/Middle School Math
  • 12:15 p.m.        Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.        Advisory
  • 1:30 p.m.        Main Lesson/Study Hall
  • 2:30 p.m.        PM Class
  • 3:30 p.m.        Study Hall

Wednesday

  • 10:15 p.m.        Main Lesson 
  • 11:15 p.m.        Break
  • 11:30 p.m.        Upper School Advisory/Middle School Math
  • 12:15 p.m.        Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.        School Meeting
  • 1:30 p.m.        PE
  • 2:30 p.m.        Upper School Internships/Middle School Dismissal

Friday

  • 8:45 a.m.         Advisory
  • 9:00 a.m.         Middle School English/Upper School Math
  • 10:00 a.m.        Break
  • 10:15 a.m.        Main Lesson
  • 11:15 a.m.        Break
  • 11:30 a.m.        Upper School Reading Group/Middle School Math
  • 12:15 p.m.        Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.        Advisory
  • 1:30 p.m.        PE
  • 2:30 p.m.        Upper School Internships/Middle School Dismissal

 

Student art project

Staying in Touch

Each week students see their Advisors eight times (for middle school) or nine times (for upper school) in brief morning meetings, and then longer mid-day periods, giving them opportunities for check-in and helping us monitor their progress with individualized support.

A fixture of Parkmont’s program and mission is the internship experience, where our students learn about work by going to work with local businesses and non-profits. In a typical year, they spend 180 hours at these internships. We look forward to resuming these partnerships soon; in the meantime, as we begin the year virtually, the Upper School internship program will focus on a career-prep curriculum called Career Edge. In addition, students will be supported in completing service hours throughout the year, including volunteer work, an online internship, or taking a class to learn a new skill. 

Maintaining Morale

Our online track doesn't eliminate the need to address the therapeutic and emotional needs of our students as well as the academic ones. Parkmont Home School features lively activities, from weekly challenges, surveys, and art re-creations, to engage students and teachers alike, boost morale, and remind us of the diversity and creativity in our community.

 

Parkmont Home School has been another example of Parkmont’s ability to use its small size, close relationships with students and families, and extensive experience (year 49) to respond quickly, creatively, and successfully to the biggest challenge to our education system in our memory. 

 

Feedback from Families

"Thank you for your encouragement… I’m amazed at Parkmont’s ability to change things up from week to week but maintain the same level of expectations from the students prior to the shutdown!"

"We appreciate the amazing communication and love the daily emails from Parkmont... So fun & emphasizes the community the school has created!"

"Thank you! And congratulations to all the teachers for handling this so well!"

"I want to say thank you! What you have done this year is awesome! You never missed a beat! Thank you for all you do for your students!"

Contact Us:

For more information about our program, send us an email at info@parkmont.org.

For admissions inquiries, please contact Erin at admissions@parkmont.org.

Send feedback and ideas about PHS to feedback@parkmont.org.

Tech questions and concerns to support@parkmont.org.