Sage Hill Permaschool

Sage Hill will provide a flexible learning environment for students who are craving a different way to explore the world.

We plan to open Fall of 2022 as a micro school for students K - 2nd grade.

Operating as usual

05/19/2022

Friends of Sage Hill, We are BACK.
But different...

We have an amazing location and a beautiful group of engaged parents and kids, but we're in need of a teacher who is brave enough to pioneer a new way of guiding children K - 2 grade in a micro-school format.

If this is you or someone you know... please visit our website or reach out for application details. We're planning on 16 students with two teachers or one teacher, but a smaller class.

Parents will be very involved. If you love play as learning, using nature and projects to guide and allowing inquiry and curiosity to lead the way -- this may be a good fit for you.

Application is on our website at sagehillpermaschool.org.

05/19/2022

The parents of Sage Hill Microschool are seeking a teacher who is willing to open and help develop a new microschool. Sage Hill Microschool is nature-based, inquiry-based, and place-based. We are seeking a teacher who understands and believes in these practices for young children.

This coming academic year, our school will be serving children ages five to eight. One teacher will teach eight children (two teachers would work with 16 children). Families will be involved in the classroom to varying capacities. The parents are seeking a teacher who shares these core beliefs and is willing to work with parents and families to bring this model to life.

We are looking for someone who is willing to attend trainings and be mentored by others as the teacher and children continue to grow and develop. We are seeking someone who is passionate about teaching children in nature and within children’s interests.

Please see our website for more details and to apply.

sagehillpermaschool.org

03/15/2021

SCHOOL UPDATE:

Unfortunately, the building we were planning on for the fall doesn't meet the new fire codes for Twin Falls. We will not be opening for Fall 2021. We love the excitement you've all shared with us and are deeply disappointed to bring this news to you.

Creating a school without state funding is a challenging journey, and we have not been able to find a suitable location to open our doors in the fall.

If you have connections to a location that would serve 20 to 40 children, or if you are passionate about offering an amazing education opportunity to this area and would like to become a founding donor, we'd love to connect with you.

Please feel free to reach out via direct message or through our website.

Timeline photos 02/22/2021

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“When a child is doing something she’s passionately interested in, she grows like a tree – in all directions. This is how children learn, how children grow. They send down a taproot like a tree in dry soil. The tree may be stunted, but it sends out these roots, and suddenly one of these little taproots goes down and strikes a source of water. And the whole tree grows.”
—John Holt

02/01/2021

Sage Hill is based on the ethics and design principles of Permaculture. The philosophy of permaculture is one of working with rather than against nature, of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them, and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions (Bill Mollison, Permaculture – A Designers Manual 1988).
PERMA:
Positive emotions
Engagement
Relationships
Meaning
Achievement

Our Permaschool believes this view of the world is an excellent foundation for teaching our children and youth. Additionally, we believe our model of education to be a permanent solution to providing a 21st Century education.

https://sagehillpermaschool.org/mission

01/29/2021

Sage Hill is a private school model, operating independent of state or federal standards, curricula and testing. This allows for a curriculum guided by journeys, quests and learning pathways with portfolio-based assessment and accomplishments awarded for meeting objectives (no grades).

This also allows our model to be flexible and scalable according to student and family needs in our community.

01/27/2021

We know the traditional way of teaching doesn't work for every child, which is why we're creating a nature and inquiry-based school to encourage children to follow their passions and curiosity.

Project-based curriculum encourages children to be active participants in the learning process and to develop the skills needed to explore their ideas, interests, and questions in a meaningful way.

Apply today: www.sagehillpermaschool.org/apply

01/25/2021

We believe that education should be heavily structured around nature, meaning our school will partner with and eventually be located on a working micro-farm and permaculture garden. It is our experience that any transformative movement in education, both primary and secondary, must include outdoor learning experiences.

01/23/2021

Fall 2021

Attention! Our early enrollment application is now available at www.sagehillpermaschool.org/apply.

If your child is between the ages of 6-11-years-old, please apply for the 2021-2022 school year.

The deadline is February 15. All applicants will be contacted for an interview and a tour of our school facility.

Questions? Send us an email at [email protected].

01/22/2021

Attention! Our early enrollment application is now available at www.sagehillpermaschool.org/apply.

If your child is between the ages of 6-11-years-old, please apply for the 2021-2022 school year.

The deadline is February 15. All applicants will be contacted for an interview and a tour of our school facility.

Questions? Send us an email at [email protected].

01/20/2021

We believe in the vision of education held and promoted by the late Ken Robinson (2020). A blog memorializing his work stated: “He was critical of contemporary educational systems, which he believed educated students to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. He advocated instead for a personal approach, one that treats kids as unique individuals with a diversity of talents.

“We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture,” he said in the follow-up to his 2006 talk. “We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

At Sage Hill, we hope to create the conditions for an environment where students can flourish organically. Traditional public school manages a very difficult work load of students in full classrooms. To handle this work, public school seeks to group students strictly by age and subject level. Students are led through one subject at a time at the same pace to help with organization and the teacher’s work load.

At Sage Hill, we can allow for more individual student time for learning and being guided by a facilitator by keeping class sizes under 20 students and including volunteers, assistants and mentors.

01/18/2021

Exciting news!

Sage Hill will be open for the 2021-2022 school year!

Are you and your child yearning for a different approach to education?

Are you struggling with traditional methods or are you craving a new model to foster your child's curiosity and development?

You're in the right place.

01/17/2021

How does inquiry-based education work?

Inquiry-based education means the student participates in the path of learning and discovery by using their curiosity of the world around them. A classroom facilitator (teacher) leads and guides the student along this pathway while adapting the student’s interest and curiosity to the application of academics appropriate for the student’s age, maturity and skill. Projects are used to present learning experiences in all academic areas (math, reading, writing, science, social studies, arts, music, etc.).

01/16/2021

We believe learning needs to be inquiry-based or curiosity-driven, where every student is mentored according to an individual development plan determined by the student, the family, and the classroom facilitators and mentors.

We also believe that learning can be both fun and challenging. Every student has the potential for greatness, and we believe that students can learn independently with guidance from peers and mentors.

Timeline photos 01/11/2021

Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent students do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.
—Diane Ravitch

Sage Hill Permaschool 11/19/2020

Hey friends!
If you weren’t able to make it to our Sage Hill night at Tubbs' Berry Farm, then you’ll want to watch this video message from our board president.

It has all the latest information for interested parents and guardians.

Watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i95KufFU-Os

Sage Hill Permaschool School update November 2020

10/22/2020

Be sure to get your tickets and join us tomorrow evening!

We know you've been waiting for this!

Join us for an evening at Tubbs' Berry Farm to learn more and get involved with Sage Hill Permaschool.

School informational update will begin at 6 PM in the Large Straw Room.

Tickets are limited to first 250! Grab yours at www.bit.ly/tubbsberryfarm and enter SAGEHILL in the company name at checkout.

We can't wait to see you there!

10/17/2020

As a professional photographer, I would like to offer our Sage Hill supporters the opportunity to get some fun family pictures while supporting our school. I am considering setting up at our Tubbs Event on Oct 22 for mini sessions. The cost will be $50 per session, the whole of which will go to Sage Hill Permaschool. Your full-sized images will be emailed to you shortly after the event, as well as a copyright release. If this is something you are interested in doing, will you comment below?

10/09/2020

We know you've been waiting for this!

Join us for an evening at Tubbs' Berry Farm to learn more and get involved with Sage Hill Permaschool.

School informational update will begin at 6 PM in the Large Straw Room.

Tickets are limited to first 250! Grab yours at www.bit.ly/tubbsberryfarm and enter SAGEHILL in the company name at checkout.

We can't wait to see you there!

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