School spotlight

Micro-school pioneer: If I can do it, so can you

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Before all the buzz about learning pods and micro-schools, some folks were already creating learning pods and micro-schools. Jaime Manfra went down this path 10 years ago. Her Service Learning Micro-school (SLS) is all about flexibility, diversity, community service. Students here spend a lot of time helping[Read More…]

Virtual reality charter school takes students to the moon, under the sea

Editor’s note: reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie donned a headset and took a virtual journey to learn how an innovative Florida school will use virtual reality to accelerate learning. “Sorry for the delay in responding to your email,” I told a contact last week. “But I was busy walking on[Read More…]

Yes, school choice works in rural areas

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series about the benefits and success of education choice in Florida’s rural areas. For school choice opponents across America who say school choice can’t work in rural areas, say hi to Hope Rural School! Hope Rural School is a PreK-5 Catholic school[Read More…]

Northeast Florida Catholic school lauded for outreach efforts to immigrant families

A parochial school program intent on extending education choice to children of migrant workers has received a national award for its efforts. The National Catholic Education Association announced that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Palm Coast, Florida, will receive the Catherine T. McNamee CSJ Award. The award is[Read More…]

Alabama Catholic school will remain open after supporters rally to raise $450,000

An Alabama parochial school that played an important role in the nation’s civil rights movement and recently was threatened with closure now will stay open. Heart of Mary Catholic School, which has operated for 121 years in Mobile and serves primarily Black students, will continue to operate with an independent[Read More…]

Key West’s only Catholic school plans expansion to accommodate enrollment growth

Jim Rigg likes to call the latest Catholic school enrollment trends “the Great Registration.” Modifying the catchphrase “the Great Resignation” about the large numbers of workers leaving their employers, Rigg, who serves as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Miami, was describing the increases in the number of students[Read More…]

Making Christian classical education accessible to all

OVIEDO, Fla. – Kevin Clark is a fellow at The Society for Classical Learning. He’s co-author of an influential book about Christian classical education. For 15 years, he taught at a highly regarded classical school in Central Florida, including classes in logic, rhetoric, philosophy and Christian theology. So it’s no[Read More…]

Entrepreneur’s worldwide micro-school network encourages ‘heroes’ to pursue self-directed learning

Editor’s note: You can read more about Jeff Sandefer’s success story here. Every comic book superhero has an origin story – a narrative that informs his or her identity and motivation. Orphaned science whiz Peter Parker became Spider-Man after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Russian assassin Natasha Romanoff, known[Read More…]