Prenda is available as a tuition-free education option for K-8 students in Louisiana through partnership with Blended & Online School Solutions (BOSS) who work with Magnolia School of Excellence (Shreveport) and Iberville Charter Academy (Baton Rouge).
We’ve pulled together all the info you'll need to get started on enrollment below, as well as important deadlines. Let us know if you have any questions!
How is Prenda tuition-free? Tuition-free microschools in Louisiana are made available through a partnership with Blended & Online School Solutions (BOSS) through Magnolia School of Excellence and Iberville Charter Academy.
When can I enroll my child? The last day you can submit an enrollment form for the fall semester is September 6th. All students in Louisiana will need to start school by September 15th.
There may be openings for the spring semester. If you fill out the request for information below, we'll keep you updated on microschool openings and important information.
If you've missed the deadline for this school year, there are two things you can do:
Follow the simple steps below to enroll your child(ren) via Prenda's enrollment portal.
1. Create an account in Prenda’s enrollment portal
2. Add a student profile for each student (NEW students only)
If your child was enrolled last year, you'll be able to select their name. If your child is new to Prenda, you'll add their info.
3. Confirm whether your child is new or returning to Prenda
4. Select your program and funding source
Program: Prenda Microschool or Prenda Platform. Funding Source: BOSS or monthly subscription (Prenda Platform).
5. Choose your microschool
You can choose a microschool later if you don't have one picked out yet. Once you find a microschool, ask your Guide for their Guide code to register.
6. Submit the online enrollment form and upload documents
Be sure to have all of your student’s documents ready! We’ll let you know via email when your registration is complete, or if we need any additional information. Typically, it takes 1-2 weeks to process and finalize.
Note: If you are enrolling with our school partner, BOSS, you will be directed to create an account and complete an enrollment form in SchoolMint.
Are there any admission requirements? As required by our partner, all students will participate in a diagnostic assessment, called i-Ready, before the first day of school. Our partner will review i-Ready assessment results, as well as IEP/504 documents when applicable, to determine if that student’s need can be accommodated at the microschool.
When can I select a microschool? You can start exploring the microschool map whenever you’d like. You’ll receive a link to the map via email after you start the enrollment process or by filling out the request for information form. Microschools are added to the map regularly, so we encourage parents to check it often. Still, you don't need to have selected a microschool to get started on enrollment.
When will school start? Microschools will open for learning in the fall between August 16, 2022 and September 15, 2022. Each Prenda Guide sets their own first day of school, so this is a great question to ask as you are connecting with Guides.
Do I need to complete a separate enrollment form for each of my children? Yes, but you will only need to create one account in the enrollment portal. You’ll add basic information and upload documents for each child you are enrolling.
What documents will I need for enrollment? You don’t need any documents to create an account in the enrollment portal, but you will need the paperwork below when it’s time to complete your enrollment forms to register with Prenda and our partner. These are the documents you’ll want to have handy:
What is the cut-off date for Kindergarten? Kindergarten students must turn five before September 30, 2022 of the current year in order to be enrolled in Prenda.
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Microschool students in Louisiana meet for a minimum of 25 hours per week. K-8 microschools observe a five-day school week, and offer at least 177 in-microschool days to allow for a maximum of 10 days of absences. It’s important to note that schedules are set by each Guide and can vary slightly.
Tip: When you visit microschools, ask each Guide what school hours they have established. You can also ask if they follow a particular school district’s calendar, or if they have set their own.
We’ve always prioritized self-paced mastery, problem-solving abilities, mindset, and overall student experience over a letter grade, but we haven’t thrown out the book either.
Students participate in i-Ready, an adaptive online assessment tool that measures what they know and what they need to learn next. This information is used to help Guides determine a learning plan that best meets the needs of each child.
Guides are also able to stay highly tuned into student progress because of the small and personalized learning environment. They regularly communicate with parents to share successes, challenges, and plans for continued progress. Every Guide is supported by a certified teacher and a team of individuals at Prenda that help monitor student progress and create learning plans to meet the needs of every child.
What is an adaptive online assessment tool? Rather than presenting all students with the same set of questions, this tool adjusts based on responses entered. When a student demonstrates understanding of a particular topic, the questions become more challenging. If a student is struggling with a concept the questions adapt to help determine what they do know. At the end of the day, the goal is for students to always be working at their learning frontier—that sweet spot between too easy and too difficult. This tool helps students do just that.
Every year, all students enrolled in Prenda Microschools in Louisiana participate in state assessments. Prenda Guides proctor these tests and aim to create a positive, low-stress testing experience for their students.
For more information on state assessments in Louisiana, visit www.louisianabelieves.com/measuringresults.
Prenda students also take iReady assessments before the first day of school and throughout the year to monitor their academic development throughout the year. See Student progress for more information on iReady.
Every student is unique, and so is their learning experience at Prenda. Whether a student is behind in one or more areas, working above grade level, or right on track, Prenda and its Guides are there to empower them with the tools and support they need to succeed.
Guides are focused on getting to know each child, identifying their learning needs, implementing accommodations/modifications, and working with certified teachers and a team at Prenda to ensure that they continue to progress as learners.
Does Prenda provide special education services? Eligible students enrolled in Prenda through a charter partner have access to certain special education services that will be provided by that partner, such as speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Our partner will review IEP and/or 504 documents, as well as i-Ready assessment results, to determine if that student’s needs can be accommodated at the microschool.
What additional support are Guides responsible for providing? Although most Guides are not certified teachers and do not hold special education certifications, they do work closely with the service providers that specialize in these areas. When an eligible student with an IEP or 504 is attending a microschool, their Guide will attend IEP/504 meetings, take direction from specialists the child may be seeing outside of microschool hours, work to ensure that any required accommodations are provided, and communicate with the child’s parents and support team throughout the school year.
Maybe you’re a parent or former educator looking to get involved with Prenda. Maybe you just came across our website or heard about us from a friend, and are looking for an opportunity to work with kids. Here’s what you need to know about applying to become a Guide:
The application process:
How long does it take to go through the application and onboarding process? It depends on how quickly you attend your virtual interview and submit the required documents. On average, it takes someone about two to three weeks to become a Guide.
Prenda empowers parents and community members from all over to get involved and make a difference as a Prenda Guide. The requirements listed below will help you get a better idea of whether or not guiding is an opportunity you’d like to pursue.
Here's what it takes to be an amazing Guide:
Why do Guides need a fingerprint clearance card? This card shows that a thorough background check was administered by the state and is typically required by anyone working with children. The safety of our students is a top priority at Prenda, so we ensure that every Guide goes through this process.
What is the process for getting a fingerprint clearance card? This card can be obtained in-person or online by the Department of Public Services and typically is received in the mail within a few weeks.
As a Prenda Guide, you will be considered an independent contractor. Compensation depends on the number of students in your microschool and the length of your school year. We’ve calculated some estimates below.
Guides are paid per student per year, which amounts to approximately $9,000 - $30,000 per year. Keep in mind that this is based on a ten-month schedule with about 25 microschool hours a week and 3-10 students enrolled.
How many hours do Guides work each week? About 25 hours per week for K-8th Grades, plus additional hours required for SPED services, meetings, and preparation.
How many students can enroll in my microschool? Each microschool needs to have a minimum of three students enrolled from at least two families to begin, and can have a maximum of 10 students enrolled.
Will I get help from Prenda to find students? Yes! Oftentimes, when new Guides share with their network that they are opening a microschool, they have no trouble filling spaces with students. If you need help, we have a team of people that can connect you with interested parents in your area.
Is there a deadline for enrolling students in Louisiana? Yes, there are enrollment deadlines for the fall and spring semesters. See the Enrollment tab for more details.
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