FAQ

What makes Vine Academy different?

Our focus is on the whole child: social, emotional, physical and academic growth.  Our learners set and achieve individualized goals using 21st century technologies to allow for self-paced learning. We offer a collaborative work environment with mixed age studios where real world skills are developed through project based learning and Socratic discussions.

What is self-directed learning?

Learners are able to set personalized goals and learning plans according to their individual interests and passions. There are no “advanced” or “special” learning placements. Each young person is able to go at their own pace in order to ensure mastery at each level.  

How do you track progress without grades?

Our proprietary technology allows for transparent progress tracking of goals by both learners and guides. Our learners earn badges, create portfolios, participate in peer reviews, and have public exhibitions where they present the work they have learned. 

Is Vine Academy accredited?

Yes! We are accredited by the IALDS: International Association of Learner Driven Schools.

What advice do you have for families who may be nervous about a non-traditional approach?

We embrace being “non-traditional” and believe it’s what makes our learners so special.  When you’re at Vine Academy, you realize being different is a strength. 

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it’s time to pause and reflect.” –Mark Twain

Will my child be able to socialize in blended age groups?

We believe that children learn best when working with others both younger and older than them, rather than splitting up into groups based solely on age.  In addition to individualized curriculum, learners of all ages work together, collaborate, and engage in Socratic discussions together.

Is there outside time?

Absolutely! Unlike “recess” in a traditional school, we have multiple gaps in the day for playing outside. On nice days, there are opportunities to take their core-skills work outside and some of the Quests are outdoor based!