FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER?

Initially, we will offer K-5.   We will expand through 12th grade as our founding group advances.   It's important to understand that we do not split children up so that they are only with others of the exact same age.  Instead, we have multi age studios where Voyagers can be mentors and learn from those both older and younger than themselves.   

IS SOLVIT A MONTESORRI SCHOOL?

We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori's philosophy, but we are not a Montessori school.   Cutting edge technology, Socratic discussions, along with hands-on projects and quests are key components of our learning design.  

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are in the City Crossing building, located at 354 N Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.  Originally a caramel factory, the City Crossings building is right in the heart of downtown Lancaster.  We are very fortunate to have excellent historical, cultural, and recreational facilities within a 5-10 minute walk.   

CAN I SEE YOUR FACILITY?

Feel free to contact us to setup a private tour.  Please be aware that we are currently undergoing renovations, but we expect the work to be completed by early 2020.  You can see progress by following us on Instagram and Facebook. 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "A HERO'S JOURNEY?"

We believe that each of us has a special calling in life.  We also believe that the pursuit of any calling will include a series of trials and tests that we must face with integrity and purpose.   The Hero's Journey is a metaphor to help us understand what this journey looks like, emphasizing the importance of failure, grit, and resolve in achieving our dreams. 

HOW DOES SOLVIT ENSURE A RIGOROUS, HIGH QUALITY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT?

Our learning community ensures the highest possible level of rigor and quality by being grounded in these structural cornerstones.    Building this structure is our primary and most challenging work, but once in place, Voyagers can work hard and truly be free from distraction, wasted time, and bureaucracy.   We also conduct regular customer satisfaction surveys and share the results with the entire community to ensure transparency and constant improvement.    

HOW MUCH IS SCHOOL TUITION?

Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $9,800, payable in monthly installments from September through July.  

IS SOLVIT ACCREDITED? 

Yes, Solvit is accredited by the International Association of Learner Driven Schools. 

DOES SOLVIT SERVE CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES?

Our team is not trained to address specific learning disabilities, however, that does not preclude a young person that is able to uphold the studio contract and navigate our programs from enrolling.  If you are curious if Solvit would be a good fit for your learner, please reach out so that we can learn more about your child and his or her needs.  

WHY FOCUS ON "THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT?"

We believe in liberty, justice, and the ideals of the American revolution.  In addition to experiential learning, we will study several key American documents and the true meaning behind them as we examine other cultures and forms of government.  

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "EVERY CHILD IS A GENIUS THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD?"

Our goal is to create an environment where Voyagers find a direction for their lives centered around their passions, skills, and values.   This calling may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity, a mother or  father who leads a family on a Hero's Journey, a coach who sees the light in a child's eyes and guides him or her to pursue a dream, or an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.   

WITH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY, HOW MUCH SCREEN TIME DO STUDENTS HAVE?

Technology is a useful tool and we are excited for our Voyagers to learn how to use computers to access information, communicate effectively, and learn independently.  Voyagers use their personal Chromebooks during their morning Core Skills time and for portions of their afternoon projects, averaging 2-3 hours per day.  A Voyager-created Internet Use Policy ensures technology tools are used appropriately.  

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL SCHEDULE AND CALENDAR?

School begins at 8:30AM (open for drop off at 8AM) and ends at 3:15PM.

Our calendar is centered around 4 to 6 week long project-oriented sprints called Quests.   A Quest is a series of adventures tied together by a common theme.  Quests culminate in a high stakes public exhibition followed by 1 week off.   

The year starts right after Labor Day and runs through mid July.  Seven 4-6 week long Quests, each followed by a break, make up the school year.   Even though we operate on an 11 month calendar, our flexible schedule allows families to travel throughout the year without sacrificing any learning.  

HOW DOES SOLVIT EQUIP VOYAGERS FOR COLLEGE?

Our goal at Solvit is to have Voyagers prepared for any selective university where they can score high enough on a standardized test to gain admittance.  We will simply convert their badge plans to traditional transcripts as they begin the application process.  

Once a Voyager gets over the test taking barrier at the university of their choice, their portfolio and real world apprenticeship experience can be critical points of differentiation.  Transcripts have become commodities, so these factors are increasingly important.   You may also want to learn about this student's perspective on how a project based school prepared her for Columbia.  

We of course cannot guarantee acceptance into any program, but we can tell you that graduates of Acton affiliates have been successful at getting into the schools of their choice on full merit scholarships.  

IS SOLVIT A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL?

 

While we will discuss several world religions from a cultural and historical standpoint, we are not a religious school  and we will not endorse any specific belief system.  We believe our Voyagers will be best prepared for the future through immersion in a community where diverse world views are represented.  

WHAT DOES SOLVIT MEAN?

In Latin, Solvit means "to free, to set sail, and to solve."  Those translations capture exactly what we empower our Voyagers to do.   We want them to have freedom so they can learn to manage themselves.  We want them to set sail on their own hero's journey.  And lastly, we want them to approach any obstacle or problem with the mindset and confidence to "solve it."