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Families who Enroll in Our Program:

  • Can choose to attend field trips, workshops and/or class days with no out-of-pocket payments when enrolling through one of the charter schools we work with**

  • Can have freedom in choosing own curriculum at home

  • Can receive additional funding for choosing curriculum and school supplies**

  • Can choose 1 or 2 or more days per week week that best meet student's needs
  • Can have access to instructors who are professionals in their fields 

  • Can choose to receive support from a California credentialed teacher 

  • Can choose individual workshops or the entire class day

  • Can choose the 5-hour, drop-off option 

  • Can choose 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 semester, or 1 school year

  • Can choose to participate in weekly meet-ups, community service projects, family socials or summer camps

  • Can choose from 20+ options

  • Can enroll at any time of the year

  • Can try out a class at any or all locations

  • Can choose from Transitional Kindergarten or Primary or Teen programs

  • Can choose parent support from fellow families

 **SME accepts school funds from many charter schools, and some of those charter schools provide additional in funds for field trips and educational supplies. 

What Our Students Say About Our Program:

  • "I like the challenge of learning a new skill"

  • "I like the kids. They are nice kids."

  • "I like the teachers.  They know their stuff."

  • "I like the classes.  They are interesting."

  • "I like the recitals.  They motivate me."

  • "I like to learn at class days and have no homework."

  • "I like my supervisor. She is so nice."

  • "I like the field trips.  They are really fun."

  • "I like the family socials.  My mom and dad can meet my friends and teachers."

  • "I like the starting time so I don't have to get up too early."

  • "I like to go to class day with my mom's friend's daughter. We can be together."

  • "I like that there is no test so I don't feel nervous.

  • "I like lunch time.  I can talk to friends." 

What Is Soaring Minds Education?

      

The founders of SME are first generation immigrants. They grew up in south-central San Diego.  With their parents' lack of knowledge of the education system in the new country, they both graduated high school with limited outlooks on life: find jobs and make ends meet.

They eventually obtained college degrees and began working with at-risk youth. Meanwhile, they decided that homeschooling would be the best option for their 5 children. They started planning field trips based on their own children's interests and met many other homeschooled families through social media. Over time, they became resourceful at finding local opportunities that would enhance the subject matters that their children were learning at home.  In 2016, they lined up all the "elective activities" into one 5-hour day weekly at Balboa Park. Through word-of-mouth referrals, this group gathered for a weekly "class day" for 9 consecutive months from September to May.  Soaring Minds Education thus was birthed and named for the growing community of like-minded homeschoolers.

The founders would tell you that their homeschooling goal has always been to support their own children in the exploration of academic, artistic, recreational and occupational opportunities as well as their individual interests, learning styles and potentials. This is the reason for the expansion of Soaring Minds Education. As their children grew, their propensities changed and it was necessary to add or vary the workshops for their family, as well as keeping the same ones for their friends.  Soaring Minds Education started out as a one day event to now featuring 20+ different options.  In the beginning it served 6-12 year-old students, but as their own children have aged, Soaring Minds Education has expanded to now include students of ages 4-17.

    

What works for our founders has now attracted more than 200 families. Parents can drop off their children for 5 hours at a time to a student supervisor who monitors the health, safety and socialization of the students.  Siblings and cousins are able to enjoy being near and learning together. In addition to the option of paying out-of-pocket, families can use their charter school funds to purchase workshops, class days and field trips.  The best part is that Soaring Minds Education is an independent program, NOT a school or a co-op. Soaring Minds Education encourages parents the freedom to homeschool however they'd wish. We don't require testing, homework or work samples.  In addition to subjects like language arts, mathematics, social studies and science, Soaring Minds Education exposes students to extraordinary subjects such as boating, golfing, musical theater, survival factors, martial arts, robotics, cooking, sewing, dance, foreign languages, etiquette, botany, entrepreneurship, zoology, and many others.

    

Soaring Minds Education is a tribe of families, growing and sharing the homeschooling experience through field trips, community service projects, and family socials. If we recognize a need for improving our community's homeschooling journey, we will figure out how, and then make the possibilities available to Soaring Minds Education.