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Micro-School Hybrid Design

Mount Airy City Schools ~ Micro-School Digital Resources 


Mount Airy City Schools is committed to providing ALL students with instructional practices that stem from superior teaching and learning. Our micro-school design is a hybrid model that allows for both virtual learning and place-based learning, which ensures our students have hands-on experiences in the face-to-face environment. Through this hybrid model, we are able to meet our students and families at their point of need. Students receiving additional services through different departments, including exceptional children, academically gifted, or English language learners will have access to the experts in those designated departments in order to meet their personal goals. 
Hybrid Design Components: 


Who: Kindergarten through 5th (K-5) grade Micro-School students 

What: This is a learning management system that houses each student’s online journal of learning. Lessons, activities, and primary communication is provided through this digital resource. Students access their lessons from the SeeSaw app on their school-issued iPads. A huge positive to this setup is our ability to personalize lessons for our students in multiple ways. If a student needs intervention or reteaching of lessons this allows us to reach them individually. In the same manner, if a student has mastered grade-level content early and needs enrichment, we can provide them with increasingly rigorous work and expose them to higher grade-level content as needed. 

When: Daily and weekly



Who: 6th through 8th grade and High School

What: Apex is a learning management system that houses lessons, practice activities, and assessments for students who are learning from home. This program allows students to move through the course and learn at their own pace. 

When: Students log in to this program at their own convenience as long as they are able to maintain their coursework. We suggest that families set daily expectations around their child's engagement with their Apex coursework. Once a child gets behind in Apex coursework it is often difficult to get caught up.

Google Meet

Who: K-5 and 6-8 Micro-School students

What: Students in K-5 will attend “live” class times in the virtual classroom environment. During this time, Micro-School teachers will facilitate grade-level class lessons and engage in-class activities with other students. This provides a great opportunity to keep the class working together as a family. Teachers are able to provide direct instruction, while also monitoring students’ progress and social-emotional learning (SEL) needs. In grades 6-8 we expect all Apex students to get on a weekly check-in with a MicroSchool teacher using Google Meet. This allows the teacher to ask questions, monitor their independent progress with the online courses, and check on their SEL needs.

When: 1 to 2 times per week for K-5 students and weekly for Apex students 


Drop-In Times

Who: K-5 Micro-School students

What: Families are given the opportunity to sign their student up for extra small group or 1:1 instruction with one of the teachers. This time allows for very personalized instruction for each student based on family and teacher feedback.

When: 1 time per week



Who: Kindergarten through 8th (K-8)

What: IXL provides students extra practice in both Math and Language Arts. The lessons can be assigned by the teacher or students can choose lessons based on their specific needs.

When: Students are asked to work in Imagine Math for at least 45 minutes per week. This can look different at each grade level.



Raz Kids 

Who: Kindergarten through 5th (K-5)

What: Raz-Kids is an online program that offers students an assortment of differentiated and interactive books based on their interests as well as their reading level. Raz-Kids allows students to read and listen to books, as well as provides students the opportunity to record themselves reading. 

When: Raz-Kids can be used multiple times per week. Students are able to read books they choose themselves and teachers are able to assign books based on current standards that are being taught.