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Are you struggling with the cookie cutter approach to education?

Do you wish there was more time in the day for your child to experience art, music, the natural world, and their own unique interests, while also achieving academic excellence?

Does your private school feel a lot like a smaller version of public school?

Have you sometimes felt like a chronic school hopper? Or maybe homeschooling doesn’t quite fit your family’s needs right now?

If so, then Welcome to Roots, a new way to ”school.”

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At Roots, we embrace an alternative approach to education that leverages the natural cycles of human development in tune with the seasons of both our years and our lives. We work with families frustrated and depleted by the factory approach of today’s standardized education system. Roots parents take full personal responsibility for creating their children’s education experience but do so with daily, practical support from experienced educators who love working with children. Trying to go it alone can be exhausting and lonely; a strong community of like-minded families makes the process much more tenable.

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Some people call it unschooling, some call it a homeschool learning center, or self-directed learning, or “not-school.” At Roots, we broke the mold. We are now creating our own mold because, despite the most earnest of efforts, we always ultimately failed to fit into standard practices for education. We imagined how it could be better for people like us. 


Roots takes the best of multiple philosophies to create an ideal setting for learning and growth for our member families and children.

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Roots Rhythms

Roots Daily Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 am - Arrival Window

8:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast & Teacher/Student 1:1s

9:30 am - Transition to Academics (Planners)

9:30 - 10:30 am - Academics Session 1

10:30 - 11:00 am - Brain Break, Snack, Outdoor Play

11:00 - 12:00 pm - Academics Session 1

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Outdoor Lunch, Unstructured Play

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Group Workshop

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Dismissal Window

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Aftercare

Roots Weekly Schedule (Example)

Daily - 2 hrs Academics (ELA, Math, World Languages, and Passion Projects)


Monday - Theatre & Creative Movement

Tuesday - Garden @ Spring Forest (tending Roots children’s garden)

Wednesday - Communal Cooking using seasonal herbs from Wild Garden Farms

Thursday - Outdoor STEM Adventures 

Friday - All-music Workshop (Roots band) 

Other typical activities: Adventure Days and field trips, local history projects, art projects of all kinds, cup stacking and ball work for brain training, social thinking skills, civic responsibility and volunteer activities, visit to the local library, time at the Eno River, visit to museums and local historical sites.

Current Offerings at Roots

Roots currently offers two tracks for education and growth: 

  1. Building Life Skills (age 8-13)

  2. Preparing to Launch (age 13+) 

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For 8-13 year olds we offer our Building Life Skills program which emphasizes academic excellence in conjunction with appropriate (joyful!) skill-building programs to scaffold children toward developing their own agency. The daily flow of the Building Life Skills track feels similar to the traditional one-room schoolhouse. Children who are the best fit for Roots have a natural curiosity already. We aim to support that love for learning and hold space for kids to develop grit, problem-solving skills, growth mindset, and self-regulation. Roots is a screen-free space except for several of the robust academic offerings. Lesson plans are designed by an experienced teacher and co-created with the kids. Kids are always closely supervised by an adult during all academic work and any time they are using a device. 

Our teenagers are enrolled in the Preparing to Launch program, designed to support young adults around their desired interests as they begin, in earnest, the journey to lifelong self-sufficiency. Our Preparing to Launch program focuses on goal-setting, project management skills, personal finance, apprenticeships, internships, college search prep, and academics as appropriate. Teens may take formal classes outside of Roots and come to Roots for Preparing to Launch work if they wish, or we can help them design an in-house academic program suited to their needs.


To learn more about program details and how they are personalized to your child’s and family’s needs, please SCHEDULE A DISCOVERY CALL.

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