A 1:12 teacher-student ratio empowers teachers at Primer to build deep relationships with their students. Each student knows that they belong to a caring community of teachers and peers.
Build a robot. Record a song. Start a business. Every day, students have blocks of time to go deep on their unique interests. Primer’s team of project advisors helps students set and achieve ambitious goals.
Hybrid courses allow Primer to hire the best educators for each subject – no matter where they live. Students spend less than two hours per day in virtual lessons and the rest of their time learning offline.
Primer’s carefully vetted, standards-based curriculum ensures students build competitive transcripts so that our graduates will be admitted by top-tier high schools and universities.
Primer students spend time each day building habits that will set them up for a lifetime of success. Teachers help students practice mindfulness and goal setting and lead team building exercises to build a strong school community.
Primer families have access to a dashboard that shows their child's progress over time. Teachers regularly share photos and progress updates to give families a clear window into their child’s day.
Academics at Primer are self-paced. As students master concepts, they can move forward quickly. When support is needed, teachers provide one-on-one assistance to ensure that students are engaged by every lesson.
Primer’s growing list of virtual clubs give students the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities with kids around the country whenever they have completed their other tasks. For example, students write stories together in Storytellers Club, engage in friendly competition in a world-wide Science Fair, and collaborate on ambitious art projects in Artists Club.
Jasmin Song has 6 years of elementary teaching experience in New York City. She has served as a Kindergarten Grade Team Leader and Literacy Specialist for 3 years. Jasmin is the 2019 Excellence Award recipient. In her free time, Ms. Jasmin Song loves to hang out with her 2 cats, decorate her home, and spend time outdoors.
Brittney Jeffries has 7 years of elementary experience working as a founding lead teacher and reading interventionist in North Carolina and Philadelphia. She studied communication and elementary education.
Shanlee Apeiron has 11 years of experience teaching grades 2-5 with special focuses in STEM, project-based learning and gifted programs. She’s a National Board Certified teacher who loves to give students ownership of their own learning by advocating for their own passions in a creative way.
Apryl Shackelford has 19 years of experience teaching and leading across grades K-6 in Miami and Jacksonville. She is a former District Teacher of the Year and a State of Florida Teacher of the Year finalist.
Myra McCormick has 20 years of experience working in education as a teacher and founding school leader in Boston, New York and Seattle. She loves teaching science most of all. In her free time, she can be found playing in the mountains, gazing at the sea, petting dogs, knitting, and tending to her plants.
Sydney has 7 years of experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade in New York City. There she led 93-100% of her students to pass the state assessment annually. In recognition of her performance, she served as the grade team lead and a labsite teacher.
Monique Bridges has 7 years of experience teaching at the elementary level. She has been the leader of her 3rd grade team and is also a recipient of the New Teacher Award and Bright Spot Award.
Jenna Schmidt has 10 years of experience teaching grades K-4 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a Director of Curriculum, math specialist and mentor teacher.
Middle school students created asset maps of neighborhoods across Miami and presented their findings and recommendations for strengthening communities.
We think of our application process as the first step towards building a partnership between our school and your family. We aim to learn about your child’s interests, needs and goals.
We accept all students that we believe will be successful at Primer Microschools. Those students are typically growth-oriented, creative and eager to explore the world. We do not give students priority based on past grades or traditional measurements of scholastic aptitude.
We also do not give students priority based on a family’s ability to pay. We ensure that this cost is never a barrier to our schools through income-based scholarships which families of eligible students are awarded based on need. Many families will qualify for full-ride scholarships.
Complete the initial application. It takes approximately 5 minutes.
Join us for a 30-minute family interview. This will allow you to learn more about our schools, and will give us a chance to get to know your child and family.
Your child will be asked to complete and submit a creative task.
We send an acceptance letter to each child who is accepted into Primer Microschools.
We follow the Miami-Dade county school calendar.
Yes. All Primer Microschool students are eligible to participate in sports and other interscholastic activities at their local school. In addition, all students have full access to Primer’s virtual extra-curricular clubs and programs, such as Chess.
Your child will be eligible to join in on non-sports extracurriculars like band and theater at their local public school. They will also have full access to all the Clubs and Pursuits on Primer.
We will provide every child with a school laptop.
We don't want finances to be a barrier for anyone, so if you’re interested, please apply regardless of your financial situation (or even if you're worried about how your family can afford private school). We award income-based scholarships and work one-on-one with families who need financial assistance.