The Ethel Streit School - A deliberately diverse educational community located in Cincinnati, Ohio
The Ethel Streit School
Our School Days
We believe, and research confirms , that in small settings such as ours, a four-day week is more than sufficient to help students make academic progress. We operate on a Monday - Thursday schedule and believe that this schedule frees children and families to explore the world and pursue individual interests.

In addition, we believe, and research confirms , that playing is at least as important as academic learning in the elementary years. While we certainly offer our students chances to develop as readers, writers,  mathematicians, and scientists, we believe that offering  significant time to develop as explorers, artists, naturists, and children is equally important. Our school hours are 9:00am-3:00pm, and our days contain blocks of time for focused inquiry as well as blocks of time for play.

Our students are all registered homeschoolers . This may sound daunting, but our knowledgeable educators can help you with your Notification of Intent letter . In addition, we can assist with providing an assessment of your child's knowledge, either through collecting portfolio samples and having an Ohio licensed teacher provide a written assessment of the student's work or by having an Ohio licensed teacher administer one of the nationally normed tests.

Each day, our children go outside. We go outside in all sorts of weather (barring thunderstorms, etc) and encourage children to get dirty and explore their relationship with the natural world.
The Daily Rhythm
Each day, each student is re-welcomed both as an individual and as a member of our educational community.

During our morning meeting, our students check in with one another and build work plans for the day. Students' work plans are as diverse as they are and may stretch across days or even weeks, but they generally answer these three questions:
  1. What are you going to learn about?
  2. How are you going to learn about it?
  3. How are you going to evidence what you learned?

Periods of sustained, in-depth inquiry occur each day. On Mondays and Wednesdays, these periods are closely related to literacy and numeracy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, these periods involve art, music, entrepreneurship, cooking, and field trips. Our space contains a fully-stocked kitchen, and we are delighted to be able to teach our students how to cook healthy food for themselves and their families.

Periods of outdoor play are offered every day. As mentioned above, our students go outside in all sorts of weather.

We also offer open-ended exploratory time in our well-stocked classroom. Students are free to engage with any materials they find, including art supplies, puzzles, imaginative play materials, and building materials.

We believe that technology can be a meaningful supplement to education, but that students must be taught how to use technology to serve their inquiry. We are a "bring your own device" school. We may utilize apps and websites to enhance student learning when appropriate and in keeping with the philosophies of our families.

Just as we open each day with a morning meeting, we close with an afternoon meeting. This closure allows our community to check in with one another before we go our separate ways for the evening. It is our policy not to assign homework. We believe that our students are engaged in their work during the day with us and ought to use their evenings and Fridays and weekends to explore their own interests and be with their families.

The Ethel Streit School - A deliberately diverse educational community located in Cincinnati, OH