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Meeting The Growing Demand For Unconventional Schooling

Updated: Apr 2


Smiling learner, arms holding full body size blue and black butterfly wings costume. Meeting the growing demand for unconventional schooling.
Meeting the growing demand for unconventional schooling.

These three blog posts are intended to show how we are working to meet the growing demand for unconventional schooling. We hope to support new potential families learn how Rock Tree Sky might meet their needs.




Some families are dissatisfied with the conventional education system, driving their desire for personalized learning experiences, and the need for flexibility in scheduling and curriculum. These posts are based on some research that shows reasons why families are leaving conventional school and looking for other education options to meet their needs. This research goes into the emerging trend of the creation of small learning communities like Rock Tree Sky. It examines three main motivations driving the creation of these learning communities:


  1. Parents disagree with decisions at their child’s school and feel unheard. They want help to find an alternative that will honor their perspective and values.

  2. Parents see that their child is unhappy, unsafe, or struggling at school. They want help finding an environment where they can regain their love for Learning.

  3. Parents notice that their child’s school is too focused on academic milestones and neglects other forms of learning. They want help to find a balanced educational experience for their child.


This research can be found here. It comes from research by the Clayton Christensen Institute. The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through Disruptive Innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues including education, healthcare, and economic prosperity. Its mission is to work to shape and elevate the conversation surrounding these issues through rigorous research and public outreach.

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