Ascend Micro School partners with parents to provide an engaging, learner-driven education rooted in compassion for our local community and the people in it. We aim to embrace the strengths of the curious, driven, passionate, gifted students we serve and empower them through highly individualized instruction, place-based education, hands-on learning, and character development so that each child can strengthen the gifts that are uniquely theirs and vital to our world.
A child’s education should reach far beyond academic standards. By the time students move to adulthood, they should be able to thrive as a member of society. We believe the purpose of education is to equip students to be lifelong learners and compassionate citizens while preparing them to live an enriched, fulfilling life as they create positive change in their community.
We are a homeschool hybrid, also referred to as an independent school. We fall under both private school and homeschool laws. Students attend 1-3 days a week and are homeschooled the other days.
Our mission at Juniper Micro School is to create a collaborative community that cherishes curiosity, nurtures each child’s unique strengths and helps children develop the skills and mindsets to boldly follow their passions to become tomorrow’s change agents.
We don’t wait for change – we are the changemakers. At Juniper we value innovation and research. We follow a progressive philosophy based on current, high-quality research on brain and child development.
We dare kids to be bold. In a rapidly changing and complex world, we emphasize resilience, critical thinking, risk-taking, intrinsic motivation and creative problem solving over rote memorization.
An education as unique as your child. Juniper’s intimate community allows us to provide an extremely personalized learning environment for students where individual strengths are valued and nurtured.
The power of the micro school. The micro school model is lean, agile and efficient. It allows us to serve as a truly innovative grassroots leader in reimagining education.
Forest School with Waldorf-Inspired Academics M-F/ 5-Day or M,W,F/3-Day Week. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Regular Hours) or 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (Extended Program) 6-17y / Scholarships Available!
Located in central MN, 17 dedicated acres, a year-round forest school program with Waldorf-inspired academics is offered. 2 Full-Time guides, and guest speakers/presenters. Licensed, Insured, Trained.