Mobility done two ways
NOMAD offers two unique ways to get on the bus -- full-time and part-time schooling.
Full-time students will attend NOMAD Monday-Friday, participating in the full curriculum. These students will belong to one of two student cohorts consisting of seven-ten students lead by an educator. They will move through the curriculum both as individual cohorts and as a larger group with all NOMAD students.
Two days a week will be dedicated to the Humanities curriculum, two days to the STEM curriculum and one day to building and sustaining unique community systems modeled after our larger society (i.e. governement system, art gallery, etc.)
Our Friday program is unique to NOMAD, taking our experiential philosophy to the next level. On Fridays, we hand intricate real-world systems over to the kids to run. We have developed a student-created democratic system of governance and economics, a rotating art gallery showcasing student and professional work alike, a podcast available to the public on iTunes, a literary publication, and a garden and food program. Fridays provides kids the time and mentorship to build and sustain these meaningful aspects of NOMAD and San Francisco culture.
Part-time schoolers are able to get their NOMADic experience four days per week rather than 5. This allows students coming from homeschooling the chance to maintain some flexibility in their schedule and academic programming. We require that part-time students attend four days per week to get the most out of our cross-curriculuar STEM and Humanities curriculum.
For the 2018/2019 school year, part time students also have the options to drop in on Fridays as well as they wish.
The two together
The full-time and part-time schoolers will be moving through the curriculum together. The only difference between the two groups of students will simply be the addition of Fridays.