A day in the life of our students
Self-directed learning is rooted in the application of skills: thinking skills, research skills, self-management skills, social skills and communication skills. Our students work on all these skills during their daily check-ins.
The most flexible Schedule
We designed Galileo for modern active families who want a self-directed education for their children, aged 8-18, with a flexible schedule that gives them the freedom to live their lives and travel as they wish. We are open year round. Families can take breaks whenever they wish.
Nothing is mandatory and everything is inspirational
Every week we organize clubs, nanocourses and other activities to introduce students to new and interesting topics. This is what in the self-directed community is called “strewing”. Then students can pick and choose what they want to participate in.
Michael is an enthusiastic 16-year-old who lives in Seattle. He has been homeschooled for the past 7 years and joined Galileo in September 2019.
He’s passionate about computer science, math, English, and especially captivated by entrepreneurship. He is also motivated to improve his language fluency in Spanish. He’s exploring several different future entrepreneurial ideas using his foreign language and technology skills.
Take a look at his weekly schedule. Michael strives for a well-rounded and academically-focused learning plan in case he decides to apply to university, but his current desire is to launch his own global tech business.
Brianne is an 11-year-old student from Austria, currently living in Portugal. German is her mother tongue and she speaks English as a second language.
She is an extroverted and eloquent learner and passionate about art, dancing, and swimming.
Her parents started homeschooling her one year ago. Since then, they've been using Galileo to help Brianne self-direct her learning journey.
Take a look at her weekly schedule
Her learning plan is focused on finding her interests and passions. She is also enrolled with the umbrella school West River Academy to receive transcripts if she were to apply to University. Brianne’s schedule fits well with her regular weekly activities.
Screen Time With Meaning
Daily online fun and engaging learning experiences facilitated by our world-class teachers.
The Daily Check-ins
Check-ins help students to keep themselves accountable for their self-directed learning as well as build community with their classmates. Through the use of an agile gameshifting board, students will assist in facilitating alongside an adult facilitator to share their learning discoveries and inspire their peers, in addition to sharing a presentation on a topic of their choice, once a month. Inspired by daily scrum meetings, a process used by high performing tech companies to maintain accountability and motivate day-to-day progress among teams. Check-ins are held in small groups of 7 students plus an adult facilitator who meet daily, Monday to Friday.
In Galileo’s teacher-led clubs, students have the opportunity to try and explore new topics or areas of interest they may never have even heard of! A motivating and inspiring place of discovery, collaboration, and building their skills and passions for a lifetime of learning and passionate achievements. Meet Galileo's Math & Coding tutor Sammy Nyakabau sharing more details about these clubs' activities in his Math Club.
Galileo nanocourses are one month project-based learning experiences, designed for students to have a real world engaging experience and create a meaningful project. Recent topics have included Food Innovation, Negotiation, 3D Printing, Virology and Start your Own Business. Students have the chance to collaborate, communicate, solve problems and use critical thinking skills to complete different activities.
Galileo’s latest program has recently launched, starting with a partnership company, DOYOBI. Doyobi is a platform to teach science with coding. Providing students with real-world science application and challenging problem-solving coding in Scratch, this boot camp will last 8 weeks.