Galileo allows us to choose the right path for each child and allows families the ability to choose how, when, and where, and who is best equipped to teach their own kids. We've got to put the families in charge of the families, it's definitely a step that needs to be taken.
Daniel Prince, Galileo Parent
Took my eldest out of mainstream school to attend @galileoxp. Probably one of the smartest things I’ve done as a parent.
John Tan, Galileo Parent
Imagine a world with more people like you all with this passion and commitment for the next generation.
Carley Peck, Event Attendee
At Galileo you get to meet people from all around the world, it’s like traveling the world without leaving Taiwan.
Ella, Galileo Student
Elin wanted to try Hackathon from the moment she heard about it. She wasn't able to attend the kick-off meeting, so she watched the recorded meeting. After she understood the goal, she was off and running. She would show me her progress throughout the week, but it was all her creation. I loved watching/seeing how she tackled a project like this
Jennifer Bishop, Galileo Parent
I have seen Joshua really thrive. He loves his school and I never have to remind him to join the class. It really makes him hungry for more knowledge and creativity
Sonja, Galileo Parent
Mason was so excited to win the Jolly Junior Award! He absolutely loved participating in the Hackathon, and it was such a fun and wonderful experience for him. Both Mason and I really loved the chosen UN SDG theme! He hadn't been exposed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the past, which is so important, so it was amazing to see his curiosity as he dove into researching the Sustainable Development Goals to choose the specific goal he wanted to focus his game on.
Shari, Galileo Parent
I think the pressure in the sense of taking her work seriously is sometimes good and I am 100% sure in Galileo she would get the right kind of pressure/commitment. Thank you so much.
Andreea, Galileo Parent
I stopped worrying about his learning. He was learning plenty. We started exploring online classes, and he began to enjoy coding, improv, maths, science and a whole host of fun, engaging classes where he was interacting with other children, and learning things he was interested in.
Esther, Galileo Parent
Feels like a big step at the time and only with hindset you realize its a small step, but you can say you tried it without harm being done
Nathan Day, Galileo Parent
My kids wanted to press pause on Galileo and we were set to press pause at the end of this month……. until it actually came time to recognize that it’s almost the end of the month, and that today would be my daughter’s last check-in day with Jessica. This made Anna so sad. :( Then thinking that they’d have to miss All Arts Production Studio, which none of us realized goes until Dec 17, prompted an old-fashioned family meeting. They’ve decided that they don’t want to leave (Anna wouldn’t even let me use the word “leave” Galileo.) :) The consensus is that we are going to bring our iPads to Mexico during our week there and make it work! Oh my. Never a dull moment in the unschooling journey :)
Maggie, Galileo Parent
I like Agora! it helps me with my week day school. & to meet new friends.
Caroline, Galileo Student
Galileo is the foundation that allowed the us to go ‘big picture’ in supporting our kids to become independant.
Ken, Galileo Parent
When we decided to homeschool our both sons, I knew that we cannot do it in a traditional way and also that we cannot do it by ourselves. Galileo was our support all along this journey, It opened for us different doors that we didn’t think about before. My boys feel at home now with Galileo’s community with both adults and children.
Kaoutar, Galileo Parent
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Your Questions Answered
- How can I be sure my child will learn enough at Galileo?
Who gets to decide what is “enough”?
When kids are interested in a subject, they will learn all there is to know about it. If you’ve ever lived with a Pokemon fan, you’ll know the depth those kids can develop when engaged. Interest and inspiration will always lead to learning. The key is to make sure your kids can access the topics they are interested in.
Galileo offers learning experiences on a huge range of topics. There are some more “traditional” curriculum subjects, and there are also exciting topics that kids might not have had access to until college.
+ How do you ensure that children learn when there is no testing?
Have you ever done well in a test, but not really remembered anything you’ve learned? School tests show the ability to perform well at tests.
The child with exam anxiety could fail the exam, but know more about the topic than the teacher.
The beauty of self-directed learning is that you will see your child’s learning as they are doing it through a project-based model. We hear from a lot of parents that their children eagerly share their learning, talking endlessly about the new things they are discovering and exploring.
And if you ever have any concerns, you can speak to the check-in facilitator to see if your child needs any extra support.
+ Will Galileo prepare my child for college?
This is one of the most common concerns about alternative schooling. How will kids get to go to college if they don’t follow a mainstream school route?
Research by Peter Gray and Gina Riley in 2014 showed that unschooled kids who want to go to college are able to thrive in more structured academic environments. Unschooled kids are already used to being self-motivated and directed. So they adapt well to the academic demands of college.
*At Galileo, we have a partnership with West River Academy who offers accreditation, transcripts, and diplomas. If you want more focused attention and exam support for your child, you can join our Pro Academics program where your child will get all the support they need to pass tests and study core subjects.
+ Do I have to commit to a full year? What if my child doesn’t enjoy it?
We offer a flexible, monthly subscription so that your family can have the freedom to stay or go depending on how your child likes the structure and offerings. We often see families opting in for a yearly plan (because of the savings) after a month or two when their child is fully invested and loving it!
We can pause your tuition subscription for a minimum of one month or however long is needed. We can hold your children's spots in their current class for one month but anything longer than that, we will put them in a class that has space available for their age group.
+ My child is nervous about online learning and meeting new kids through Zoom.
All students have a different level of comfort on camera and we understand that your child may be nervous about showing their face on a Zoom call.
Having the camera off makes it more difficult to meet and get to know your new friends! But students can ease into it.
Each student is assigned an individual Learning Coach who they meet while onboarding to Galileo. Their coach will support them in working through their nervousness.
+ Can children go back into the “traditional” system after doing at-home education?
One of the things that self-directed learners are great at is knowing how to learn! Those "how to learn" skills are critical for success and might mean they find traditional schooling easy.
If a student voluntarily reenters traditional schooling, it's still self-directed education because they are making that choice freely. The path to reintegration may not be straight, but it is very much possible.
+ How much screen time will this program have?
Families should recognize that most of our program happens online and to get the full experience, the students likely have to spend a few hours in front of their screen each day. However, this is ACTIVE, not passive, screen usage. The kids are engaging with their peers, building 3D modeling creations, learning about and debating various topics, and many other cool things!
*The average Galileo student spends between 30 minutes to about five hours in live Galileo activities each day. The exact time varies based on the number of Learning Experiences (LXPs) a student chooses and on which days those activities fall.
+ How can I trust my child to choose their own topics to learn?
We can say with certainty that the mindset shift into self-directed education is definitely ongoing! The first step is to challenge the idea of being "behind." What definition are you comparing your student to?
The second step is to challenge the definition of what learning really is. Learning can appear in many different ways and places.
The third step is to trust the process. While the end goal may be to see your child take control of their life and learning, this does not have to happen overnight. But with time and guidance it will.
+ Will my child learn how to socialize?
Galileo is an incredibly active, online and in-person community where kids can discover their social side. Spaces like Galileo Agora and Clubs are designed to give students opportunities to socialize while they’re learning
When your family goes to visit our in-person learning centers (the Dojos), your kids will have the opportunity to meet their virtual friends around the world!