Independent Explorers

About

Explora offers an agile learning center experience for unschooling, homeschooling, and independent learners fostering autonomy and independence through free exploration and project based learning for learners ages 6+. 

PROGRAM

We believe in mixed-age learning environments, free play and using the community and our environment to naturally inspire learning. We draw tools from a variety of recognized sources but ultimately we are an agile learning center. The Independent Explorers program has space for up to 14 kids ages 6 (depending on readiness) + and is supported by 2-3 creative facilitators.

Facilitators at Explora are curators of opportunity. We support learners as they begin to direct their days based on specific interests. We recognize the importance of rhythm and facilitate an environment that empowers learners to follow their curiosity, develop and cultivate skills, and take ownership over their learning. We continually strive to bring in members of the community to collaborate with the learners. The diversity of these offerings is an incredible framework that exposes our learners to a wide variety of learning paths. 

We go on excursions into our surrounding/ local and natural environments at least two times per month.. Excursion days are the times we intentionally leave the comfort zone of our center and pursue experiences in the natural and cultural landscape around us. Excursion Days are some of the most exciting and valuable days for connection and learning. 

We always ensure there is time for the pursuit of independent projects. When possible, we encourage learners to connect with experts or members of the community to further their projects. 

We are always gaining new skills through our experiences and projects based on curiosity and in our explorations, we develop habits of lifelong learning that truly prepare us for the future. 

Our Explora community is focused on the principles of trust, access, and responsibility. Our learning center and community are solely supported through the membership fees paid by our families.

INDEPENDENT LEARNERS
(ages 6+)

Monday – Thursday : 10:00am – 2:00pm
(September – August)

Monthly Family Membership = $4,500 Pesos/ learner*
*** Includes monthly learner excursions and family access for parents/ guardians to community center resources including space use, workshops, offerings and other opportunities for connection and learning.

Apply for Independent Explorers Here


OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCESSIBILITY & EQUITY

As we grow, we try to balance accessibility with sustainability. We are always looking at our membership fee process to make sure we’re being responsible to our current families and to the future health of the program. We do everything possible to meet families where they are and supplement membership cost when supporting funds are available. By trusting families to be generous and reasonable we increase our accessibility and the diversity of our community center.

We try never to turn a family away based on finances. There is a space on the application for you to share details about your membership offer if you are unable to pay the full monthly fee. 


LEARNING HAPPENS IN COMMUNITY

By enrolling your learner in a youth program, you are enrolling in a family membership and are committing to being a part of the Explora Agile Learning Community, where members of all ages (including parents & kids) chart their own learning path by exploring and sharing their unique passions, interests and curiosities. You understand that Explora is not a conventional school, but rather a learning center focused on the mission of building community through self-directed learning. Although parents are not required to participate at any minimum of hours, families must commit to exploring ways to engage with the community via parent meetings, workshops, offerings and other opportunities for connection and learning.