Rose Creek Village shares home school methods
By Andrew Alexander
Rose Creek Village has been educating children at home, in some form or fashion, since the village moved to McNairy County more than 10 years ago.
According to one Rose Creek Village educator Jeremiah Briggs, the village has tried corporate school but has recently switched from that method of educating back to their traditional form of home schooling students.
Briggs, who is currently enrolled at the University of Memphis pursuing his Masters Degree in Special Education, says that Rose Creek residents each possessed unique travel schedules, and time constraints that made it difficult for parents and students to maintain the corporate school structure.
The main reason for the change was the community’s feeling that parents need to be accountable for their children’s education.
“Parental involvement in student life is essential,” said Briggs.
The community ran an education program based on phases, meaning students were not placed in grades like kindergarten through 12th grade, but instead students were placed in blocks based on the amount of education they had already attained.
Education at Rose Creek is unique, according to Briggs. Each family is responsible for educating their children, but the curriculum is state accredited and still run by the same principles their corporate school used.
The first phase being “foundation education,” which is much like preschool and kindergarten on the public school level.
The second phase teaches basic English, mathematics, and reading foundations like lower grades in public school would, and the phases continue along that path until reaching the fifth phase.
Phase five focuses the majority of the education process on the specialized interest of the student. For example, “If you like agriculture, that’s what you would learn about,” said Briggs.
Of course, students first need to be recommended by teachers and parents and also have to write a composition of their future career field before being accepted into the fifth phase of their education.
After being accepted the students are self-regulated but have to meet curriculum standards and are often monitored, much like teachers on the public school level go through evaluations.
“What we discovered was what you love is what you’re going to do,” said Briggs, “and most excel.”
Though Rose Creek has switched from corporate schooling, they are still using this form of structure to educate their children.
Education at Rose Creek is overseen by Home Life Academy, which is a state recognized and accredited group that evaluates student progress, curriculum, and graduation for the community.
Apart from Home Life Academy oversight, Rose Creek Village also presents their students with standardized achievement tests much like public schools do to keep up with the progress of their students to ensure requirements are met.