WELCOME TO THE INDEPENDENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
It can be incredibly hard for independently educated families to find the resources they need for an excellent education--especially for secondary-level aged students.
High quality classes and curriculum that involve active learning are not always readily available or easy to come by.
And even if you do find good courses and content, they're not always consistent or flexible. Making it hard to build an education on.
That is why we created the Independent Education Program!
CONSISTENT, FLEXIBLE, EXCELLENT EDUCATION
Many homeschool and alternatively educated families struggle to stay independent in their education programs because homeschooling itself isn’t meeting the growing needs of growing students. For some this was always the plan, but I know that many of these families love homeschooling, they want homeschooling to work, but they don’t have sufficient access to content that is-
At the secondary level
High quality and academically rigorous
Reliably available year over year
A la carte
This lack of access puts homeschooling families in a difficult position. On the one hand they can piece together whatever options exist in their area, i.e. if their local co-op has a great math program, then great. If not, then things get tough. On the other hand, if they enroll their students in a school or program that has more comprehensive offerings that program will also likely limit flexibility.
The vision of the Independent Education Program will be to fill that gap by providing consistent, high quality, academic content that gives parents more a la carte options to build out their secondary level homeschool curriculum. We also want to strengthen co-ops or homeschool friendly schools by creating high quality content that can add valuable offerings in their class schedules.
COURSES OFFERED BY THE IEP
We are so excited to announce our new math program, which is being directed by Gesse Rosa. We have multiple levels of math available for the 2022-2023 school year, ensure that your student has a level available for them and a future in math. The levels we offer are:
Fundamentals of Math
SPEECH AND DEBATE
Our speech and debate program (the Wasatch Independent Debate League) has been around for 15 years and is directed by Sam Martineau.
In this class, students learn the skills of critical thinking, persuasion, listening, and effective communication in context of seven speaking and debate events.
The effects of this class on our students is incredible, and as a result, our students frequently place in national competitions. Not only that, our students learn the soft skills they need to be successful at anything they do later on in life.
Directed by Sam Martineau, this course will be all about learning the text, context, meaning and intent behind the constitution. Specifically, students will use Moot Court to learn this document inside and out.
Students will use real and hypothetical cases in a mock supreme court setting to learn the meaning and merit behind everything in this founding document of our nation.
Year one will focus on the body of the constitution. Year two will focus on the amendments. Students will argue in moot court both in class and against other students in moot court competitions!
As our general math and science director, Gesse Rosa will also direct our chemistry classes. We will offer two levels to our students.
Chemistry Fundamentals: This course is for students who have never studied chemistry or understood basic concepts of chemistry. After the conclusion of this course, the student will be familiar with concepts of kinetic and potential energy, the composition of atoms, the history of atoms and periodic table. In addition, students will be familiar with scientists and their major contribution to the advance of chemistry.
Chemistry 1: This class is equivalent to the first year of college chemistry and is for students who understand the fundamentals and beginning concepts taught in our entry-level chemistry course.
THE IEP IS HIRING FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
As we expand our program, the Independent Education Program is looking for people to fill the following positions
Teachers for the Wasatch Independent Debate League
Teachers for the constitution and moot court class
Administrators for our all of our new programs
All of these positions are well compensated and flexible. A comprehensive curriculum as well as training and ongoing support will be provided for teachers.
If you are interested, click the button to apply.
MEET OUR PROGRAM DIRECTORS
GESSE ROSA, MATH AND SCIENCE DIRECTOR
Gesse has been teaching mathematics, chemistry, physics, and Portuguese courses professionally for over 6 years.
His teaching methodology allows students, no matter where they are on their education path, a clear way to help them not only get caught up, but have every skill and ability to master the math and science portions of the ACT/SAT.
Gesse has BS in Chemical Engineering (BYU), a BS in Chemistry (UofU), and a BS in Physics (UofU)
SAM MARTINEAU, GENERAL DIRECTOR
Sam has been teaching speech and debate in the homeschool community for fifteen years. He is the founder and director of the Wasatch Independent Debate League, which has been introducing homeschooled students to academic debate for the past thirteen years. He has also seen significant success as a mock trial coach including coaching three top ten teams at the National Mock Trial Tournament.
Samuel Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University with a B.S. and teaching certificate in Communication Teaching and a minor in History Teaching.