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    Advantages of being an official Cottage School?

    I suddenly find myself teaching four additional children this year. My MP children are Simply Classical A, Junior K, First, Third, and Fifth. This is four days a week, with the fifth being an enrichment day. I have two assistants, one a mum and one my specials-needs guy's helper. I also teach two Logic and three Latin (2FF, 1 TF) to an entirely different set of kids, including one with none who are mine in it. Does this make me insane, yes, but does it make me a cottage school as well? My core students only number eight, too small? My other classes total 13 kids, with one being in the first group. Should I seek recognition as a cottage school? Can I still use my house, which has classrooms, or must I go outside? What advantages do I have for recognition and what must I comply with for same? Is this written somewhere so I don't have to bother you all?

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    Re: Advantages of being an official Cottage School?

    Originally posted by Meginiowa View Post
    I suddenly find myself teaching four additional children this year. My MP children are Simply Classical A, Junior K, First, Third, and Fifth. This is four days a week, with the fifth being an enrichment day. I have two assistants, one a mum and one my specials-needs guy's helper. I also teach two Logic and three Latin (2FF, 1 TF) to an entirely different set of kids, including one with none who are mine in it. Does this make me insane, yes, but does it make me a cottage school as well? My core students only number eight, too small? My other classes total 13 kids, with one being in the first group. Should I seek recognition as a cottage school? Can I still use my house, which has classrooms, or must I go outside? What advantages do I have for recognition and what must I comply with for same? Is this written somewhere so I don't have to bother you all?
    Good evening,

    Not a bother at all. I have moved your thread to our Cottage School subforum and you will hopefully hear from our cottage school director early next week. Until then, I hope some of our members who run and attend HLS Cottage Schools will share as well.

    Welcome to the forum!

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      Re: Advantages of being an official Cottage School?

      Hey there MeginIowa!
      I think one if the best reasons to become an HLS cottage school is trajectory. By doing so, you are firmly connecting yourself to the MP curriculum and stating which direction you plan to head to your students/families. That extra layer of accountability helps parents know where their children are headed and takes a measure of responsibility off you: these are not Meg's ideas (even if they are), these are things that are important for cottage school identity. Examples would be being Latin language centric, classroom decorum (even in your home), cursive, memorization, etc.

      A question: It sounds like you have a thriving group there, but are across many different ages and topics. Would you like to grow or would you like to continue serving your current families on a mega-tutor basis like you are now?

      Great to hear from you!
      Festina lentē,
      Jessica P

      2021-2022 • 12th year HSing • 10th year MP
      12th • AP Latin online, DE Calculus & Physics, HLN
      10th • HLN, Latin online
      7th • HLN & Home
      4th • HLN & Home
      Me • Third Form for Adults, MPOA; teaching TFL and co-directing @

      Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School, est. 2016

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