What does a typical day look like at Microcampus?

The good news is that there really is no such thing as a "typical" day at Microcampus. The design of the program is to put a great deal of responsibility for making decisions about the day in the hands of the students. Some days will include some full group outings to nearby villages. Mealtimes are generally set in advance in order to help the kitchen staff prepare our meals. Every day there is a student-led 30-minute daily meeting at 10:00 AM, during which students and their teachers review the calendar, prepare for upcoming events, share news updates, and touch base about project work. Later in the day, as needed, some classes (math, in particular) will meet for direct instruction.

Beyond that, the schedule is wide open for students to put their plans into action. At any given time, you might find three Microcampus students heading off to a nearby village to do first-hand research related to their Inquiry Projects. Another two groups of students might be interviewing local villagers as a part of their Service Learning work. Two or three students might be off riding their bicycles as a part of their wellness plan, while another is adding information she found from a local interview to her online workspace for her Inquiry Project. A boy might be hanging up his laundry to dry in the Xizhou sun as another student practices his violin. Two other students might be having a Skype conversation with their math teacher, and another might be doing a weekly check-in with the SAS school nurse back in Shanghai.

The weekday schedule for the B-4 group (March/April, 2013) looked list this:

7:00 Wake up
7:30 Breakfast (in-house)
8:15 SAS Essentials (primarily math class; with time for other essential curricular expectations)
10:00 Daily Meeting
10:30 Pitching In (laundry, cleaning up, dishes)
12:00 Lunch
1:00-5:45 PM WIPPIS  (Wellness for 1 hour, Inquiry Project for 2 hours, Pitching In for 1 hours, Still Time for 30 minutes--students choose the sequence)
5:45 Check-in
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Programming (designed by students)

Clearly, this is a dynamic process, and one that requires individual participants to be self-directed, eager to learn, and up to the task of being trusted to do the right thing. The following subsections of Daily Life: Learning spells out some more details of the experiences of Microcampus students.