Microschools are small, multiage private schools that can be funded through private or ESA funds set up through the state of Arizona.


If you believe your child is a good fit according to the student traits and our philosophy on our philosophy page. Please see the application process below.

Application Process

  • Application – Complete the application linked below.
  • If the applicant passes the paper screening, you will be invited to Step 2
  • A link will be sent for the Playground registration system. Set up an account and pay the Application Fee ($50)
  • A link will be sent to schedule an interview time
    • What to bring to the interview:
      • Portfolio of student work
        • It does not have to be extensive
        • Include examples of things your child does well and areas they may need more support in, report cards, etc.
      • Testing Documents:
        • Any gifted identification scores (Not required but recommended)
        • Any special education documentation (504s IEPs, etc.)
      • Anything else that helps us get to know your child
  • If the applicant passes step 2, you will be invited to Step 3.
  • For the 2024-25 School Year – Student Interview
    • We will have an interview with your child. This will take place on the same day as the Parent/Guardian Interview & Application (Step 2). (We will have chat with them after the interview.)
  • For the 2025-26 School Year – Student/Class Observation
    • A link will be sent to schedule a time
    • Students will tour the facility and then join the class. They will work through learning tasks with the teacher and other students (approximately 45-60 min).
  • Upon review of application, including discussions with the Microschool Teacher, applicants will be notified of the enrollment decision

ESA Funding

ESA funds allow any parent or guardian to fund education alternatives for their school-age child. This includes helping with private school tuition.

  • ESA Pays funds each quarter (July, October, January, & April)
  • ESA typically covers $6,800 per year, but that can vary based on age, and needs of the child served.
  • Any ESA/Classwallet charges may be added on to the tuition cost paid by the parent
  • If your child has diagnosed special needs, ESA may provide additional funding to pay for the support services they need.

For more information on the ESA program:


  • Application Fee – $50
    • Nonrefundable
    • Students do not have to reapply each year
  • Yearly Enrollment/Registration Fee – $250
    • This covers many of the enrollment costs and some of the initial classroom materials to start each school year
    • Holds your child’s spot in the program
    • Due at the time of enrollment
    • Nonrefundable
  • Tuition
    • $10,000 per year ($1,000 per month, August – May)

Additional Information and Fees

  • This funding amount is the minimum for us to be able to pay our staff, cover facilities, and run our unique program. Because we have such a small class size and want to do many unique things, we are going to look for other funding sources as well as donations to supplement tuition fees.
  • We will also be asking for families to help us find donations and funding as well as occasionally purchase supplies and materials for some projects and activities. Those will be communicated in advance and we appreciate anything our families can do.
  • We understand this is a significant financial commitment. However, we hope that with the ESA funding it is achievable for all families. 
  • Families who choose the ESA funding option may have to pay the processing fees required by the ESA/Classwallet systems.