Custom Winterm Academics

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The goal was to find a private tutor or a company that could teach our student athlete remotely for 11 weeks. The challenge was to find a way to get as much of her current school’s content into a 4-day a week schedule to allow for our student athlete to train and live outside of Massachusetts. The solution was to go with Knower Academics... The Knower Academics business model and philosophy allowed our family and our student athlete to build a custom Winter Term program where she would be instructed under 3 academic areas covering 7 subjects...[She] returned to school after 11 weeks further ahead in mathematics than her class by at least 2 weeks and brought her a sense of accomplishment for her hard work and attention...Another additional benefit to this model and the Knower Academics “Custom Winter Term” experience was the focus and time spent with Reese on her organizational skills, her preparation methodology and her ability to manage time and meet deadlines...She learned to organize her work, lay out her weeks and days ahead of time, label and manage her work and data and put it into proper folders.

— Elizabeth , mother of 5th grade custom winterm student

Educational Programming
for Snow Sports Athletes

Take your school slope-side.

Knower Academics offers top-quality, customized instruction in a range of subjects and specialties, empowering student-athletes of all ages, to take leave from the traditional classroom and train on snow. Our team of teachers specialize in using the one-to-one teaching environment to connect with students and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of learning. Our team has over ten years of experience in partnering with schools to develop curriculum-for-credit solutions. Our communication encourages faculty from the sending-school to share insight and feedback, but our Knower teachers are also able to function independently, allowing us to keep students up to speed without over-burdening faculty.

We are proud and privileged to partner directly with Franconia Ski Club, Holderness School, Loon Race Team, and Mountain Valley to offer dedicated academic programs that support students while they are away from the classroom. In addition to these educational partnerships, we can also build you a custom class for credit or offer complete semesters of school that travels with you.

Win•term (n): contraction /ˈwinˌtərm/

  1. winter term
  2. an academic period that runs in tandem with the ski season
  3. alternative academic options used by snow sport athletes to accommodate rigorous training and competition

Knower Academics offers the structure of a classroom with the customization of the one-to-one environment. Our teaching, curriculum and communication are designed to dovetail with student schedules and align with sending-schools. We write an Individualized Academic Plan for each student, developed together with their families and schools and guided by the student’s own goals and input. Knower will spearhead communication with schools to align curriculum or coordinate work exchange and keep families and teachers updated with session logbooks and frequent reports. Knower educators, in addition to their expertise in teaching specific subject material, are experienced in supporting students with executive functioning, study and organizational skills, and standardized test preparation.

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL
Custom Winterm

Go all in.

We’ll take care of school so you can focus on racing. Knower’s custom winterm is a flexible, customized, credit-bearing academic program, designed in partnership with the sending school and families. Our team of teachers support winterm for grades 4 through 12. Students attend Individualized Academic (IA) sessions, designed to mirror the scope and sequence of a specific class at the sending school. IA curriculum can be credit-bearing and is often aligned with Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The fully 1:1 learning environment provides intensive, meaningful education for athletes in a way that complements their training and competition schedule on snow. Our depth of experience creating quality, interactive Zoom sessions means your teachers come with you (virtually) to glaciers, training camps, qualifiers, and late season competition. Our program travels with you through the season until we transition you smoothly back to sea level, and “normal school” in the spring.

Program Details

Curriculum & Credit

Knower Academics has the administrative structure of a school, and our instructors are teachers and specialists well qualified to teach the material. We keep thorough documentation, and have a process for working with schools such that they can accept the work our students complete for credit. Though Knower is not a school in the traditional sense, work with Knower can be credit-bearing. We are adept at integrating our direct instruction with other accredited tools to achieve the end goals of maintaining a competitive high school transcript and complete college application picture. Most schools accept our systems for documentation and parallel work exchange. For those schools who do not wish to partner with us, Knower will identify an accredited online curriculum and provide support and direct instruction to make sure the learning experience is truly working for the student.

Knower Academics Winterm is designed to replace the student’s school for the duration of the competitive season. Our approach is 100% customized with a thorough onboarding process, during which each student’s learning plan is written and refined. Knower typically recommends two sessions per week per course, depending on the student’s ability to complete work independently. Families may enroll students with Knower for as many sessions or subjects as they wish, and your instructor will set up your class schedule based on your availability. In addition to providing the teaching, Knower instructional team coordinates curriculum and credit with your district or sending school. Some students may benefit from blended models that use their school’s virtual options in some capacity.

Courses we often teach at the 9th-12th grade level:

  • pre-algebra, algebra I & II, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus
  • US & world history
  • humanities
  • French & Spanish I & II

How is Winterm structured for grades 4 through 8?

Custom winterm for elementary and middle school students will focus less on credit or content and more on skills and mastery of Common Core standards.

How many classes with Knower will a student need each week?

In our experience, with a 1:1 teaching environment, most students require two sessions per subject, per week to stay up to speed with each class. This time frame requires students to complete homework diligently and with focused effort when they are not out on the mountain. Students who are confident in subject material, or adept at soliciting support from other sources, can sometimes mananage one or more of their classes with just one instructional Knower session per week. Conversely, students who struggle with a certain course, or who are taking an especially advanced class, may require 3 sessions per week to gain adequate mastery of material. Fortunately, we have a nimble system wherein we can adjust the focus of our instructional agreement; we frequently refine each student’s planned approach to instruction as the season progresses.

What about Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Coursework?

Knower often supports students with AP coursework and their IB equivalents. We are most familiar with AP calculus, statistics, literature and composition, history, and the standard sciences. Depending on the subject we might supplement the curriculum from the school with a specific AP curriculum to make sure we have our bases covered. Please note that Knower Academics is not authorized to proctor AP or IB exams.

What might my schedule look like?

Here is a sample weekly class schedule for a student taking math, history, science and Spanish with Knower 1:1 during the winter season. Knower instructors build the class schedule based on the student’s availability. 

 MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
9:00amMathTrainingMathScienceTraining
10:00amMathHistoryAdvisory
11:00amHomework
12:00pmLunch
1:00pmScienceTrainingTrainingTrainingTravel
4:00pmHomeworkHomework
5:00pmSpanishSAT/ACT Prep
6:00pmDinner
7:00pmHomework

Features & Costs

Includes

  • Custom learning plan for winterm
  • School outreach and curriculum
  • Credit-bearing curriculum, grade reports & transcript
  • Specialized consultation and custom class schedule
  • All classes taught via 1:1 Individualized Academic sessions with Knower teachers
  • Typical class length of 1 hour; minimum class length of 40 minutes
  • Integrated communication including session logbooks
  • Graded assessment and portfolio creation
  • Classes scheduled at times that align with training and competition
  • 100% portable instruction

Costs

  • Non-refundable $150 registration fee
  • $150 per session* – all communications, meetings, documentation, work exchange and school correspondence included.
    *Students have until 3pm the day before their scheduled session to request an adjustment to the session time to avoid charges.

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Individualized Academics
SCHOOL OUTREACH, CURRICULUM & CREDIT

Connecting with Sending Schools

CURRICULUM OPTIONS
for credit-bearing work with Knower Academics

  1. Parallel work exchange with the sending school
  2. Direct instruction for virtual school curriculum
  3. Knower Academics curriculum
  4. Direct instruction or general support for online accredited curriculum such as VLACS or BYU

Knower Academics offers a depth of experience in supporting students who want to stay up to speed in their coursework. For students who are away from school, our favorite method for credit bearing academic work is a parallel work exchange. We collect material from the school, focusing on major objectives and assessments, and then teach that material to students and grade the work. Alternatively, we can submit finished work to the sending school for grading. We can also support students with virtual school options. For students who learn best with a fully custom model, we draw upon our own curriculum. As part of our winterm services, Knower is happy to reach out to your student’s school to orchestrate curriculum and work exchange.

Our process for connecting with schools and establishing credit-bearing curriculum.

Knower Academics works in close alignment with our partner schools, and we appreciate all communication from sending school teachers and administrators who wish to keep abreast of student progress. Through our individualized academic services, Knower’s administrative team has worked with schools worldwide to establish credit bearing options and help create a smooth transition back to class. We understand that teachers are busy, and we aim to communicate efficiently and minimize burden on schools. Knower teachers can operate with minimal guidance from the school and still create throughout documentation to show progress.

The sequence for school outreach typically flows something like this:

  1. Register with Knower Academics.
  2. Share school contact information or introduce Knower Academics to the School.
  3. Call or meeting in which Knower explains our program and agrees upon curriculum with the school.
  4. School sends relevant materials or login information to access curriculum maps, scope and sequence or syllabi.
  5. Instruction with Knower begins; the school receives regular progress updates.
  6. Portfolio building and other documentation illustrate student learning as class continues.
  7. Call, meeting or email communications in which Knower lays groundwork for return to the classroom.
  8. Student returns to sending school, ideally at a point when teachers begin a new unit.

Academic Transition Planning

For snow sport athletes, winter flies by. Just as our students enter into the most rigorous part of their training and competition schedule, Knower Academics will already be thinking about how to best position students for a return to their sending school when the snow melts. Ideally, we like students to return to their school right at the beginning of a new unit. The process is nuanced and often involves close communication with family and teachers.

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Academic Support & Skill-Building
for ALL GRADE LEVELS, elementary through college

Study smarter; train harder.

Knower Academics offers a range of one-to-one offerings to support snow sport athletes. From test-prep to subject tutorials, our one-to-one sessions provide an added boost toward a successful, well-supported winter season. Academic support sessions are designed to help the student be more successful in school or build skills in a specialized area. Academic support is typically not credit-bearing, and the student remains enrolled in school and attending the majority of school classes. If you are interested in credit-bearing winterm with Knower that allows students to train full time on the mountain, please see “Custom Winterm” above.

Program Details

One-to-one academic support sessions with Knower are designed to augment the learning already happening in school. Whether students are attending school in person, enrolled in online curricula, or a hybrid of both, the addition of specialized instruction ensures that academics don’t get overlooked when the snow flies. Knower has a time-tested process that supports a firm commitment to instruction.

What students can do with a custom plan of 1:1 sessions:

Complete a class, for credit
Knower Academics can help you find the best curriculum for your transcript and timeline and provide the teaching and support you need to get it done.
Receive extra support in a challenging class
Our specialists aim to review course material in a way that fits each student’s learning style; whenever possible, we work together with school teachers and faculty to establish cohesive support and teamwork.
Sharpen your mental edge by adding rigor to your coursework
The one-to-one environment provides the perfect opportunity for students to push their learning to more advanced levels.
Build efficient study and organizational skills
From basic filing and time management to college-level productivity tools, our specialists help students organize their work and learn the art of efficient study.
Establish structure and coaching for executive functioning (EF)
Executive skills are a set of functions driven by the Executive Control Center of the brain. When these skills work in harmony, students accomplish meaningful goals with less stress.
Support for learning differences
Every mind is unique - that's why our team is dedicated to working with students one-to-one. Our job is to figure out how students learn, and give honest recommendations about the best path to meaningful, yes even inspiring, academics.
Study strategically for standardized tests, such as SAT & ACT entrance exams
How important are test results to your favorite colleges and recruiters? Our approach to test prep is right-sized, meaning we will adjust the rigor, frequency of study, and the amount of homework, based on how important these exam results are to you.
Align your academics with sports psychologists and other supports
Our Therademics™ team approach is critical to building sustainable wellness, joy, and prowess in a competitive world.

Scheduling

Amid rigorous training and competition, athletes often find it challenging to schedule enough time for academics. The best approach establishes priorities and structure, while remaining nimble. Here is Knower’s scheduling process, in brief:

  1. We create an instructional agreement for a specific number of sessions per week in a specific area of focus.
  2. Instructor and student commit to this agreement, though it may be revised if the need arises.
  3. The student and family establish the times when the student is available for sessions.
  4. Your Knower instructor schedules sessions within those windows of availability.
  5. Families have until 3pm the day before the session time to reschedule, if needed.

Your instructor will discuss this process, in greater detail, at your first session!

Features & Costs

Features

  • Customized area of focus
  • 1:1 instructional sessions
  • Typical session length of 1 hour; minimum session length of 40 minutes
  • Integrated communications including session logbooks
  • Instructional agreement for a specific number of weekly sessions
  • Sessions scheduled during times listed as available by the student/family
  • School outreach and curriculum
  • 100% portable instruction

Costs

  • Non-refundable $150 registration fee
  • $110 per session* – email and session summary communication included.
    *Students have until 3pm the day before their scheduled session to request an adjustment to the session time to avoid charges.

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