Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a full-time school?
No. Synthesis is a weekly enrichment program for students who want to learn how to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. It is extracurricular and students attend weekly one-hour sessions.
What are kids learning?
Our students are introduced to an array of intellectual concepts (e.g. network effect, contingent value) that arise throughout our simulations. Additionally, they practice critical thinking and improve their ability to collaborate with a diverse collection of peers.
How much is it?
Subscriptions are $180 per month.
How does the subscription work?
A subscription begins on the first day of class, and continues monthly at $180 until, or unless, you cancel.
What if my child doesn't like it? Can I get a refund?
Synthesis isn't for everyone. That's why we offer a full refund up to the beginning of the third session. No hassle, no questions asked.
Does my child have to record a video? Why?
We use the video to demonstrate the student's willingness and thought process, and also ability to communicate. If your student is shy and wants to cover the camera during the application process, they may. (This is not recommended during class, however.)
What kind of equipment does my student need?
While some of our simulations can be navigated on tablets, it comes at a high cost in terms of the quality of experience both for the child using the tablet, and the other students in the cohort. As a result, use of a laptop or desktop computer with the Chrome browser is required.
Does my kid have to be a math genius?
No. Synthesis is not about math, or any standard subject that is taught by a traditional school. It's about helping students to experience, think, and make decisions. Every student we accept, regardless of how they are measured in other settings, can excel at Synthesis.
Who are the facilitators? How are they screened?
All of our facilitators are selected through a competitive application process. Their backgrounds vary, from experienced educators to engineers to animators. Each brings a passion for reforming the current education model and helping children become world-class problem solvers.
Can my student be enrolled in more than one cohort at a time?
Yes! We have students enrolled in multiple cohorts. Each cohort is $180 monthly.
What do you have for kids younger than 8?
We are currently in development on a project that will include 6 and 7 year olds. We will update the Synthesis Community via email once our plans are fully developed.
What about kids older than 14?
We want to bring the Synthesis experience to students of all ages! We are thinking about how to best design a program that serves the needs of our older students. More to come.
Are there other simulations after Constellation?
Yes! We have multiple simulations and will continually develop new simulations. Each is designed to foster innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
Can my child stay with the same group of students & have the same facilitator going forward?
Yes! The cohorts are designed to be a cohesive group where students make friends and develop relationships with other students and their facilitator. They will continue with the same cohort unless you switch them to another.
Will you be offering classes in different languages?
We hope to offer cohorts taught in various languages soon. For now, all of our classes are taught in English, though a number of our facilitators are bilingual in an array of languages. If the situation arises, they are more than happy to help a student in their native language.
Can a group of students join together?
Yes. The caveat is that they would need to be in the same age grouping. We group the students from ages 8 to 10, and from 11 to 14.
How do I cancel my subscription?
Just let us know if you need/want to cancel. Simple as that. No advance notice, no strings attached.
What is the Synthesis holiday schedule?
What is your holiday policy? Synthesis does not facilitate cohorts on U.S. legal public holidays as established by U.S. Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103). Though other institutions, including the U.S. Federal government, may have different observed dates for select holidays, Synthesis will exclusively follow the schedule here https://www.notion.so/joinsynthesis/Synthesis-Holiday-Schedule-03c33f470708448db4636e319325b6e7
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