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.
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.
Tuition is $180 USD per month.
Your tuition payments begin on the first day of class and continues monthly at $180 USD until, or unless, you cancel.
Demand has been very high at Synthesis since we got started in the fall of 2020. We are currently on a reservation system. When you reserve a spot with your deposit of $180 USD, you are securing a seat and your opportunity to enroll in upcoming cohorts, which are opened every month. Your deposit is refundable if, for any reason, you choose not to proceed and will be refunded in any event when you enroll your child in a cohort. You can make a reservation for a child of any age up to 14, and they can enroll beginning at age 6.
We offer weekly student free play sessions for enrolled students who have to miss a class, or who just need more Synthesis in their lives! We also have seasonal tournaments and other competitions throughout the year. In the summer of 2021, we hosted our Summer Sessions, which is a week's worth of specialized instruction on topics of interest to our students. Don't forget about our Parent Orientation Play Sessions, where parents can experience Synthesis for themselves! Synthesis works hard to foster a sense of community through our parent Facebook page, through our private Discord channel, and other facilitated groups.
Yes! We offer a sibling discount - each child beyond the first child receives a 20% discount.
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.
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.
Absolutely. This comes up most often when a student's schedule changes. We can switch your child to a cohort meeting at a more convenient time and will do our best to find one that matches a similar place in the curriculum.
Yes! We have students enrolled in multiple cohorts. Each cohort is $180 monthly.
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.
We are now offering Synthesis Juniors for exceptional 6 and 7 year olds. Class sizes are smaller and are geared to the younger crowd, although they experience the same simulations as older students. Acceptance is limited to students who can demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking and problem solving skills for their age group.
Yes! We have multiple simulations and will continually develop new simulations. Each is designed to foster innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just let us know if you need/want to cancel. Simple as that. No advance notice, no strings attached.
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.
Not at all! The most important thing that a child needs to posses is the willingness to learn and evolve. Apart from that basic commands in Zoom and the ability to switch between tabs will be sufficient. We have a sort instructional video on those mattes that we share with parents if they request it!
We are encouraging parents to leave their kids alone during the sessions. That way they can feel more independent and focus purely on the problems that they need to solve. If you want to experience Synthesis and see the sessions through your child's eyes you are welcome to join one of our Parent Oriented Play Sessions.
Our teachers provide a general update after each session and a detailed personal email at least once a month.
We have a lot of plans for the future. We want to give students more freedom when it comes to scheduling and challenge levels. We are working hard on making that happen.
Discord is an online communication platform. We have our own channel there that is being monitored 24/7. It is a safe environment where students can communicate, discuss or share knowledge between sessions.
We are constantly developing new simulations and improving the existing ones. We might do such a simulation. The downside will be the extra equipment and cost for the students. Something that we want to avoid.
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