At eNDVR, we believe that each student deserves an education that works for them. For some, that means attending eNDVR’s homeschool classes once or twice a week. For others, that means attending public school 4 days a week and eNDVR 1 day a week. And, for others, it means spending every day at eNDVR and immersing themselves in our unique quarterly themes. eNDVR is not a school in the traditional sense. It is a resource center for families who want to take charge of their student’s education. Our doors are open from 9:30-3:30, Monday-Friday, for students aged 5 through 18. Students of ALL ABILITIES are embraced as part of the eNDVR community.
Our Lending Library
Any homeschool family can check out books or curriculum from our lending library, Monday through Friday from 9:30-3:30. Homeschooling materials are expensive – don’t waste your money on new curriculum before you try it out! If you have finished with curriculum and do not plan to sell it, we would appreciate your donation!
Our Quarter System
eNDVR’s school year is broken up into four themed 8 week sessions: Survive, Express, Innovate, Connect. Along with regular classes that are offered year round, our themed sessions give students the opportunity to explore their world in a way that makes sense to them.
Our first 8 week session focuses on survival skills. Early in September, students (14+ or with adult) may choose to attend Rabbitstick, a primitive skills gathering in Rexburg, Idaho. They may enjoy learning primitive skills once a week, attend rock climbing classes or learn how to cook over an open fire. In technology classes, students focus on the building blocks of technology in order to gain an understanding of how their world works. Students can work in our community garden or attend a bike building workshop at Freecycles.
The second 8 week session is all about self expression. Writing, art, and music classes help to showcase some student talents and help other students to develop their expressive abilities. This is the session where we start filming our movie, a 15 minute film about a story of the students’ choosing (the theme has been zombies for the past two years). Students (ages 10+) can play a part in the movie, work on the film crew, design costumes and makeup or work on the screenplay.
Our 3rd session focuses on technology. Many of our students shine when they are asked to perform tasks on computers and this session allows them to expand these abilities. Other students are new to technology and benefit from an introduction to these topics. Students develop video games, work on our Minecraft server, film stop motion and short movies. They might choose to learn about basic robotics or electrical engineering. During this session, students edit our movie (from the express session) and work on the sound and music.
Our last session of the year is all about making connections in our local community. Students may learn about government, become community activists or perform community service work. Teens may volunteer at the Special Olympics Spring Games and younger students might choose to make signs and cheer for participants. Montana history is studied in an immersive way, along with survival skills. Students plan and plant our community garden and create crafts to sell at the farmers market. It is our hope that students in this term develop a grounded understanding of their place in our community.
Everyone in the homeschool community is invited to attend eNDVR’s Friday field trips! Each Friday, we head out on an adventure that teaches students something about our quarterly theme. We may attend a play, picnic at the bison range or take a tour of Grant-Kohrs ranch. Students can be dropped off for the day or families can attend together.
During the summer, eNDVR offers 1/2 day and full day summer camps. Camps are put on by local experts and vary by year. Technology camps include robotics and engineering, minecraft, video game development, movie making and more. Outdoors camps include survival skills, Montana Mysteries and bug camp. eNDVR also partners with local organizations to create unique experiences for campers in the Missoula community. Stay tuned to our website for information on this year’s summer camps.
From rock climbing to snowshoeing to hiking, students can choose from a variety of outdoor activities and classes at eNDVR. eNDVR students also enjoy weekly homeschool classes at Missoula Taekwondo Center and Bitterroot gymnastics. We have partnered with local experts to offer specialty classes throughout the year, including skiing, dance and hula hooping.
eNDVR students have the opportunity to attend music classes offered by local experts. We are currently partnering with the Child Bloom guitar program and Grow Music Missoula. During our Innovate session, students have the opportunity to create electronic music and score our movie project.
eNDVR’s mission is to provide experiential learning opportunities to all Missoula area homeschoolers, regardless of ability to pay. Our classes are affordable when compared to local private schools and other extra curricular activities. For dedicated families, eNDVR offers a co-op model. Parents and students (age 13+) can perform work hours for eNDVR that offset (and possibly eliminate) the cost of classes. Co-op members are asked to pay a low monthly fee and must fulfill a minimum participate requirement. Our goal is to help families provide the best possible homeschooling experience for each student, so please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about scholarships and alternative payment arrangements.