Encompass Community For Independent Learning

Curious? …We AreToo!


[See required forms at the bottom of this page]

Our Mission:

The Encompass Community is a partially grant-funded initiative of the Center for Education Innovation and a partnership w/ Friends Academy. Our goal is to provide experiential offerings and FREE/affordable resources to support homeschool families and life-long learners of all ages. We aim to build a hub of information centered upon curiosity, generated by and for Independent Learners.


2018/19 Offerings


Outdoor adventure, wilderness survival skills, seasonal projects and exploration on 65 acres! Drop off for ages 6-14

Schedule: Mondays (9:45-10:45am and/or 10:45am-11:45pm, double class available) and/or Wednesdays (3:30-4:30pm) on the FA calendar.

Cost: $135 for 10 class card (expires 6 weeks from purchase)

Drop In Rate: $18 (Please schedule by the night before)
Rolling admissions


Seasonal exploration, collaborative projects and woodland FUN on our 65 acres! For ages 3-6, younger siblings are always welcome.

Schedule: Mondays (9:45-10:45am) and/or Thursdays (9:45-10:45am) on the FA calendar.

Cost: $150 for 12 weeks (+ 2 make-up days), Drop-in $18

Current session runs through 12/20, Spring session begins 2/28


Drama for kids and their Mamas (and other loved ones too)! Music, movement and improvisational PLAY to deepen the connection to self, while we practice mindful communication with others. This is a brand new class geared to 4-10 year olds.

Schedule: Wednesdays (9:15-10am) on the FA and Short Course calendar

Cost: $90 for 6 week session

Next session begins 10/31


Late Fall session runs on 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5 and 12/12 (Expedition of Projects)

Winter session runs on: 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6 (Expedition of Projects)

Early Spring session runs on: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/27, 4/3 (Expedition of Projects)

Late Spring session runs on: 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 (Expedition of Projects)


Worldly fun and exploration of Latin American Culture, through immersive conversation for beginners. Hands-on appreciation of traditional music, dance, cooking, etc. Drop off class for ages 6-14, parents are welcome to wait.

Schedule: Wednesdays (3:30-4:30pm and/or 4:30-5:30pm) on the FA calendar

Cost: $10 per class, 6 week session


Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Currently offering Architecture: Design and build Auto-Cad style with our Tinker-Cad and Shake Up programs. Hands-on, tactile construction in our Maker-Space, enhanced with the use of our state of the art materials including Mac-Book Air Laptops, etc. Drop off class for ages 6-14, parents are welcome to wait.

Schedule: Wednesdays (3:30-4:30pm and/or 4:30-5:30pm, double class available).

Cost: $10 per class, 6 week session on the FA Calendar

BONUS CLASSES (Donation-based):


Unstructured social time, exercise and inspiration in nature for families of 4-10 year olds! Sometimes this turns into tea time and tag and that is ok too!

Schedule: Wednesdays (10:15-11:15 am)

Immediately following Family Arts, so priority will be given to families enrolled

Cost: Donation-based


Music, Art, Yoga, PE and Spanish for “homeschool-curious” families of 3-6 year olds! Younger Siblings always welcome. This class is currently FULL until Winter, please contact for waitlist

Schedule: Thursdays (9:00-9:45am).

Cost: Donation-based


Stem, Agriculture, Citizenship and healthy living! Let’s learn about plants, animals and the amazing world around us! A brand new offering for 4-10 year olds! This class is currently FULL until Spring, please contact for waitlist

Schedule: Thursdays (10:45-11:30am)

Cost: Nominal fee to cover room rental and membership dues



9/12 (6-8pm): “Creativity Knocks, Meditating on Opportunities and Obstacles…” for adults and a Zine-Making Workshop for ages 4+

10/10 (6-8pm): Family Class w/ Tara Murphy and Cape Cod African Drum and Dance (FULL)

10/24 (3:30-5:30pm) Early Fall Expedition of Projects

11/28 (6-8pm): Peter Gray and The Alliance For Self Directed Education

12/12 (6-8pm): “Dear Younger Me,” an Elder Wisdom Circle

12/12 Late Fall Expedition Expedition of Projects

1/9 (6-8pm): Family Yoga Black Light Party

2/6 (3:30-5:30pm) Winter Expedition of Projects

2/13 (6-8pm): MEFA Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority Workshop

4/3 Early Spring Expedition of Projects

TBD Spring Open Nature Day

TBD April Event: Nature Ed: Movie Showing: Andy Goldsworthy Rivers and Tides

TBD May Event: Nature Ed: Art and Nature Hike

5/15 (3:30-5:30) Late Spring Expedition of Projects

Required Forms:

Health Questionnaire
Pick Up Authorization Form
Prescription Medicine Release Form
Over The Counter Consent Form

Why Here? Why Now?

The Encompass Community at FA is housed under the existing Center For Education Innovation. With its overlap of progressive ideals and philosophical values, our program serves as a bridge between the Homeschool Community and the community at large on the South Coast….

FA and Homeschool families believe in alternative avenues of education:

FA is an accredited member of both The National Association of Independent Schools and the The Association of Independent Schools of New England. We are also endorsed by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.

FA and Homeschool families embrace Multiple Intelligences:

They value individual attention, self direction and project based modalities of learning. We learn through play in the Arts and Sciences.

FA and Homeschool families are civic-minded:

Both make time for service-learning and feel that giving back to society not only serves others, but also builds character and self esteem.

FA and Homeschool families respect diversity:

Both groups are inspired by personal experience, appreciate cultures outside their own and know that every person has a unique story to tell.

FA and Homeschool families are Nature-minded:

Both believe in working to sustain the planet through conservation efforts, are nurtured through earthly pursuits and seek experiences that link the inner and outer worlds.