MOSAIC K-8 Home Education Program’s Vision
The vision of the Mosaic Home Education Partnership is to foster a community that engages in family-centered education.
MOSAIC K-8 Home Education Program’s Mission Statement
Our mission is to support the goals of parents and students who choose to pursue their education outside the traditional classroom.
As reflected in our program, parents and staff actively support the above-stated mission by promoting the following beliefs. We believe in the educational benefits of:
◦ small enrichment class sizes (optional)
◦ consistent one-on-one instructional time
◦ strong family-directed involvement in a child's education
◦ connections within a community of family-centered learners
◦ nurturing independence and confidence in children
Frequently Asked Questions
About MOSAIC K-8 Home Education Partnership
Is MOSAIC K-8 a part of the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD)?
Yes, MOSAIC K-8 is a specific education model of BISD, housed at Commodore Options. MOSAIC’s teaching staff are certificated and are considered a General Education Teacher or Specialist Teacher. MOSAIC K-8 adheres to BISD’s calendar and all guidelines.
When enrolled in MOSAIC, is my child still enrolled in the Bainbridge Island School District?
Yes, your child is enrolled in the Bainbridge Island School District and generates monies for the District, just as they would if enrolled in a neighborhood school.
Does MOSAIC provide materials and curriculum for students?
Yes, MOSAIC does provide curriculum and materials that support the academic goals on the student’s Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP). Academic Advisors recommend BISD-supported materials to be used. In addition, there is a wealth of supplemental materials available in the Resource Center. Families will also have access to BISD online resources.
What does Alternative Learning Experience mean for me as a parent?
Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) is a designation by the state of Washington describing “public education where all or some of the instruction is delivered outside the regular classroom.”
When parents choose this option, they:
are forming a partnership with BISD
are assuming the role of primary instructor of the child’s home learning
are able to choose curriculum/materials to support learning
are agreeing to work with an Academic Advisor to develop a Written Student Learning Plan (academic goals) in early September and to meet monthly for academic review and preview. For the start of the 2020-2021 school year and until further notice, all parent and Academic Advisor meetings will be conducted via Zoom.
Are there different enrollment options available?
There are two enrollment options:
ALE enrollment which is explained in the answers to questions 4 and 6.
BEL enrollment is reserved ONLY for Bainbridge Island families who have demonstrated a history of successful home learning. Parents are autonomous and are solely responsible for their child’s home learning. BEL students participate in all classes, workshops, field trips, and assessments.
Are there additional services available to my student enrolled in MOSAIC?
Yes, students may receive:
Special Education Services: academic, speech, OT, PT through evaluation and IEP process
Title 1 for reading
Free and Reduced Lunch
Do MOSAIC students take standardized assessments?
Yes, MOSAIC students have the opportunity to take all district and state assessments:
WAKIDS for Kindergarten
Highly Capable assessment
Smarter Balanced SBA
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) grades 5 & 8
How do parents communicate with Staff and with other parents?
All parents are highly encouraged to sign up in Skyward to be informed about district and school information. Additionally, MOSAIC has an informal Google Group that is used by parents and staff to communicate information regarding MOSAIC. Enrollment in this Google Group occurs in September.
Each Fall, many “experienced MOSAIC parents” extend invitations to new parents to chat---there will be a sign-up for this to happen. Staff members may be reached through their email addresses.
How can a parent get involved in MOSAIC?
MOSAIC has a Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). More information on the PTO can be found here
How is attendance tracked?
Weekly participation in enrichment classes or a weekly advisor meeting with your teacher satisfies “attendance”. ALE (Alternative Learning Experience) laws require weekly contact and communication with a certified teacher and a monthly progress review of academic learning targets. Mosaic is designed to support families who choose to be their child’s primary educator and to provide feedback, resources, and evaluation of progress.
Mosaic was designed to provide educational services to homeschooling students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Originally known as the Homeschool Support Program; the program was created in 1991 through the efforts of homeschooling parents, teachers, and administrators who recognized the need to expand the educational community that the Bainbridge Island School District served, and to make public resources available to support the educational goals of families who have chosen to teach their children outside the regular classroom. In 1995, the program added a full-time parent partnership option under Washington State Alternative Learning Laws.
To portray the evolution from a homeschool-based program to a Parent Partnership Program, the name was changed in 2010 from the Homeschool Support Program to the Mosaic Home Education Partnership. Mosaic is a partnership between families and staff. The staff provides enrichment classes taught by certified teachers. Academic advisors work closely with parents to develop academic goals and assessments, advise on curriculum choices, and offer teaching strategies.
Parents are directly responsible for providing instruction in all academic areas during their daily home instruction time.