WELCOME TO our
Alternative education FAMILY!
We take great pride in providing alternative education services for families and educators! We know you'll love it!
HI! I'M Lauren!
I can't wait to meet you! Let me tell you a little about myself.
I have a Bachelors degree in Child Development, hold a valid Multiple Subject CA Teaching Credential, and my Masters in Education. I taught at the elementary level for eight years in first, third, and fourth grade. When I'm not trying to help enrich the lives of others, my dogs and I enjoy visits to the dog park, going on walks, and snuggling on the couch.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a teacher! What many people don’t know however, is that I have always wanted to own my own business. When the pandemic hit, I did what many of us did, reflect on what is truly important in life and if I was genuinely happy with where I was at that point in time. The truth was I wasn’t, and so the soul searching began. In May of 2021, I decided to take a leap of faith and trust God’s plan and resigned from my full time teaching position of eight years. In the months that followed I was on what I call my “discovery phase”. I was researching and learning about what it was I could create and still do what I loved most, work with children and helping others. This is what eventually led me to discovering the wonderful world of alternative education. I immediately realized that there is this need right now for us as adults to advocate for children and the educational experience they deserve to receive. I founded ElevateU on the premise that I want to help children, families, and educators elevate to their highest potential. We are able to do this through empowering families and educators to “unschool” their minds and own perceptions of what a great education really is and then teaching them how to create a warm, inviting, safe, and empowering environment for children to thrive.
We provide enrichment opportunities taught by a credentialed teacher and academic coaching for both parents and credentialed educators!
Our enrichment program helps your child to make friends, get socialized, and further their skills in language arts, writing, STEAM and social-emotional development. Each enrichment program cohort consists of a teacher holding a valid CA teaching credential.
We can’t wait for your child to join our enrichment program!
Enrichment Program Rates & Schedule:
Summer Enrichment 2022: NOW ENROLLING!
Fall Enrichment 2022: NOW ENROLLING!
Spring Enrichment 2023: NOW ENROLLING!
Parent & Teacher Workshops
Our parent and teacher workshops were created to help further develop your teaching and behavior management skills to help ensure a positive homeschool experience for you and your child!
Choose what works best for you:
Check out our sample schedule below on what a day in our enrichment program looks like from start to finish!
9:15-9:30am – Welcome, Free Time
We are so excited for everyone to arrive! During this time students come in, put their things away and have free time to play, ask for help on assignments, and catch up on any unfinished work they may have.
9:30-10:00 – Morning Meeting
During this time students will come together for a morning meeting with their teacher where we will discuss what to expect for the day, check in with students, and participate in different team building activities to build community amongst out class.
10:00-12:00 – Academic Learning Time
During this time students will be working on core subjects such as language arts, writing, math or STEAM activities. They will be pulled in small groups and receive instruction that meets each child's individual needs. Children will rotate between different teacher led and independent activities throughout this time and are allowed to take brain breaks as needed. Small groups are fluid and constantly changing to meet the needs of every child. This allows for each student to receive a more individualized education.
15 min. – Recess/Snack Time
Throughout our Academic Learning Time, children will be allowed to have breaks at their discretion! However, we will make sure to have a designated snack time during the day. Our playground area is still developing! We have a large grassy area covered with two beautiful trees that provide shady areas for children to play or lounge under. Our location allows us to go on nature walks, and even do some of our learning outside on days that weather permits!
12:00-12:30– Closing Circle
At the end of the day, we will wrap up and come back together as a class. Here we will review students highs and lows from the day. I like to have students reflect back on areas they felt strong in and areas they believe they have room to grow.
OUR Enrichment Program provides a fun, engaging, and positive learning environment for children!
Every day is an adventure! From our engaging and bright classrooms to our exciting hands-on activities, your child will develop a love for life-long learning!
At ElevateU, we follow a “whole child” philosophy where we partner with you to improve your child’s Social, Emotional, Cognitive, Language, and Physical skills. Your child will learn to socialize, make friends, develop social and emotional skills, and further their academic knowledge!
We provide lessons that feature a balance of teacher-directed and independent activities that meet the needs of each child.
We also incorporate Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Program to further develop each child's literacy skills. This includes a one on one oral assessment that allows for us to determine our students' instructional and independent reading levels. This information then helps guide our instruction to best meet each child's independent academic needs.
We aim to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners by actively exploring their environment.
In fact, one of the best ways we can teach is to ask THEM questions. "What are you creating?" "How does it work?" "Tell me more about what you are working on." etc.
We routinely assess our students to discover what areas they're strong in, and what areas still need more work. This also allows us to provide a more individualized education and place them within small groups of students to receive direct instruction at their level.
We keep you in the loop on what we're working on, and we also let you know exactly how your child is doing.
Progress... Not Product!
One of my favorite things about alternative education is we focus on the progress each child makes, and go at your child's individual pace when it comes to learning. If they already have a skill mastered, why waste time and make them continue to work on it?
Children enjoy learning when they are challenged! Our small class sizes allow us to keep children highly engaged and motivated because lessons are able to be tailored to the individual child.
Every few weeks, we dive deep into a new, exciting theme based on our upcoming field trips, the weather, holidays, or whatever the children are dying to learn more about.
We would love to have you review us on Facebook and Google. These reviews are a testament to the phenomenal community we all work so hard to build at ElevateU. Thank you for your support!
Check out what parents say about their past experience with our owner, Lauren!
"Lauren was an incredible teacher. My daughter still talks about her and loves when their pictures pop up in our memories. Lauren is patient, but structured. She has a heart that is so capable of loving children like her own. Thank you so much for loving our child so well. "
"Miss Lauren, I don’t think I can say enough good things about you! We appreciate you being so patient with our little guy! You really helped him develop not only a love for water but a level of confidence in the pool that we are so thankful for. You were always on time, showed interest in our son, and were able to get the results we were looking for."
"Lauren was a patient and dedicated swim teacher. My toddler greatly resisted learning the first couple of days, but Lauren stayed in the water with him the entire length of the lesson and just kept going. After a couple of days, he quit resisting so much and Lauren taught him how to swim. She was positive and encouraging to my son and myself, when I was ready to give up until the next summer. By the end of two weeks he was swimming and really enjoying the time with her. The following summer Lauren returned and helped improve my sons skills and also comfort in the water. As always, she was patient, kind, and understanding when he had a rough day. She kept a positive attitude and continually changed up the lessons to ensure that my son did not get bored! My husband and I cannot thank Lauren enough for teaching our son such an important life skill. We are forever grateful!"
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When you're at ElevateU, you're family! We're conveniently located in the Bakersfield/Shafter Area. You'll love our warm, bright & inviting classroom and your child will love our 1-on-1 attention with our small class sizes of just 10 students!
We are strictly an enrichment program (not a daycare) for children ages 5-11 (Grades K-5). We offer MORE THAN just academic lessons... Not only do we help your child socialize, we also offer extracurricular options such as field trips & events for your entire family so we can experience the magic of learning... TOGETHER.
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Due to high demand, our classes fill up ridiculously fast. Please call as soon as you even think about enrolling so we can see if we can start our interview and registration process!
During the interview process, we'll tell you all about us, but we also want to hear about you! The beauty of alternative education is that parents have the power to find the right fit for their child and family! If we are the right fit for you, we will ask "Would you like your child to come to ElevateU's enrichment program?" If so, that's when we'll have you fill out the registration form and we'll collect the registration fee.
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561 North American Street, Shafter CA 93263