From Baker Early College to the Netherlands

From Baker Early College to the Netherlands

From Baker Early College to the Netherlands

Jessica Wolfe, Graduated Baker Early College Student


Baker Early College was an essential step into my current path of life. Having the freedom to study at the local community college gave me the ability to pursue what was interesting and life-giving to me personally. It was also a better exercise in adulthood; without the typical schedule of "all-day every-day" of high school. No such thing as bathroom passes.

I was also able to work and do an internship alongside my studies. Further, COCC was a fantastic campus with enthusiastic teachers which really sparked my love for learning. I was also able to do research and science classes which I wouldn¹t be able to pursue at my high school, and also received excellent, free tutoring in math. It was while at COCC that I first began to think that I was actually, naturally, intelligent. Not that I had ever thought I was particularly dumb, but because my local high school just wasn¹t the learning environment I flourished in.

These days, as I study at an academie of Fine Art and Design in the Netherlands, I use my experience with Baker Early College every day. Baker College was essential in my developing an independent and self-motivated learning style. In this way, I¹m able to advocate for myself and be very proactive in my studies as an artist and as a young adult living abroad.

Overall, I'm SO happy with my experience at Baker. I appreciate it very much.

Best wishes,

Jessica Wolfe

Easier Than You Think: Choosing Baker Charter Schools

Easier Than You Think: Choosing Baker Charter Schools

Easier Than You Think:  Choosing Baker Charter Schools

by Ellery Garrison, Elementary Teacher and Parent, Baker Web Academy


School at home does not have to be a mystery. "How does she do it?" "I could never do school at home with MY kids." "Where would I even start?" These are questions I hear all the time from friends, parents, and grandparents. My answer is simple, "If you have the desire to homeschool your child, and YOU believe it is the best environment for his/her learning, then Baker Charter School will give you all the tools you need." Seriously, it is THAT easy. 

 Many families choose from the wide selection of textbook options for their kindergarten through middle school children...just like Ellery did for her own children!

Many families choose from the wide selection of textbook options for their kindergarten through middle school children...just like Ellery did for her own children!

Were you ever immediately good at something you never practiced? Probably not, (though some of you might have answered yes and if so then good for you)! Now, back to reality for the rest of us. Practicing with the right tools will help you to improve and become successful at anything in life. Teaching your child at home is by no means easy, but it can be so rewarding. 

Take it from this homeschool momma turned Baker teacher. There are SO many ways to homeschool….and I tried them all. I jumped from charter to charter, to just doing it on my own--and yes, I am a licensed teacher and was often still just off-point...until I joined Baker Charter School. 

I found that Baker had one crucial item that many other charter schools were lacking: a parental voice. They actually listened and designed a school that takes what you WANT and simply puts the tools in your hands. The belief that the parent is the ideal teacher for a child and that Baker just supplies you with the tools was a refreshing change! 

My major complaint over other charters was that my child would join, he would be put in a pre-made box, and then the light would change green and we were just supposed to go. Go where? Downhill? 

So how exactly does Baker Charter School Work? What would our part look like? Let me guide you.
— Ellery Garrison

So how exactly does Baker Charter School Work? What would our part look like? Let me guide you. Step One: Hooray, you enrolled online (bites fingernails). Now what? Step Two: At your initial home visit, you meet your Advisory Teacher (or AT). Yeah, he/she is so kind and helpful! Sweet, I get a free laptop to use. Wow, our curriculum is so cool! You get a specialized progress monitoring sheet (PM sheet) laying out all your child’s curriculum for the year. Great, THE plan is in place. Step Three: You see your AT twice a month (either at home, video chat, or a public location). Step Four: You do TWO attendance checks-in each week. We want to know you are on task and working, after all. Step Five: Your AT is there to help your child. Need help with an assignment, want a new program, need some tips and tricks? She is there to help with it all. Step Six: Student completes work, teachers give feedback and grades assignments, tests are turned in, and, in the blink of an eye, a successful year of school is finished! 

So, if you feel Baker Charter School might be a good fit for you, maybe you should take a look at the curriculum site, or the enrollment page and get the ball rolling!