The IndED Philosophy
IndED is a “MicroSchool” enterprise, founded in 2016 serving homeschool families through personalized, project-based, inquiry-driven, community-centered learning experiences, led by dedicated and passionate Mentors. We offer counseling to parents in getting the most out of their homeschooling experience, engaging classes with opportunities to experiment, discuss, and create. IndED classes, which can be taken a la carte, or part of our complete program, include:
- Scientific Inquiry, Civics and Community, Writing and Language Arts
- Math Connections, Project Management, The Arts in Town
- Book Club, Chess Club, Cooking, Gardening, and Yoga
Independent education holds the key to connected communities, and life-long learning for families based on relationships, community, and liberty.
THE INDED ADVANTAGE
Our Microschool program offers:
- A strong, "great-ideas" educational foundation enhanced by project-based learning and personalized learning plans
- Real-world community service and learning experiences
- Mentor-driven engaged learning environment
- Small class sizes; multi-age classrooms
- Flexible tuition
In addition, we offer additional enrichment programs and activities:
- Microschool Core and Specialty courses for homeschoolers
- Afterschool programs for all
- Summer camps
- An annual conference for Independent Education
At our hub in Downtown Leesburg, we offer comprehensive programs in Science, the Arts, and Civics, which can be taken a la carte or as part of our complete “microschool” education.
Butch is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Loudoun, former President of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association, held a four-year term on the Town of Leesburg Economic Development Commission, and is a long-time active member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife and two children.
Butch is the Managing Member and one of the founders of IndED. Butch mentors our Civics and Community Program and offers support to many other programs at the Hub.
Helena has served as an adjunct lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, as academic dean for a career school and held the position of Executive Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation which she took through the visioning and goal setting process. In the capacity of Vice President of Academic Affairs, she worked for regional accreditation and degree-conferring status for what is now Stratford University. Helena represented the Sterling District on the Loudoun County Planning Commission for three terms and has been involved in many initiatives in her community, earning her several awards. She and her husband have raised five children in Sterling, VA and spend their time between Loudoun and Richmond, VA.
Helena mentors our “Thinking Like a Scientist” Program , as well as acts as our Mentor for our "full-curricular" students.
Kim is the Mentor for our Writing and Language Arts Program, and the creator of "Creative Reading Adventures" a program for "cultivating a life-long passion for reading."
Our Community Partners
IndED takes a lot of pride in connecting with our community and making sure that as many of our community leaders, innovators, and professionals are involved in our programs. The following are organizations we're working with to bring added value to our community in terms of the Arts, Civic Engagement, STEM education, and more.