Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Omnis School?

Omnis School is the school of the future! We’re bringing together world class subject matter experts to create vetted, curated learning experiences for people of all ages that can be accessed anywhere, any time. Incorporating the best practices of remote work with online learning, we’ve created a platform where learners can connect with each other and our teachers to create world class educational experiences outside the four walls of a classroom.

Are you a registered school?

Omnis Education is an international education company registered in the USA. We are not registered as a school in any individual country.

Is Omnis Education Accredited?

Omnis Education is proudly unaccredited. We aren’t trying to “fix school” or play by the old set of rules. We’re reimagining education completely independent of the old paradigms. We believe the future of learning lies beyond the current gatekeepers and we’re equipping learners to navigate the world as it may become in the real world, right now.

If you’re worried about translating what you learn at Omnis Education into something the educational establishment will understand, don’t worry, we can help with that!

How does this compare to public / state school?

Public school attempts to provide a one size fits all education that is a minimum standard for adult participation in the community…The basics. This is accomplished through location dependent, in person instruction. Curriculum is limited to what has been selected by a curriculum board at the district, state, or federal level. Students have extremely limited choice in what they learn, when, or how they learn it. 

Beyond School does not compare to this at all.

Beyond School allows students to chart their own path completely. Students (and their parents, if they are children) decide what they will learn and how they will learn it. Beyond School provides an expert in self-directed learning to help and support the students and parents where necessary.

Students can learn any time, anywhere. Through drop in sessions, students connect with their expert teachers in ways and at times that are convenient for them. There is no limit to what a student can learn and individual interests are encouraged and supported. 

For students who want to mirror public schools, frameworks around “what to learn” and “how much is enough” are provided, but it is possible to chart a completely independent learning path that looks very different from public school.

How is this different from my school's online learning?

Omnis School does not require your student to be online during any specific hours of the day for instruction. We replace long hours of tiresome “classroom style” instruction with optional drop-in sessions that students can attend only when they want or need the support of an expert.

One size fits all, non-optional assignments that may or may not be meaningful to a student are replaced with a selection of highly engaging, interest driven options from which a child can choose how to demonstrate what they are learning. Testing and grades are replaced by portfolio driven assessment. 

  • Timing is flexible (learn whenever it is convenient for you).
  • Activities and projects are fun, engaging, and choice oriented.
  • Self-reflection and evaluation are encouraged and supported.
  • Curriculum is robust, flexible, and interest driven.
  • Teachers are always subject matter experts and are available through drop in sessions.
  • Parents AND students are supported by our self-directed learning experts.
How is this different from Outschool?

Some of us have used Outschool for our own children and while there have been some hits, there have also been many misses!

Omnis School is different because:

  • Every one of our carefully vetted teachers is an expert in their own subject.
  • All of our learning materials can be accessed anywhere, any time, you’re never going to “miss a class”.
  • Our learning blocks are consistent in format and quality.
  • We offer ALL of our courses, every month, to everyone, for one low price.
  • We offer whole person, whole family learning and personal development opportunities.
Do you certify qualifications?

We do not offer certified qualifications for adults or children. We do offer certificates of completion for bodies of work. Please see our section on assessment for more information.

Can I use Omnis Education as a full solution for my kids' education?

Yes! Many families do.

Omnis School covers history, geography, anti-racism, science, world religions, art, music, spanish, physical and mental health, cooking & nutrition, and fun stuff too! We’ll help you get set up with the right fit for math and language arts, which are often specific to individual kids. 

We provide professional development for parents as you become the director of your child’s educational journey. And our self-directed learning expert can help guide your child in their education so that you don’t have to. We’ve got you covered.

Can I use Omnis School for enrichment?

Yes, of course!

We recognize that local schools are limited in what they can provide to students and not every child is getting everything they want or need.

Omnis School allows your child to flex their learning muscles and dig deep into areas of interest that they might not get at school (like computer hacking, forensics, chess, body percussion, or serious art).

Omnis School also provides diversity in voices, actively de-colonizing the curriculum. Some parents are concerned that their children aren’t receiving enough diverse viewpoints or exposure to a wide enough range of the important people in history.

It’s easy to use Omnis School to add those voices. Did you learn about Bessie Coleman, Faith Ringgold, Marie Tharp, or the Arab Golden Age in school? Use Omnis School for enrichment and your children will.

Is Omnis School grade leveled?

No. Omnis School is intentionally organized for multi-age learning. Every learning block contains content for learners of multiple ages and abilities.

We’ve designed Omnis School for family-style learning, so that all of your kids (and you!) can learn together, discuss together, create together, and grow together. We hope that you’ll make memories as well as academic progress!

What is the yearly schedule?

All of Omnis School’s materials, for children and adults, are available 365 days per year. We are adding learning blocks every single week, so you’ll never run out of things to learn!

There is no standardized yearly schedule with Omnis School because every family (and many countries) run on very different school schedules.

The good news is that no matter what your yearly schedule is, Omnis School will fit perfectly. Follow your local school calendar if you want, school year ‘round if you want, do Omnis School three or four days a week and spend a day or two each week learning offline; the choice is yours. 

Omnis School is here to support YOUR learning journey, not to insist that you follow ours!

What does an average day look like at Omnis School?

There’s not one answer to that and we highly recommend that you tailor the materials to suit your family’s individual needs! 

However, if you’re wondering what a day or week might look like if you’re using Omnis School as a full solution for your kids’ education, it might look like this:

Morning: 

  • A lesson of math
  • Some work on language arts
  • Some history or science

Afternoon:

  • Some geography or an elective
  • Some art or music

You don’t need to do everything every day…

An Omnis School learning block represents approximately a week’s worth of work on a particular topic.

Make some agreements as a family around how much you’d like to accomplish each week and which subjects you want to cover. Then follow your kids’ interests and passions within that.

  • If they like to do deep dives and spend whole days on one thing, foster that.
  • If they prefer to have a number of blocks on the go at once and switch between them, dabbling, that’s okay too.
  • Aim for balance over the long haul.
How do you assess what kids are learning?

Most learning blocks have an optional quiz associated with them. These quiz scores are curated on the Parent Dashboard so you can always see how your child is doing. The Parent Dashboard also lets you see which learning blocks your child is in progress on, or has completed.

We also provide a way to help you focus more on ‘output’ or outcome-based assessment – to focus on what your child participates in, collaborates with and produces versus arbitrary grades, scores or marks.

Do you have anything I can show my kid's school when they return to show what he/she has been learning?

If your child returns to school, we recommend downloading the portfolio of your child’s work samples as the best measure of what your child is capable of producing. You may also include a summary of the learning blocks they have completed and the quiz scores associated with them. 

Be sure to include any math or language arts scores or work samples that your child has completed outside of Omnis School too.

Self-Directed Learning

What is self-directed learning?

Self-directed learning is exactly what it sounds like: trusting an individual to make choices for their own education. We believe that learning is happening everywhere and always. We believe that humans are hardwired to learn and can be trusted to do so and properly encouraged.

We know that sounds scary to a lot of parents because we’ve been conditioned to believe that we can’t trust ourselves to direct our kids educations (don’t we need professionals for that?) and we’ve been conditioned to believe that the kids themselves can’t be trusted to pick the “right” things to learn.

That’s why we provide TONS of support for parents AND kids in making the shift to self-directed learning. For some families, that’s a jump off the deep end and a huge shift in what learning looks like for them. For other families, it’s baby steps within a well defined structure until everyone gains confidence and the results begin to speak for themselves. 

Our self-directed learning expert, Jenni Mahnaz, is truly a master at helping families navigate this path. She is available every single week to parents and children alike to help gently guide, in person, through our self-directed learning club for kids and our hour long drop in Q&A sessions for parents. 

Do you provide support for kids in self-directed learning?

Yes! Our Self-Directed Learning Club, for kids ages 7-18, meets every single week to discuss individual goals and progress.

It’s facilitated by Jenni Mahnaz, our self-directed learning expert. You DO NOT have to be a student at Omnis School to participate. All self-directed learners are welcome!

Curriculum

How is Omnis School organized?

The content in Omnis School, both on the adult and child platforms is organized into Subjects, Topics, and Learning Blocks. For example:

  • Subject: History
  • Topic: Vikings
  • Learning Block: Viking Mythology
What is a learning block?

A learning block represents approximately one week’s worth of work on a particular segment of a topic, like Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Intro to Guitar, or How to Price Your Services as a Freelancer. There are multiple learning blocks within a particular topic.

Students may work through a learning block faster, or more slowly, as they wish.

What is included in a learning block?

Each learning block includes a video (or many) introducing the topic and diving deeper. Most blocks also include activities or projects that take the students away from the computer. Many also include books, articles, or links to other materials to continue learning.

We build every block to accommodate a range of learning styles, ages and abilities, pre-readers through to adult level. Activities are chosen to draw you away from the screen and to learn and create in the real world. We include book recommendations as well as books for the youngest students read aloud (so that parents don’t have one more thing to do!).

Quizzes are built into most of the learning blocks on the children’s side, but not all of them. Sometimes a quiz isn’t useful, like when you’re learning to play music, or creating an art project!

What about Math(s) and Language Arts?

When you enroll in Omnis School we’ll help you find the perfect fit for your child for both math and language arts. In an ideal world, these subjects are chosen specifically for your child to meet them where they are at and support their strengths while addressing their weaknesses. Omnis School helps you do that. 

Students may work through a learning block faster, or more slowly, as they wish.

Memberships & Pricing

How much is a membership?

Our current membership fees are:

  • $199 per month for an All Access Family pass, which is valid for up to 6 family members.
  • £99 per month for an All Access Individual pass (suitable for an adult or a child).
What types of memberships are there?

We currently have two types of membership:

  • All Access Family membership which is valid for up to 6 family members (any combination of adults and children).
  • All Access Individual membership which is valid for an individual adult or child membership.
What is your cancellation policy?

You may cancel your membership at any time. As soon as you cancel, you will be automaticaly unenrolled from our platform.

Do you offer scholarships?

We will be launching a fully accessible, pay what you can version of Omnis School – Omnis Open School – (for children) in late 2021. In the meantime, we have a more accessible and affordable membership option if you are on no or limited income. Please get in touch with us to request this.

Is there a free trial for my family to try before committing to Omnis School?

We have a number of sample learning blocks for you to enjoy. These are not reduced or limited in any way and are a good example of what you’ll find when you enrol.

How do I add another Child Membership to my account?

If you have purchased an All Access Family membership, please follow the instructions when you log into the platform to add another child to your account. Alternatively, get in touch with us by email, and we will help you right away!

How do I switch from an individual Parent or Child account to a Family membership?

Please get in touch with us if you’d like to switch your membership type and we will process this for you right away.

How do I access the drop in sessions?

When you log in to our platform, you’ll see a page with all the details – the days, times and meeting links – for each scheduled drop-in session for the next 3 months.

Simply choose which sessions you’d like to attend, click the meeting link at the correct day & time of the scheduled drop-in session and you’ll be in!

Technical Support

What technology do I need to join Omnis School?

You will need access to a browser – we recommend Chrome or Safari – on a computer, laptop or iPad, and an internet connection.

While our platform is optimised for mobile devices, we recommend using a larger browser where possible.

Our content is not accessible offline or in a downloadable format.

Can Omnis School run on any computer?

Yes, as long as you have a connection to the internet. Much of our content is video-based, so you will need access to a stable connection and sufficient bandwidth to play the videos.

What browser works best with Omnis School?

We have found that we and our students have the least problems and smoothest experience using Chrome and Safari.

Do you provide technical support if we are unable to log in?

Absolutely! Get in touch if you have any problems logging in or getting started and one of our team will get back to you as soon as we can.

What do I do if I forget my username?

Your username is typically the email address you registered with. If you are unsure what this is, get in touch by email and we’ll look it up for you.

What do I do if I forget my password?

There’s a link to reset your password on our platform; if for some reason you do not receive a reset link by email, get in touch with us and we’ll reset your password for you.

Is there a way to contact technical support if I have technical difficulties while using a Learning Block?

Yes! Feel free to email us directly or you’ll be able to get in touch with us while accessing a specific learning block on our platform.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

What is your policy around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

As an entirely female-aligned leadership team with a person of colour, a person with an indigenous heritage and three members of the LGBTQi+ community, we are building Omnis Education as an organisation fully and wholly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We welcome you BECAUSE you are you. We welcome you because of your race, age, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and lifestyle and because you are you, unique and important.

We invite you to read our whole DE&I policy here, and join us!

What anti-racism curriculum do you offer for parents and children?

Omnis Education is built on a foundation of anti-racism. It’s not an afterthought for us, it’s baked into everything we do…From how we build our team to the way we build each learning block. 

We also offer a full range of anti-racism resources and learning blocks for both children and adults. In addition to those resources, which are available every day of the year to anyone enrolled, we offer quarterly Anti-Racism Workshops for adults and teens. Students who have completed a workshop are also invited to join our Beyond Allies community group to continue their education and further their commitment to living Anti-Racism in daily life.

Do you offer Anti-Racism workshops for organisations?

Yes, we do! Members of your organization can join any of our regularly scheduled Anti-Racism workshops or you can contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange one specifically for your organization. 

Our Anti-Racism workshop is recommended for businesses and school organizations alike.

Do you have mental health resources for children?

Yes, we do! We have a 15-session series on emotions, developing resilience, and positive mental health practices for children as well as a growing body of resources for teens, LGBTQI+ young people, and parents seeking to support their children.

All of our mental health resources are developed by a qualified UK Youth Worker, Coach and trained therapist with years of experience with children and mental health.

Do you have support for LGBTQ+ kids?

Of course! In addition to a range of resources (growing all the time!) for LGBTQI+ young people, we have a weekly community club called Beyond LGBTQI+  which provides ongoing support for teens and tweens exploring their gender and sexualtiy and seeking a safe and carefully facilitated space to be and to become.

This is a safe space professionally supervised and facilitated by a trained therapist, Coach, UK Social Worker and Youth Worker with years of personal and professional experience in the field.

Do you have support for LGBTQ+ adults (ages 18+)?

We don’t yet, but we will soon! We’re starting a group for grown-ups too. Email us to inquire.

How can Omnis Education help my child with special educational needs?

Children with special needs or learning difficulties benefit from individualized educational plans and targeted support. They often find traditional school settings challenging for a range of reasons, from sensory processing, to the pace of the work, to their physical, emotional, mental, or energetic differences.

Omnis Education recognizes that we all learn differently and we celebrate that.

Our learning blocks are set up to be accessible by people at different levels of intellectual, emotional, and social development. Our self-directed learning experts are available to help you develop an implementation plan tailored to your students.

We have experts and therapists on hand, with experience in autism, learning difficulties, access requirements, specific learning needs and therapeutic education, as well as Youth work and Social Work to support your family’s individual needs. Your child, and your whole family, are welcome and catered for here!

Parent Platform

How does a parent log in to Omnis School?

To log in to our learning platform, go here.

Can I get a qualification? (I am an adult)

EducationThe learning and personal and professional growth materials available on Omnis School’s platform are not accredited and do not provide you with a qualification.

However, we do offer a range of CPD Certified personal and professional development programmes in our community group, “Omnis Development’.

Omnis School is committed to re-designing the educational and personal development landscape and as will support you to build a portfolio of achievement which will enable you to show your learning and personal and professional growth.

Do you have anything I can show a prospective/new employer?

If you have completed a certificate in a particular knowledge area, we recommend you include that in your professional portfolio. You may also include a list of learning blocks that you have completed.

If you have developed a portfolio of your work using our portfolio development tool, this is also a good addendum to your CV to share with prospective employers or managers.

Child Platform

How does a child log in to Omnis School?

To log in to our learning platform, go here.

Do you provide support to parents in organizing how to use Omnis School?

Yes! When you enroll in Omnis School we’ll help you get it all set up. We’ll make some suggestions of things that might work for you and help you find a routine for your learning days that is comfortable for your family. We’ll help you understand the assessment piece and how to build portfolios with and for your kids. 

AND, we have tons of professional development resources for parents including:

  • Omnis School Bootcamps
  • Family Culture Building
  • Self-Directed Learning Support (3 full months worth!)
  • How to Deal With High School (and beyond)
  • Supporting Teens Towards Successful Launch
  • Matresence (the transitions of motherhood)
  • Support for Families Affected by Autism (led by an expert)
  • Mental Health Support for Parents…and so much more.

We’ve got you.

How do you measure progress?

For children, we measure progress in four ways:

  1. By keeping track of which blocks a child has completed or is working on (available through the parent dashboard)
  2. Quizzes over most learning blocks (results available through the parent dashboard)
  3. Portfolio development (Please read the FAQ on portfolio development for more info).
  4. Participation in special projects and collaborations, led by our teachers such as music performances, self-published books and more.
How do I know if my kid is doing enough?

“Enough” is relative. Some families are interested in mirroring the type or amount of learning happening in schools. Other families want much more. Some want a more relaxed approach. There isn’t a right answer to this. 

In our platform introduction, we make some suggestions around how you might use Omnis School and what “enough” might look like. We also make a clear suggestion for how much to do if you want to mirror what’s happening at school.

One possibility: Agree with your child to choose one learning block from each major subject bucket each week. Our idea is that a learning block is roughly equivalent to one week’s worth of content for an average student.

Another possibility: Encourage deep dive “unit study” type learning in one subject area at a time, and then move on to the next.

For significant levels of completion (12 blocks in a given subject) we issue certificates.

Students are encouraged to use our portfolio development tool to curate a body of work that exemplifies what they are learning and the accomplishments they are most proud of.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of work that shows growth. 

At Omnis Education, we encourage all students to save their work samples and upload projects, videos, and images of their learning to the portfolio development tool. Over time this builds the “story” of your educational progress.

How do I assemble a portfolio (for myself or my child)?

Our portfolio development tool is easy to use. When you join, you’ll watch a video demonstrating how the portfolio tool works.

Choose to include things that:

  • Represent your best work
  • Represent a challenge that was overcome
  • Represent a failure and what you learned from it
  • Show growth over a period of time (a writing sample from six months ago, and one from now)
  • You are proud of
  • Demonstrate your capability in a particular skill or area
  • Represent significant accomplishments
What should I cover in a week?

There are no “shoulds” or “musts” at Omnis Education. Feel free to tailor our resources to your child’s individual needs!

If you are looking for a full replacement to regular school, then a comparable curriculum for one week might look like:

  • 4-5 lessons of math
  • 4-5 days of language arts practice
  • 1 history block
  • 1 geography block
  • 1 elective block (we’ve got lots of fun stuff)
  • 1 science block
  • 1 art block
  • 1 music block

Remember to keep track of all of the other things your child is doing and learning outside of Omnis Education, because learning is happening EVERYWHERE, and it ALL counts!

What if my kid wants to learn something you don't have?

Send us an email and ask for it! We’re building Omnis School for the students we have. Every week we build blocks that kids and adults are asking for…

  • We built forensics for Maggie
  • Black Holes for Dizzy
  • The Mars Rovers for Judah
  • Computer Hacking for Jude

We’ll be happy to build whatever you’re interested in! And our block builders are FAST! You probably won’t have to wait more than a week for it!

How do the drop in sessions work?

When you log in to our platform, you’ll see a page with all the details – the days, times and meeting links – for each scheduled drop-in session for the next 3 months.

Simply choose which sessions you’d like to attend, click the meeting link at the correct day & time of the scheduled drop-in session and you’ll be in!

Will my kids be on a screen the whole time they are learning?

Nope! We know lots of kids love to learn online (when it’s fun and engaging…not the boring version of online learning we’ve experienced during the pandemic!).

Our learning blocks are built to start with online engagement, through fun videos and more. But the activities most often take kids away from the screen to work on something “in the real world.”

This is important because as we all evolve into the digital future, we have to learn to build bridges between online and offline life and learning. The online world is a powerful tool that informs and augments our offline life. We believe in balance in all things!

High School And Beyond

I need to figure out high school, can you help?

Yes, we can! High school is Jenn’s (our CEO) favourite. When you enroll, check out her resources for parents on guiding teens, launching young adults and building unique and empowering learning journeys for young people.

The recording of her Beyond High School workshop is a great place to start. Then have a listen to the session she did for Denver Public Schools, with Ellie Jacques, on preparing teens for successful launch. You’ll definitely be inspired.

We’re building more resources all the time for high school students, and our existing learning blocks can support high school education as well. We’re in the process of building frameworks for high school to help you figure it out. In the meantime, feel free to book a call with Jenn and she can help point you in the right direction.

Do you offer high school transcripts?

We do not! But we can help you learn to build one. Check out our Beyond High School Workshop, on the adult side of Omnis School, to learn more about that.

Can you help me build a high school transcript for my child?

Yes. We definitely can. Check out our Beyond High School Workshop, on the adult side of Omnis School, to learn more about that.

Will my kids be able to get into college after Omnis School?

Yes! Self-directed learners get into great colleges and universities with outside the box educational experiences, without standardized tests, without diplomas, and without any of the trappings of regular school, all the time.

We have resources and a process to help you with this when you get there. 

The most important thing you can do right now to ensure your child’s academic success at the highest levels is to foster a love for learning, encourage them to learn avidly, and keep records of all the crazy stuff they’re doing that is educational (learning happens everywhere!).

We’ll help you through the process of getting them into university when it’s time.

Pods & Microschools

How can Omnis Education help us educate our children?

Omnis Education provides a range of resources to support pod style learning including:

  • Access to the Omnis School platform for students and adults at a reduced bulk rate
  • Policy & Procedure frameworks and support
  • Educational consulting
  • Parental engagement
  • Guidance counselor style support for students
  • Teacher Training

Please see our Pod & Microschool Menu of Services for details.

Do you provide customized curriculum planning for Pods/Microschools?

Yes, we do. Please book a consultation with Jenn to discuss the particular needs of your school.