Onsite Private School / Online Tutoring

StairWay5 STEM Academy – Onsite Private School offers a safe, consistent and academically motivating small pod environment for students ages 11-12 / grade 6. Each onsite pod is limited to 4 students. Contact us for parent references from Fall 2020 program.

Schedule: Spring 2021 Session #1 (January 4 – March 12) and Session #2 (March 22 – May 28).

Registration for Onsite and Online programs opens on October 23rd.


Max 4 students / 1 instructor ratio.  Seating 6 feet apart.  No shared materials. Masks are required when not seated or closer than 6 feet.  No more than 10 people in the building at one time – maximum of 8 students for the program. Staff and students must follow all COVID-19 related processes and procedures.


Daily classes on site Monday through Friday from 9am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 4pm. Lunch supervision provided at an additional charge.


Students will progress through the curriculum at their individual pace. Dual Enrollment with home public school is recommended to participate in standardized testing and extra-curricular activities

Core academics – Mornings 9am-12pm

Daily 1 hr sessions: English Language Arts and Math.

2-3 times/week 1 hr sessions: Science, Social Studies and History.

Enrichment Classes – Afternoons 1:30pm-4pm

2 times a week/1 hr sessions: Spanish and French

Daily 1.5 hr sessions: Technology (Coding, Robotics, Digital Media). Technology students build a Digital Portfolio of their work.

Lesson Plans and Curriculum

Curriculum Plans (subject topics, online resources) will be provided to meet Home School reporting requirements for core subjects. Spectrum, Kuman, Singapore Math, Khan Academy and similar resources will be utilized.

Progress Tracking

Daily and/or weekly updates for each student for each subject. Use these to submit any reports required for Home Schooled students.

Subject-level Instructors

Includes undergraduates/graduates in that subject of study from the University of Iowa.  Technology course instructors work in their areas of expertise.


  • Mornings only – $225 / week 
  • Afternoons only – $190 / week.
  • Mornings and afternoons – $335 / week (~20% discount)

Non-refundable deposit of 50% of fees due upon registration. Remaining fees billed on a monthly schedule.

Lunch supervision (12pm – 1:30pm) can be provided for an additional fee. Interested parents will be linked for carpool options.

Private online tutoring can be scheduled separately – days and times are flexible.  Rate $45/hr.

Spring session Jan 4th – May 28th (20 weeks).  No class during Spring Break (March 15th – 19th).

Iowa Home School Information


  • Dual Enrollment – part-time enrollment by subject area or extracurricular at a student’s attendance area school.  Parents or guardians are responsible for any instruction students do not receive while at their attendance area school. 
  • Competent Private Instruction (CPI)
    • Opt Out – Parents using any CPI option must provide instruction for at least 148 days per school year, with at least 37 days per quarter, but there is no legally-defined mechanism for verification.
    • Opt In – similar to above but students must complete an annual assessment or submit portfolio

You can find more information on each option at the Homeschool Iowa website


StairWay5 tutors do not hold an Iowa teacher licenses.  As a result, students may need to take the annual assessment in some cases.  Please contact your district’s Home School Assistance Program for details, forms and reporting requirements.

You must notify your school of your child’s change in status to Home School and indicate which Home School option you are selecting (Dual Enrollment or Competent Private Instruction). These options have different reporting requirements. Contact Iowa City HomeSchool Assistance for more information.


StairWay5 continues its proven method of small class sizes and subject matter expert instructors. We build confidence through project-based learning and progressively step students up through our year-round, deep technical programs all while honing these 5 core skills vital for success in the coming future: Problem Identification, Learning to Learn, Critical Thinking, Solutions Design and Project Management.

Our instructors are passionate about their areas of expertise and about imparting their deep knowledge and experience to their students to inspire them to get excited and excel at learning.  StairWay5 Math students have all achieved an acceleration in 1-2 grades after 12 – 18 months of consistent instruction.  Students have built Digital Web portfolios with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and learned to use professional Adobe Digital Media software to create graphic art, animation and videos.

StairWay5 has expanded its focused Technology, Engineering and Math enrichment programs to provide instruction and tutoring services in core subjects of English Language Arts, Science, History in a safe, small group setting.  In addition, we recognize the benefits of learning a foreign language and have also included Spanish and French to our enrichment program.

Classes are held onsite in Coralville.  Private tutoring available online. Contact us at 224-637-5514 or info@stairway5.com