Frequently Asked Questions
Shiminly accepts students in grades 1-12. Students can start at any grade level and they do not have to have completed the Shiminly program in previous years.
Each Shiminly lesson is 60 minutes long, including time for dismissal and any associated cleanup.
With over 100 unique topics in our 7 competencies, Shiminly students will explore a variety of fascinating disciplines and over 200 different universal skills.
When signed up through a participating school, students take a test prior to the start of every new level. This ensures they are on track to best benefit from the material in each level.
At the end of every course, students are assessed on course content. Each test examines skills in speaking, listening, writing, and reading. These assessments are for evaluative and summative purposes only; their performance has no consequences. (Students signing up directly don’t need to do our pre and post Assessments).
Most Shiminly students need only a pencil and a notebook! If Shiminly Sessions students have access to a printer, that would be wonderful, but their participation is not dependent on it.
Shiminly Sessions students must have access to a webcam and microphone, in addition to a desktop or laptop computer. We recommend a wired internet connection over wi-fi, to minimize connection stability issues. Your child’s device and their internet connection must be compatible with our platform.
- PDF reader
- Graphic and audio output capability
- Broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5 Mbps
In order to reap the full benefits of the Shiminly experience, each child will need access to their own laptop. Particularly if your children are at different levels of academic or English competency, they will need their own space to learn in the way that is best for them! We also find private students have better focus when working alone, as opposed to the excitement and distraction of another child’s presence.
Unless your child has behavioral, disciplinary, or physical needs that require adult intervention, we recommend that all learners take lessons without parental involvement. However, we do ask that a parent remain in the room to observe their child and handle any discipline issues that arise. You will have plenty of chances to admire your child’s work and to collaborate with them on homework assignments throughout the course. Parents also receive detailed feedback about their child’s performance, triumphs, and areas for growth after every lesson, so you’ll never feel like you’re missing out.
Fill out our easy application form.
You can cancel up to 48 hours before the start of the summer program.
You will have 15 minutes to join a class after it begins. If you miss a class, we will put you in another class subject to availability.
We do not allow this.
Institutions and homeroom teachers
Many, if not most Shiminly lessons are focused on improving interpersonal communication and shaping learners into responsible, caring, altruistic members of their communities on every level. In addition to the socio-emotional benefits of our program, students will be introduced to the world at large, building maturity and sophistication. Shiminly also has numerous opportunities for project-based learning that entire schools are welcome to join!
Contact Shiminly Curriculum Services for more information about how one Shimin lesson can galvanize an entire student body.
Shiminly has numerous academic and emotional benefits that can improve test performance. Students review and learn about fascinating academic topics, which students can understand more fully due to our unique hands-on approach. Shiminly classes also build confidence and help students reduce anxiety by helping them develop familiarity with new and difficult ideas, as well as giving them a practical toolkit of physical and emotional management techniques.
In short, Shiminly makes everything a little less scary, and students grow in their confidence to take on new challenges.
You will have a contact person.
In general, you will need a strong internet connection, a webcam that can show the whole classroom at once, a whiteboard or blackboard, and speakers. Your classroom computer and internet connection must be able to work with our platform.