San Diego Microschool

San Diego microschool and homeschool program

What Is A Microschool?

Change is happening in education! Parents and families are looking for non-traditional approaches to learning, teachers are leaning into new methods and strategies, and students are thriving as they engage with material at their own pace.

A microschool or ‘microschool classes’ are a small ‘pod’ of students grouped based on age, grade, and/or level. We launched our San Diego Microschool back in 2020 with a full-time 5/6th Grade Program, and shifted to a Kinder-1st Program in 2021 and Kinder-2nd in 2022. We are now in our fourth year of operating microschool classes and offer K-3 Microschool Classes in Bay Park, San Diego.

[Click here to see Kinder-1st options + Click here to see 2nd-3rd grade options]

What Is Donnelly’s Daily Apple?

Donnelly’s Daily Apple is an educational services business that provides individualized, intuitive, and hands-on learning in both one-on-one and small-group settings.

Our company operates a part-time microschool program, small-group classes, and provides tutoring and academic support students in public and private education, as well as homeschool families. [We are also a vendor of the Pacific Coast Academy (PCA) & Mission Vista Academy (MVA).]

Our K-3 Microschool (2023-2024):

Elementary ‘A’

Our Elementary ‘A’ Group (Monday Session) runs from 9AM-2PM and is directed towards students who are building solid academic foundations of ELA, Reading, STEM & Math.

This session is geared towards ‘lower elementary’ (Kinder-1st) but is not limited to those ages/grades.

Elementary ‘B’

Our Elementary ‘B’ Group (Tuesday Session) runs from 9AM-2PM and is directed towards students who are developing higher-level & critical thinking skills in academic areas. Students are challenged to take foundational lessons further with more investigative lessons.

This session is geared towards ‘upper elementary’ (2nd-3rd grade) but is not limited to those ages/grades.


Our Elementary A & B Block (Wed-Thurs Afternoon Sessions) are focused on collaboration, socialization, creativity, skill-building, investigation of learning, and student-driven projects (in all subject areas) to create cross-curricular & meaningful connections between school and everyday life.

This session is geared towards all elementary-aged students (with differentiated groups to support all learning levels).


Our Foundational Class is a 2-hour intensive that meets twice per week (Wednesdays & Thursdays) to allow for explicit, systematic, and multisensory practice in foundational skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, reading, writing, and math.

This very small, curated class is for all elementary-aged students needing direct intervention in foundational skills.

To learn more about Kinder-1st grade options → [CLICK HERE]
To learn more about 2nd-3rd grade options → [CLICK HERE]

Why We Created A Microschool:


Why Microschool Classes?

We believe that students learn best in small environments where the curriculum, strategies, and activities can be customized and personalized to their needs.

How Does Enrollment Work?

(1) First, get in touch with us to share information about your child(ren) and to determine current availability.

(2) Next, we’ll set up a tour for you to visit our space and ask questions.

(3) Then, we’ll set up an assessment and/or drop-in day to help all parties determine whether it’s a fit!

Who Is The Teacher?

Marisa Donnelly, MEd., is a licensed teacher and founder of Donnelly’s Daily Apple. She is passionate about providing educational alternatives to students of all ages.

What Is The ‘PCA’ or ‘MVA’?

The ‘PCA’ (Pacific Coast Academy) and ‘MVA’ (Mission Vista Academy) are tuition-free charter schools in San Diego, and we are vendors for them!

Through our partnerships with Pacific Coast & Mission Vista, we provide part-time classes, small-group learning, tutoring, homeschool support, academic oversight, and more!

If you’re curious how that all works, let’s set up a call!