Our Mission

Mettle means courage, fortitude and temperament. This lies at the heart of what we believe it takes to educate your child. Built within our name are words like Ministry, Educate, Tenacity, Tolerance, Learn and Endurance. These words embody the essence of the Mettle Room. Above all, endurance means to have the capacity, stamina, strength but also patience, and that is what it takes to educate your child.


Our Programs

Hours: Mon-Fri


Curriculum Time


Creative Time


Grades K-6 Curriculum Time is for learning English, Math, Science and History using materials that support our mission. A few of the models we favor are the Good & the Beautiful, Story of the World and Math Mammoth. However, as each child is unique, curriculum must also be flexible to adapt to that need.

English and Math are typically individual subjects, so picture a one-room schoolhouse and that is our concept. Whole group instruction will be minimal with these subjects as each student will (most likely) progress at various speeds. Your student can come to work on their own curriculum that you assign, or they can engage with the curriculum we assign. If your student is working from our curriculum, we will provide updates on their progress and grades upon request.

History and Science will be whole group instruction based. Various grade levels will be required to complete work according to their ability, but the subject matter will be the same across the grade levels. We will use Story of the World vol.2 Middle Ages (along with some Mystery of History mixed in) with a complimentary Science study of Space. Both classes will have various hands-on projects, lecture, classwork, geography and games.

English & Math will be a focus everyday. History on Monday/Wednesday and Science on Tuesday/Thursday. Friday will alternate between History and Science.

Grades K-6 Creative Time is for exploring the worlds of Art, Busy Builders, Gardening, Handwriting, Reader’s Theater, Board Games, Puzzles, Geography, History Fun, Homework Help and many more imaginative ways to learn about our world and each other.

Jr&Sr High School students are welcome to join either the full-day or half-day program to work on their own independent learning, mentor a younger student and/or volunteer their time to serve the Mettle Room students. We will be there to guide the students in keeping them on-task and learn valuable time management skills. However, if they need more focused help, we will do our best to accommodate this need. Above all, we hope to foster an environment of collaborative learning amongst the students.

*Internet access will be available for those students that work online. There will be a strict ‘no online games’ policy.


Mondays @1-2pm; U.S. Constitution and our Founding Fathers

$200 for this class only

*These classes & materials are included with the Jr&Sr High Student membership.

Individual Help

We also offer individual help. Contact us to discuss your needs and how we can help. Prices vary depending upon student’s needs.

Our Team

“Great teachers focus not on compliance, but on connections and relationships.” -P.J. Caposey

Jessica Rowe has been actively involved in the education of her children. She belonged to a play based preschool co-op for several years and volunteered weekly in her children’s K-8 classrooms.  She believes homeschooling provides the opportunity for children to learn about subjects they have a genuine interest in, hosted in an environment that is comfortable, safe, and fun. This is turn, fosters a lifelong love of learning, which is the real goal of education. She holds an AA in Early Childhood Development and brings a centered focus and enthusiasm for elementary education.

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you ACT while you are waiting.” -Joyce Meyer

Missie Shimizu is a CA credentialed teacher and a former first grade teacher.  She began her homeschooling journey when her son was diagnosed with dyslexia.  While homeschooling her children she became involved with homeschool support groups and co-ops.  She also taught classes for homeschoolers through two local homeschool businesses.  She believes that as each child is unique; so is their approach to learning.  Homeschooling offers the ability to tap into that individual learning process with success.

I tutored my son with a dyslexic specific program and can help your child if needed.

Our Students

Our students are learning from home. You, the parent, have the right to make educational decisions that best fit your child. If that means homeschool through a charter or private, that is your choice and we support either one. However, the Mettle Room is a Private Membership Association, so we are not a vendor for any charter school.


7616 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights

This location is close to I-80 for easy access, close to Rusch Park for you to take your children before or after, and we have access to a plot of land for gardening.


We are a Private Membership Association. We have a variety of membership levels that are dependent upon your student’s grade level and attendance.

Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Membership levels range from $100-$500/month. The registration fee is $150 per student per semester.

Questions? Please send us an email.


Membership to the Mettle Room includes access to our center for your student, free homeschool downloadable materials, and assistance for you in navigating the homeschool waters.

To join the Mettle Room, complete the Membership Registration form. It can be used to register up to 3 students. Upon submission, the Mettle Room will contact you to arrange a payment method that works for you. Registration is not complete until payment is confirmed.

Positive Words

Roseville, CA

Roseville, CA


Miss Shimizu is well-informed, and produces amazing presentations and videos to make history come alive for her students. I am so grateful for her contributions to my son’s education!

Alameda, CA

Alameda, CA


Wonderful American History through American Girl class with an awesome teacher! Missie uses her own interesting power point presentations with pictures, videos and maps to fully engage Read Less
the students and encourages reading and documentaries and other growth outside of the scheduled time. My daughter loved being able to take her favorite subjects, American Girl and history, with Missie. My daughter was very sad when the class ended. Missie always had the children make an interesting time-period craft as well as a lap book to reinforce key information, including important events, vocabulary and geography. The content was always very interesting and engaging. Missie is a very knowledgeable and passionate teacher, encouraging, upbeat and patient. Looking forward to more classes with Missie, hopefully Story of the World, she is an absolute treasure.

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