Updated 2019-12-26

The Hive: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

A Liberated Learners center in Springfield, Oregon, where youth are supported in leaving school and taking charge of their own learning. Fall 2019 update: on hiatus
Grace Llewellyn director
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(+1) 541-414-2116
Springfield, OR 
United States


Based on the principles of Self-Directed Education, The Hive is an alternative to school, not to be confused with an alternative school. (Legally, most members become homeschoolers, which allows staff to work with youth in a flexible, collaborative, and respectful manner.) The Hive is open 4 days a week (following the school calendar, but closed Wednesdays), and offers a cornucopia of classes, workshops, tutorials, and other opportunities – all without compulsory attendance, grading, or testing. Each teen member is matched with a staff advisor who meets with them regularly to help define, support, and track visionary goals. The Hive is a non-profit organization supported by tuition and by donations, offering fee reductions, when needed, to foster diversity among the membership.

SDE Optimizing Conditions

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