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SDE Communities

We define an "SDE community" as any school, co-op, learning center, summer camp, etc., that is aligned with SDE principles.

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Australia

Arcadia ALC

a self-directed learning co-op that’s working parent friendly.

Belgium

Ecole Démocratique de l'Orneau

L’école accueille des enfants de 3 à 18 ans avec une pédagogie basée sur la confiance et l’autonomie, les auto-apprentissages et la gestion démocratique.

Sudbury School Ghent

Op Sudbury School Ghent kunnen leerlingen van 4 tot 18 vrij met elkaar in interactie gaan. Leerlingen leren, spelen en werken volgens hun eigen interesses. Elke leerling en elk staflid heeft 1 stem in de wekelijkse schoolmeeting.

Brazil

Minas Gerais


Casa da Árvore

A sudbury-inspired learning community made up of a team of adults and a group of children and teenagers from 4 to 18 years old, meeting Monday-Friday from 1:30-5:30 to collectively build a safe space for the free realization of each one’s potential.

Other


ALC São Paulo

The first Agile Learning Center in Brazil serving as a learning community for young people and adults.

Canada

Alberta


Fort McMurray Funschool Friday

A collection of homeschooling/unschooling families in Fort McMurray that meets every week at a park, the library, or someone’s home for conversation, snacks and free play for all ages.

British Columbia


Cedar Hill Open Learning

At Cedar Hill Open Learning Community we strongly believe in protecting children’s rights in education. Here, your child is welcome to be whoever they want to be.

Ontario


Alpha II Alternative School

A TDSB grade 7-12 school where students take responsibility for their own learning, participate and lead in the school community and are accountable to themselves, their family, and the community for what they do.

Learning in the Woods

Multi-age, year-round programs for free play in the forest, including summer camps and programs for toddlers and younger kids with caregivers.

Quebec


Mont-Libre: Centre éducatif agile de Montréal

Un centre éducatif agile pour les jeunes de 8 à 18 ans pratiquant l’éducation à domicile qui s’inspire des écoles libres et du unschooling. An agile educational center for young people aged 8 to 18. Inspired by free schools and unschooling.

Switzerland

Czech Republic

Donum Felix

Demokratická a svobodná škola, jejímiž hlavními východisky jsou důvěra k vnitřnímu směřování dítěte a důraz na učení založeném na vnitřní motivaci.

Germany

Berlin


TING-Schule

A Democratic Free School in Berlin. Ages 5-17, only accepts new students up to the age of 11 unless they transfer from other free schools.

Bavaria


Sudbury School Ammersee

Please help this school reopen – they have been fighting their case against the Bavarian government for 3 years, having been shut down on the grounds that not enough learning was happening!

Hamburg


North Rhine-Westphalia


Other


Denmark

ALC Copenhagen

et tilknytningsbaseret hjemmeunderviserfællesskab med rødder i den selvstyrede læring.

Egypt

Spain

Cocreo Barcelona

A start-up group aiming to open an international Agile Learning Center in Barcelona in 2019.

Ojo de agua - ambiente educativo

A place where children and young people can choose how to satisfy their own interests in a self-directed, ecological, holistic, democratic and respectful atmosphere.

France

Ecole Agile 66

Bilingual and Democratic School of the Eastern Pyrénées.

Ecole Dynamique

A dynamic Sudbury-inspired democratic school in Paris. Free of programs, schedules, and age-based classes!

Ecole Nikola Tesla

The first Sudbury model democratic school in Lyon, with fulfillment and happiness at the heart of its pedagogy.

Ecole Pétillante

Une école démocratique à 15 minutes de Montpellier pour les 3 à 19 ans. Ouverte depuis Octobre 2017.

Le Point d'O

A sudbury-inspired democratic school accepting students from 3 to 20 years old, Point d’O first appears as a “place of life” before being a school.

École Démocratique de Paris

A democratic school with a horizontal and human structure, freed from programs and school rhythms, in favor of autonomous learning: a place of fulfillment in which individual experience and living together are privileged.

École NovAgora

École-collège-lycée démocratique d’inspiration Sudbury, à Strasbourg. Inscriptions possibles tout au long de l’année, pour des jeunes de 6 à 20 ans.

Ireland

Wicklow Sudbury School

Ireland’s first democratic school for self-directed learning. Students are free to play and fully immerse themselves in whatever passions and interests engage them.

Israel

Jerusalem Sudbury School

A Sudbury school founded in 2002, operating on the basis of an educational model underpinning the recognition that significant learning occurs from self-motivation, wherever and in any form.

India

Maharashtra


Swa-Adhyayan

This is a group of parents which supports each other in Self Directed Education by arranging regular meetings and activities.

Tamil Nadu


Sadhana Forest

Community practicing reforestation, water conservation, sustainable living and self-directed education.

The Learning Community at Quest

Quest is a space dedicated to learning, discovery, fun, and creativity, for learners of all kinds, age groups, interests, and abilities.

Italy

Flow ALC

Italy’s first ALC, a self-directed learning community for ages 6-14.

Japan

Okinawa Sudbury School

Education that trusts children’s ability to respect and choose their lives. Full time, 5-18 years old.

Shinden Sudbury School

鳥取県智頭町の豊かな自然が残る新田地区をフィールドに、対象年齢6歳~18歳の子どもたちの自主性を尊重した教育を目指すデモクラティックスクールです。

Mexico

Hidalgo


Mochicahui Self-Directed Learning Space

¡Un espacio para el aprendizaje autodirigido de niños, jóvenes y adultos! ¡Un espacio para crear, probar, experimentar y de mucho juego libre! ¡Un lugar para explorar y aprender conectados con la naturaleza!

Jalisco


Querétaro


ALC Querétaro

Somos facilitadores, educadores, emprendedores, homeschoolers y algunos otros somos padres que estamos cambiando la educación para el siglo 21.

Quintana Roo


Crecer Verde ALC

Primer Centros de Aprendizaje Ágil en Quintana Roo; Otorgamos el 100% de la responsabilidad a quien aprende, a través una educación auto-dirigida.

Veracruz


Educambiando ALC

Un espacio donde niños, jóvenes y adultos aprenden a ejercer su libertad, cultivando sí las habilidades para el éxito y la creación intencional de una cultura ágil en México.

Other


Explora ALC

An Agile Learning Center in the form of a kindergarten for children between 2 and 6, an after-school for kids from 7 and up, and a center for unschooling families.

Netherlands

Sudburyschool Harderwijk

A Sudbury model school that was founded in 2014. Staff have a long history of experience with Self-Directed Education since 2003.

makED - Make Education

A sociocratic learning environment/school where we facilitate intrinsic motivation, as well as friendship, fun and fulfillment.

Peru

Project World School

A travel resource for self-directed adolescents and teenagers. We create temporary learning communities all around the world and immerse ourselves in other cultures to better grow, learn and relate, all within community.

Philippines

Abot Tala

A Liberated Learners center near Manila, Philippines that helps young people direct their educations outside of the traditional school system.

Portugal

Free to Learn - Kids House

Unschooling SDE support group in an 84h rural old cork oaks forest, in south Portugal. International Community Village in nature. English/Portuguese. Four days a week. Ages 3-18. Sudbury inspired.

Romania

CEREHARD

Re-Design ngo Resource Center for Holistic Education

Rubik Agile School

an agile, self-directed learning community for children ages 6-13 who are enrolled in a school, homeschooling, or unschoolers.

School of Joy

an Agile Learning Center in Cluj-Napoca, practicing and promoting free learning.

Syrian Arab Republic

United Kingdom

England


East Kent Sudbury School

Part-time Self-Directed, Democratic provision for Home Educated children aged 5-18. Aiming to become the first registered Independent School based on the Sudbury model in the UK.

The Garden

The Garden is an evidence-based, democratic community for children in Bristol, UK. We prioritise the emotional well-being and social skills of children, through an unconditional approach and horizontal communication. Learning is self-directed.

The Green House Education Project

Currently restructuring and working towards becoming an Agile Learning Centre (ALC), similar to how The Green House has been evolving since 2014.

Northern Ireland


Sligo Sudbury School

A private school in NW Ireland for 6-18 year olds, the ethos being self-guided learning, community & democracy.

Wales


Coed Cariad Learning Community

A nature based part time programme for ages 4 -14 in woodland. Free play, democratically run by the community and self-directed learning are our core characteristics.

United States

Alaska


Anchorage Agile Learning Community

A thinking outside of the box conversation on how to create a different type of learning experience & environment for the future of our children and the community.

California


Bungalow Lane ALC

An Agile Learning Community in Fresno, California, dedicated to cultivating an environment that nurtures children’s natural desire to learn.

Diablo Valley School

A Sudbury model school in Contra Costa County serving students ages 5-19 since 1997.

East Bay Self-Directed Education

This groups serves the collective California East Bay to increase awareness of Self-Directed Education for local area families. Interested educators, administrators, policy makers and change […]

Full Circle Schooling

3-5 day per week program for registered homeschoolers that is fully mobile, with a field trip each day and learning through experiences.

Learn Beyond The Book

Resource center providing a-la-carte classes and events that students choose in locations in LA County, from preschool age through high school. Also provides a community for homeschoolers and coaching and training to help families understand SDE.

Lilac ALC

An inclusive agile learning community serving homeschoolers in California’s Central Valley.

Rock Tree Sky

A K-12 learning community where youth have the freedom and responsibility to direct their education with the support of caring adults, in a dynamic open-walled environment.

The Open School

The only school in Orange County where kids (age 5-18) learn through real life and real democracy. Freedom and responsibility are the curriculum. Students learn by playing, conversing, and pursuing their passions.

Colorado


Alpine Valley School

A Sudbury-model school founded in 1997 that provides students with the freedom and responsibility to take charge of their time and education, at their own pace, focused around their interests. Serving students age 5-18 in the Denver Metro area.

Creative Bridges

A self-directed learning center and summer camp in Evergreen, Colorado, for homeschoolers of all ages, who are given time and freedom to play and explore within a community of other young people, with support from knowledgeable, helpful adults.

The Boulder Sudbury School

Provides an environment that supports freedom of expression for children and teens (age 4-19) and continuous learning through curiosity, play, and social interaction.

Connecticut


Kaleidoscope ALC

An independent K-12 school for self-directed learners, launching in January 2020 in the Groton/New London area.

Delaware


The New School

A child-centered school based on the ideals of Summerhill, Sudbury Valley School, and Lev Vygotsky.

Florida


Florida Unschoolers

A tuition-free, private/umbrella “school” (a legal entity, not a physical or virtual school) that provides a means for nearly 6,000 Florida unschoolers and homeschoolers to comply with the state’s compulsory attendance law.

Real Life, Inc.

A unique agile learning environment dedicated to supporting families who are exploring alternative and supplemental learning opportunities in Tampa Bay

Spark ALC

A community of self-directed learners freely creating, playing, collaborating, exploring, sharing, and discovering the world.

Sunset Sudbury School

A non-profit, K-12 school located in Ft Lauderdale, FL. We offer self-directed learning in a supportive community environment.

The Miami Sudbury School

A democratic K-12 school that empowers children through ​freedom & responsibility for truly innovative experiential learning and personal growth.

Georgia


GROW

A cooperative learning community rooted in the principles of Self-Directed Education & Natural Learning.

Heartwood Agile Learning Center

A K-12 independent school that facilitates Self-Directed Education with a mission to artfully enable students to pursue their curiosities and develop meaningful connections between one another, the facilitators and the community.

Oasis Agile Learning Center

Community specifically for learners ages 12+ to collaborate within intentional culture and self directed paths with ALC tools and facilitators. Our focus is strongly on emotional agility and community involvement.

Render ALC

A collaborative community focused on student-led and self-directed education.

Sudbury School of Atlanta

A democratic, self-directed learning community run by students (ages 4-18) and staff. Empowered with freedom, trust and responsibility, students have unlimited time and space to explore their interests.

Idaho


Illinois


Tallgrass Sudbury School

Based on freedom, trust, and respect, Tallgrass welcomes students (age 4-18) from throughout the Chicago area.

Indiana


Self Directed Academy

Modeled after Sudbury Valley School and inspired by the work of Maria Montessori, Self Directed Academy is an environment where students dig deep into their development and practice the art of making choices and living collaboratively with others.

Kentucky


Louisiana


Dat School

A full-time learning center for children age 5-12. Part of ALC network.

Massachusetts


Bay State Learning Center

A non-coercive environment for students ages 10-19, with no grades, tests, or specific curricular requirements.

Hilltown Families: Community-Based Education Network

Established in 2005, Hilltown Families is a community-based education network which highlights the embedded learning found throughout Western Massachusetts, making the information accessible online to self-directed and life-long learners wanting to g

Macomber Center

A self-directed learning community for children of all ages. We are a fully staffed drop-off center which runs from 9am to 5pm, five days a week.

Sudbury Valley School

A democratic school for students, ages 4-19, founded in 1968 on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Learning Co-op

A mixed-age cooperative learning program that promotes and supports self-directed education and democratic decision-making as an option for all learners and all families.

Maryland


Arts & Ideas Sudbury School

A democratic school for ages 5-18, with core principles of trust, autonomy, justice, and learning through play.

Fairhaven School

A Sudbury model school serving students age 5-18. Founded in 1998 and located in a rural setting.

Michigan


Little Lake Learning Community

A democratic free school serving ages 5-18, opened in 2010, and operated collaboratively by the students, staff and parents.

Lupine Learning Community

A community for self-directed learners ages 12-18 committed to the belief that kids are human beings with a natural desire to learn, given the time, space, and tools they need.

Open Doors for Teens

A Liberated Learners center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where youth are supported in leaving school and taking charge of their own learning.

Ypsi ALC

A co-created space for young people to direct their own learning in community.

Missouri


Saint Louis Sudbury School

Missouri’s first Sudbury-model school, offering fully Self-Directed Education in a democratic context for students age 5-18.

u.school

U.school is a democratic, micro school using downtown Springfield, MO as its classroom.

Montana


Glacier Lake School

A self-directed, democratic school where children are trusted to take full control of their own lives and learning. Based on democratic/free school models from around the world, including Sudbury Valley School and Summerhill.

North Carolina


ALC Mosaic

An independent “K-12 school” for self-directed learners and a half-day “pre-K” for ages 2-4 — an Agile Learning Community that uses agile tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation.

Gastonia Freedom School

A pre-K to 8 private school and homeschool resource center for self-directed children with disabilities.

Pathfinder Community School

A self-directed learning community where students (age 5-14) are free to choose their daily activities; responsible for their choices, actions, and education; and empowered to participate in fair and transparent governance.

Wildwood ALC

An Agile Learning Community and a nonprofit program for homeschoolers ages 7-17 in the Boone, NC area who wish to engage in collaborative, self-directed learning experiences within a supportive multi-age environment.

ZigZag ALC

A self-directed, agile learning school in Asheville, NC. We do unschooling in community, with compassion, and in the service of creating a new culture based on power-with instead of power-over.

Nebraska


Wild Learning

Wild Learning Summer Camp is a self directed learning camp that focuses on nature, art, and community where young people can create a culture based on care, choice, and creativity.

New Hampshire


BigFish Learning Community

A Liberated Learners center in Dover, New Hampshire, where youth are supported in leaving school and taking charge of their own learning.

Latitude Learning Resources

A NH based homeschool learning center, Latitude’s focus is enrichment classes and community activities that support the needs, interests, and abilities of our students in single interest or cross-curricular areas.

New Jersey


Jersey Shore Free School

A private, nonprofit, nontraditional K-12 democratic community school based on the Sudbury model.

Princeton Learning Cooperative

A community of teenagers engaging in Self-Directed Education instead of attending conventional schools, to create a life and education based on their interests, strengths and goals.

Raritan Learning Cooperative

A community of teenagers engaging in Self-Directed Education instead of attending conventional schools, to create a life and education based on their interests, strengths and goals.

South Jersey Sudbury School

A school for ages 4-19 where students have the dignity of designing their own curriculum, tailored to their goals and aspirations.

New Mexico


Tutorial School

A democratic school that values autonomy, responsibility, and freedom, and provides its students, age 8-18, with a flexible learning experience within a caring, nurturing environment.

New York


Agile Learning Center NYC

An independent school for self-directed learners. The ALC model adapts simple tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation to support young people in engaging with their passions and curiosities.

Brooklyn Free School

A pre-K-12 school with a focus on social justice, facilitating student-centered learning through play and exploration, democratic decision-making, constructivist teaching, collaborative course work and self-directed student initiatives.

Cottonwood Cooperative, NYC

A learning cooperative where education is community-focused, democratic, nature-inspired, and project/play-based.

Deep Root Center for Self- Directed Learning

A facility within the Liberated Learners network with a mission to support young people who are struggling in traditional school for various reasons to rise out of that situation to take charge of their education.

Dida Academy

A student-centered community for project-based learning through design and technology.

Flying Squad - Brooklyn

An SDE community specifically designed to encourage young people to take back their city and to again be accepted in society as autonomous individuals in a communal space.

Hudson Valley Sudbury School

An alternative, private school for students ages 5 to 18, based on the educational philosophy first developed by the Sudbury Valley School.

Ohio


SPARK Homeschool Co-op

A secular, diverse and inclusive community of homeschooling families that thrive in a self-directed learning environment.

The Antioch School

The oldest democratic school in the country offering child-centered programs for nursery, kindergarten, and traditional grade school ages in mixed-age groups.

Oklahoma


Rivers & Roads ALC

A self-directed alternative to traditional schooling for students in Oklahoma City ages 3-18.

Oregon


Alder Commons

Alder Commons will be a community space where kids and adults alike can attend workshops & classes, and spend their time freely. Our members will be co-workers, makers, and learners of all ages.

Cascadia Learning Cooperative

A secular, choice-based education cooperative following the Agile Learning Center model, whose goal is to enrich learning and build community for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and self-directed learners of all ages in the Eugene/Springfield area.

Eugene Sudbury School

A democratic immersion program based on the Sudbury model and serving K-12 students. Also runs a play-based preschool.

Marrow

Marrow aims to empower teens to take ownership over their education, and to foster a community of youth who are visually, socially, and culturally literate.

Village Free School

A private, independent, non-profit, democratic free school for children ages 5 to 18, in Portland, Oregon. Along with individual freedom, students work together to create their community and shape their daily lives.

Village Home Education Resource Center

An inclusive homeschooling support community with campuses in Beaverton, NE Portland, and Salem, offering a variety of elective classes, activities, and other resources for homeschooling and unschooling families.

Pennsylvania


Bucks Learning Cooperative

A community for teenagers engaging in Self-Directed Education instead of attending conventional schools, to create a life and education based on their interests, strengths and goals.

Natural Creativity

An education center for students ages 4-17, focusing on developing creativity, compassion, and collaboration among young people and community members.

Open Connections

A learning community for youth, age 2-18, focused on process consciousness and partnership learning.

Philly ALC School

Philly ALC School is a supporting environment where young people age 5-18 explore and self-direct their learning through cycles of intention, reflection and inspiration.

Philly Free School

At the Philly Free School, students ages 4-19 explore freely, think critically, and work collaboratively, across ages, to govern themselves and their school.

Talking Stick Learning Center

Self-directed, topic-based programs for homeschoolers held on 55 acres of nature parkland. Talking Stick provides a safe and supportive space that respects the individual and nurtures children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn.

The Circle School

An independent day school for children ages 4-19, founded in 1984 . The Circle School balances freedom and responsibility in a self-directed, democratic community.

The Hive

A community of home educated learners aged 6-12 who gather to explore and create together or alongside one another.

Three Rivers Village School

A democratic school serving youth, age 5-19, inspired by Sudbury Valley School, the Circle School, and Albany Free School.

Tennessee


Nashville Sudbury School

A full time private Sudbury model school in Nashville where children, ages 4 to 18, direct their own learning in a participatory democracy.

Simply Sudbury

A self-directed education learning center for registered homeschoolers in Nashville, TN.

Texas


Abrome

A Self-Directed Education learning community where people ages 5-19 come together to play and engage in “deep, meaningful, enduring learning experiences that allow them to lead remarkable lives” — free from coercion, hierarchy, and standardization

Clearview Sudbury School

A secular, private, Sudbury-model school in Austin, Texas, that provides a healthy, supportive environment in which students from kindergarten through high school take charge of their own education.

EPIC Life Learning Community

EPIC is an intentional learning community serving ages 4-18 by offering a rich, supportive space for children to thrive by empowering them to engage with their interests and the world around them.

Houston AltED Co-Op

We are a learning cooperative of elementary aged homeschooled children. Our foundation is a parents’ facilitated hybrid of self-directed & progressive education.

Houston Sudbury School

A non-profit, democratically-run, Sudbury-model (100% self-directed learning) school for Houston area children ages 5-18.

Makarios Community School

A progressive private school serving families with children ages 3-18 by supporting self-directed learning in an environment that balances freedom and responsibility and prepares young people to thrive in today’s complex world.

Sudbury Schoolhouse

Serving the children and young adults age 6 to 18. Our students have complete autonomy in their education, and the school is run by a direct democracy in which students and staff are equals.

Yawp!

A place for families to connect, founded by fans of Self-Directed Education, run by volunteers, and open to all.

Utah


Alpine Valley Academy

Our mission is to provide a respectful environment of freedom, trust, and responsibility where students can prepare for the future through self-directed learning.

Sego Lily School

A democratic school for children (age 3-18) that follows a philosophy of “Learning Through Living,” values all activities equally, and strives to create a community in which all people are honored for their unique gifts.

Virginia


Raw Learning

A place for children to come together using their own curiosity as a guide for what they will discover next. Facilitators act as adult mentors to support deeper investigation into the specific interests of each child.

Unarvu Education

An Agile Learning Community that activates explosive learning by harnessing powerful tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing our students to deeply engage with the world through their passions and strengths.

Vermont


Green Mountain ALC

A cooperative community of self-directed learners serving young people ages 4-18.

Washington


Mid-Columbia Self-Directed Education

MCSDE supports families in empowering children and teens to take the lead in their own education by exploring their interests and the world around them using the vast amount of tools and resources available throughout their community.

Self Design Graduate Institute

Self Directed Masters Program with many dedicated faculty experts to choose from and learn with, using video conferencing and low residence locales.

West Virginia


Better with Thyme

A multi-family permaculture farm, currently seeking families of self-directed learners to join us!

Other


South Africa

Riverstone Village

Self-Directed Learning Community in Johannesburg South Africa, inspired by Sudbury Valley School and “University” of Robben Island. Participatory non-punitive problem-solving rather than JC. Actively tackles human diversity and Children’s Rights

Other

NatureGlo's eScience Unschool

NatureGlo’s eScience Unschool is an online eLearning center offering weekly personalized unschool parent and student coaching for struggling homeschoolers wanting to transition to unschooling.

Peer Unschooling Network (PUN)

A digital community for teen unschoolers to make friends, discuss projects, question the meaning of life, and support those interested in self-directed learning to take the leap.

School Without Frontiers

An open movement which supports democratic, nomadic and agile education by removing partitions in all spheres of learning.

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