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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.

If you're a member of ASDE, and you're connected to an SDE community that is not listed below, please add it to the directory.


ALC São Paulo

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



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

Windsor House School

A democratic, parent-participation K-12 school, publicly funded and administered through the Gulf Islands School District.


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.

Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning

A Liberated Learners center that supports young people, age 9-18. Guided by an advisor, learners at Compass take responsibility for their own educations, envisioning and realizing their own goals at their own pace.

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.


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.




Cocreo Barcelona

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


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.


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.


makED - Make Education

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


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.

United Kingdom

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.

United States


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.

Free to Learn ALC

An Agile Learning Community for self-directed learners ages 5-19.

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.


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.

Natural Learners

A K-12, mixed-age homeschool enrichment program using emergent curriculum and democratic decision making.

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.


District of Columbia

D.C. Village Learning Cooperative

A learning center for children ages 3-14, dedicated to innovative learning, where children work at their own pace and follow their passions.


The New School

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


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.

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.



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.

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.


Tallgrass Sudbury School

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


Wichita Sudbury School

Gives students (age 5-18) control of their own learning and runs on the principles of democracy, trust, and respect. Students are free to explore their passions and creativity while learning to thrive in a community of others.


Mosaic Sudbury School

Students at Mosaic (ages 5-18) decide what to do with their time and learn through experience in an environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity. All students and staff have an equal vote on all aspects of school operations.


Dat School

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


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

Ingenuity Hub

A school alternative for 13- to 18-year-olds who struggle in traditional settings. Affiliated with the Liberated Learners network.

JP Green School

A learning community for homeschoolers, serving 30 children in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

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.

North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

A center in Sunderland, MA that supports teenagers to find ways to learn and excel outside of conventional middle school and high school. A Liberated Learners member center.

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.


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.


Little Lake Learning Community

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

Open Doors for Teens

A center for teens, a member of the Liberated Learners Network, and a division of The Geek Group National Science Center.

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


Cottonwood ALC

An independent k-12 school for self-directed learners.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Rivers & Roads ALC

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


Eugene Sudbury School

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

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.


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 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.


Simply Sudbury

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



A year-round learning community where young people, age 5 to 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.

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.


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


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.


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.


West Virginia

Better with Thyme

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

The Highland School

A Sudbury democratic boarding and day school in West Virginia since 1981.



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.

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.

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