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a self-directed learning co-op that’s working parent friendly.
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.
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.
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.
The first Agile Learning Center in Brazil serving as a learning community for young people and adults.
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.
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.
A learning community supported by the Foxglove Democratic Learning Society.
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.
Multi-age, year-round programs for free play in the forest, including summer camps and programs for toddlers and younger kids with caregivers.
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.
free, self-determined learning in a democratically organized, sudbury-inspired school community.
Demokratická a svobodná škola, jejímiž hlavními východisky jsou důvěra k vnitřnímu směřování dítěte a důraz na učení založeném na vnitřní motivaci.
Democratic School, no compulsory testing/grading, see website for more details.
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.
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!
Eine demokratische Schule für eine sich verändernde Welt.
A democratic school founded in 2009.
A space where learning is a collaborative, creative and self-determined activity.
et tilknytningsbaseret hjemmeunderviserfællesskab med rødder i den selvstyrede læring.
Cairo Based Self-Directed Learning Community
A start-up group aiming to open an international Agile Learning Center in Barcelona in 2019.
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.
Bilingual and Democratic School of the Eastern Pyrénées.
A dynamic Sudbury-inspired democratic school in Paris. Free of programs, schedules, and age-based classes!
The first Sudbury model democratic school in Lyon, with fulfillment and happiness at the heart of its pedagogy.
Une école démocratique à 15 minutes de Montpellier pour les 3 à 19 ans. Ouverte depuis Octobre 2017.
A Sudbury-inspired democratic school in Quimper.
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.
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-collège-lycée démocratique d’inspiration Sudbury, à Strasbourg. Inscriptions possibles tout au long de l’année, pour des jeunes de 6 à 20 ans.
Une école démocratique selon le modèle de la Sudbury Valley 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.
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.
This is a group of parents which supports each other in Self Directed Education by arranging regular meetings and activities.
Community practicing reforestation, water conservation, sustainable living and self-directed education.
Quest is a space dedicated to learning, discovery, fun, and creativity, for learners of all kinds, age groups, interests, and abilities.
Italy’s first ALC, a self-directed learning community for ages 6-14.
A 21st century style school for children aged 4-19.
Education that trusts children’s ability to respect and choose their lives. Full time, 5-18 years old.
Tokyo’s first Sudbury-model school, established in 2009.
¡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!
Somos facilitadores, educadores, emprendedores, homeschoolers y algunos otros somos padres que estamos cambiando la educación para el siglo 21.
Espacio para niños desescolarizados a partir de 6 años de edad, eventos, talleres, convivencia, asesorías y tutorías. Acompañamiento a padres homeschoolers
Primer Centros de Aprendizaje Ágil en Quintana Roo; Otorgamos el 100% de la responsabilidad a quien aprende, a través una educación auto-dirigida.
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.
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.
A Sudbury model school that was founded in 2014. Staff have a long history of experience with Self-Directed Education since 2003.
A sociocratic learning environment/school where we facilitate intrinsic motivation, as well as friendship, fun and fulfillment.
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.
A Liberated Learners center near Manila, Philippines that helps young people direct their educations outside of the traditional school system.
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.
Re-Design ngo Resource Center for Holistic Education
an agile, self-directed learning community for children ages 6-13 who are enrolled in a school, homeschooling, or unschoolers.
an Agile Learning Center in Cluj-Napoca, practicing and promoting free learning.
Syrian Arab Republic
a sudbury model founded in 1994.
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 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.
Currently restructuring and working towards becoming an Agile Learning Centre (ALC), similar to how The Green House has been evolving since 2014.
A private school in NW Ireland for 6-18 year olds, the ethos being self-guided learning, community & democracy.
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.
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.
A Liberated Learners Center opening January 2020.
An Agile Learning Community in Fresno, California, dedicated to cultivating an environment that nurtures children’s natural desire to learn.
A Sudbury model school in Contra Costa County serving students ages 5-19 since 1997.
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 […]
An Agile Learning Community for self-directed learners ages 5-19.
3-5 day per week program for registered homeschoolers that is fully mobile, with a field trip each day and learning through experiences.
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.
An inclusive agile learning community serving homeschoolers in California’s Central Valley.
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 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.
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.
A free community workshop that provides maker education and technology to the public in a creative and inclusive environment.
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.
Provides an environment that supports freedom of expression for children and teens (age 4-19) and continuous learning through curiosity, play, and social interaction.
A Liberated Learners center serving youth, age 9-18, both full- and part-time.
An independent K-12 school for self-directed learners, launching in January 2020 in the Groton/New London area.
A democratically run school open to the possibilities afforded by freedom, respect and trust for all.
A child-centered school based on the ideals of Summerhill, Sudbury Valley School, and Lev Vygotsky.
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.
A free school serving ages 5-12. Also offers a summer program.
A unique agile learning environment dedicated to supporting families who are exploring alternative and supplemental learning opportunities in Tampa Bay
A community of self-directed learners freely creating, playing, collaborating, exploring, sharing, and discovering the world.
A Sudbury model school founded in 1997.
A non-profit, K-12 school located in Ft Lauderdale, FL. We offer self-directed learning in a supportive community environment.
A democratic K-12 school that empowers children through freedom & responsibility for truly innovative experiential learning and personal growth.
A cooperative, learner-centered, and self-directed community, rooted in a radical Black queer feminist politic.
An Agile Learning Center based just outside of Athens, GA supporting kids ages 5-14.
A cooperative learning community rooted in the principles of Self-Directed Education & Natural Learning.
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.
Playgroups and park days for unschooling/SDE families.
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.
A collaborative community focused on student-led and self-directed education.
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.
An agile learning community.
An SDE community for events, trips, and playgroups in the Lake County, IL and surrounding areas.
A prospective Sudbury School in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Based on freedom, trust, and respect, Tallgrass welcomes students (age 4-18) from throughout the Chicago area.
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.
A secular group of unschoolers, self-directed learners, and relaxed homeschoolers in Louisville Kentucky. Weekly meetups! A place to support and share about unschooling, Self-Directed Education, relaxed homeschooling and more. A place to share ideas
A full-time learning center for children age 5-12. Part of ALC network.
A safe place where children can enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as they design their individual path to adulthood.
A non-coercive environment for students ages 10-19, with no grades, tests, or specific curricular requirements.
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
A self-directed learning center for teens.
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.
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.
An alternative to school designed to facilitate and promote self-directed learning and the creative use of technical skills, run by a makerspace.
A democratic school for students, ages 4-19, founded in 1968 on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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.
A democratic school for ages 5-18, with core principles of trust, autonomy, justice, and learning through play.
A Sudbury model school serving students age 5-18. Founded in 1998 and located in a rural setting.
A democratic free school serving ages 5-18, opened in 2010, and operated collaboratively by the students, staff and parents.
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.
A co-created space for young people to direct their own learning in community.
Missouri’s first Sudbury-model school, offering fully Self-Directed Education in a democratic context for students age 5-18.
U.school is a democratic, micro school using downtown Springfield, MO as its classroom.
An independent k-12 school for self-directed learners.
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.
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.
A pre-K to 8 private school and homeschool resource center for self-directed children with disabilities.
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.
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.
A homeschool co-op in Wilmington, NC, which promotes self-directed education through use of ALC tools.
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.
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.
A Liberated Learners center in Dover, New Hampshire, where youth are supported in leaving school and taking charge of their own learning.
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.
A private, nonprofit, nontraditional K-12 democratic community school based on the Sudbury model.
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.
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.
A school for ages 4-19 where students have the dignity of designing their own curriculum, tailored to their goals and aspirations.
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.
A self-directed learning center for children ages 5-11, offering diverse, informal, and optional workshops taught by staff, parents, kids, and volunteers in the community.
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.
A play-based homeschool coop.
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.
A learning cooperative where education is community-focused, democratic, nature-inspired, and project/play-based.
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.
A student-centered community for project-based learning through design and technology.
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.
An alternative, private school for students ages 5 to 18, based on the educational philosophy first developed by the Sudbury Valley School.
A Sudbury model school for ages 5-18, located on a working farm.
A self-directed homeschool resource center for students age 10-19.
A secular, diverse and inclusive community of homeschooling families that thrive in a self-directed learning environment.
The oldest democratic school in the country offering child-centered programs for nursery, kindergarten, and traditional grade school ages in mixed-age groups.
A facebook support group and weekly free play meet ups in Centeral Oklahoma. Come play with us!
A self-directed alternative to traditional schooling for students in Oklahoma City ages 3-18.
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.
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.
A democratic immersion program based on the Sudbury model and serving K-12 students. Also runs a play-based preschool.
A one-day-a-week self-directed community group for youth ages 8-12, and 13-17.
A space in Corvallis, OR where kids are empowered to learn what, when, and how they want; gathering as a group in public locations 1-5 days a week.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
An education center for students ages 4-17, focusing on developing creativity, compassion, and collaboration among young people and community members.
A learning community for youth, age 2-18, focused on process consciousness and partnership learning.
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.
At the Philly Free School, students ages 4-19 explore freely, think critically, and work collaboratively, across ages, to govern themselves and their school.
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.
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.
A community of home educated learners aged 6-12 who gather to explore and create together or alongside one another.
A democratic school serving youth, age 5-19, inspired by Sudbury Valley School, the Circle School, and Albany Free School.
A full time private Sudbury model school in Nashville where children, ages 4 to 18, direct their own learning in a participatory democracy.
A self-directed education learning center for registered homeschoolers in Nashville, TN.
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
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.
A democratic school serving students age 5-18. Also offers drop-in classes.
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.
We are a learning cooperative of elementary aged homeschooled children. Our foundation is a parents’ facilitated hybrid of self-directed & progressive education.
A non-profit, democratically-run, Sudbury-model (100% self-directed learning) school for Houston area children ages 5-18.
Located in Fairview, Texas, ILA supports teens/tweens to be successful self-directed learners so they can thrive in school and in life.
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 self-directed learning community serving New Braunfels, TX and surrounding communities
An inclusive, choice-based learning community.
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.
A place for families to connect, founded by fans of Self-Directed Education, run by volunteers, and open to all.
Our mission is to provide a respectful environment of freedom, trust, and responsibility where students can prepare for the future through self-directed learning.
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.
A community and resource center based on the North Star model for youth ages 13-19. Embark is a member of the Liberated Learners network.
An agile learning community where children are free to learn.
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.
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.
A cooperative community of self-directed learners serving young people ages 4-18.
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 Directed Masters Program with many dedicated faculty experts to choose from and learn with, using video conferencing and low residence locales.
A community of homeschoolers ages 3 -18, with a K-12 program and a Field & Forest Outdoor Preschool program.
A democratic free school that serves the greater Seattle area.
A multi-family permaculture farm, currently seeking families of self-directed learners to join us!
A Sudbury democratic boarding and day school in West Virginia since 1981.
An annual camp for unschoolers and homeschoolers, age 13-18, in Oregon and Vermont.
A nurturing, Self-Directed space with a mix of learners between ages 4 – 19 sharing an intimate space for maximum 25 full-time and part-time kids.
An open agile learning space for Self-Directed Education.
A space to De-Colonize and Re-Imagine ourselves and our learning.
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
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.
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.
An open movement which supports democratic, nomadic and agile education by removing partitions in all spheres of learning.
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