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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.
A space where learning is a collaborative, creative and self-determined activity.
Cairo Based Self-Directed Learning Community
A start-up group aiming to open an international Agile Learning Center in Barcelona in 2019.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A K-12, mixed-age homeschool enrichment program using emergent curriculum and democratic decision making.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
A full-time learning center for children age 5-12. Part of ALC network.
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 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 Liberated Learners center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where youth are supported in leaving school and taking charge of their own learning.
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.
A Liberated Learners center in Dover, New Hampshire, where youth are supported in leaving school and taking charge of their own learning.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Alder Commons will be a community center that offers a co-working space for adults and teens, as well as facilitated self-directed education for young people.
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.
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.
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
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.
An inclusive, choice-based learning community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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