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Schools

SDE-aligned schools satisfy the legal requirements of compulsory schooling laws while giving students as much freedom as possible to direct their own education.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arts & Ideas Sudbury School

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

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.

CEREHARD

Re-Design ngo Resource Center for Holistic Education

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.

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.

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.

Diablo Valley School

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

Donum Felix

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Eugene Sudbury School

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

Fairhaven School

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

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.

Flow ALC

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

Gastonia Freedom School

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

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.

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.

Houston Sudbury School

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

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.

Jersey Shore Free School

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

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.

Kaleidoscope ALC

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Okinawa Sudbury School

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

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.

Render ALC

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

Rivers & Roads ALC

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

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

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.

Saint Louis Sudbury School

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

School of Joy

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

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.

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。

Sligo Sudbury School

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

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.

Spark ALC

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sudburyschool Harderwijk

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

Sunset Sudbury School

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

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.

Tallgrass Sudbury School

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

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.

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.

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 Miami Sudbury School

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

The New School

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

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.

Three Rivers Village School

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ypsi ALC

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

makED - Make Education

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

u.school

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

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.

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