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There are over 200 places offering democratic education in more than 30 countries, working with over 40,000 students

 

Democratic school in Argentina :   Escuela de la Nueva Cultura La Cecilia
Updated details

Address:  Ruta Provincial N° 5 Km 3, 3014 Monte Vera, Santa Fe, Argentina

Contact:   Ginés del Castillo

Email:

Telephone: +54 342 4904151

Website: www.lacecilia.org

Number of Students:    90

Age range: 3 -19

Languages:    Spanish

Principles:    Freedom, respect, care, no punishment, no imposed teaching.
Democracy, daily meeting. Self-knowledge.

Democratic school in Austria :    Lernwerkstatt im Wasserschloss

Address:  3140 Pottenbrunn, Josef Trautmandorfstrasse 10, Austria

Contact:   Norbert Mlinar

Email:   

Telephone:    43 2782 822 37

Number of Students:    70 Age range 6 - 15

Languages:    German, English and Spanish

Principles:    Trust in children's curiosity and will to learn, respect for individual needs. No whole-class instruction, exams or marks. Each child decides what to do each day, choosing from a wide range of opportunities for play and study, and activities offered by staff.
 

Democratic school in Australia :   Booroobin Sudbury Democratic Centre of Learning

Address:  29 - 45 Skerman Lane, Booroobin, Queensland 4552, Australia

Contact:   Derek Sheppard

Email:    updated details

Telephone:    61 07 54 999944

Website:    www.booroobin.com

Number of Students:    Age range 4 - 19

Languages:    English

Principles:    Young people learn what they need to know, asking questions, thinking for themselves, making choices about what they learn and how they spend their time, taking responsibility for all the out
comes. It is run democratically by the Students and the elected Staff, with support from parents.

Democratic school in Australia :   Brisbane Independent School Updated Details

Address:  2447 Moggill Road, Pullenvale, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Contact:   Jenny Mansfield

Email:   

Telephone:    00 61 07 3378 5466

Website:    http://www.bis.org.au/

Number of Students:    31        Age range: 5 - 12

Languages:    English

Principles:    A BIS education is about freedom to make self-aware choices that empower us to follow our passions. These values permeate every facet of our parent-managed school, student meetings and staff council.

Democratic school in Australia :   Currambena Pre-School and Primary

Address:  205 Longueville Road, Lane Cove, Sydney, NSW 2066, Australia

Contact:   Christina

Email:   

Telephone:    0061 9427 0644

Website:    www/currambena.nsw.edu.au

Number of Students:    100 Age range 3- 13

Languages:    English

Principles:    Established in 1969 and run by an elected parent/teacher council. Decisions made democratically throughout the school including at class and school meetings. Basic principles: respect for individuals, whole child development, valuing trust and building relationships, open communication.

Democratic school in Austria :   Die Hupfauer Updated details

Address:  4281 Moenchdorf, Moenchwald 29, Austria

Contact:   Brigitte Edler

Number of Students:    Age range

Languages:    German

Principles:    Co-operative projects with young people from the widest possible variety of backgrounds, usually residential and involving the creative arts: emphasis on freedom and self-direction: the purpose is to combat alienation, prejudice and consumerism: based in Austia and Turkey.
Democratic school in Austria :   Die Hupfauer Updated details

Address:  4281 Moenchdorf, Moenchwald 29, Austria

Contact:   Brigitte Edler

Number of Students:    Age range

Languages:    German

Principles:    Co-operative projects with young people from the widest possible variety of backgrounds, usually residential and involving the creative arts: emphasis on freedom and self-direction: the purpose is to combat alienation, prejudice and consumerism: based in Austia and Turkey.

Democratic school in Australia :   Kinma Primary, Preschool and Playgroup new details

Address:  127 Coolowie Rd, Terrey Hills NSW 2084, Australia

Contact:  Julie Carr (School Manager)

Email:   

Telephone:   +61 2 9450 0738

Website: www.kinma.nsw.edu.au

Number of Students:    90

Age range 0 - 13

Languages:    English

Principles:   Our students are immersed in the creation of a democratic community. Play is at the centre of our learning program, and we actively foster the development of children as independent, self-motivated learners and socially responsible members of the community.

Democratic school in Austria :   Schueler Innenschule

Address:  Waehringerstrasse 59, 1170 Vienna, Austria

Contact:   Claudia Gerhartl/Claudia Di Constanzo

Email:   

Telephone:    43 1 408 20939

Website:    www.schuelerinnenschule.at

Number of Students:    35 - 40 Age range 10 - 15

Languages:    German

Principles:    Self-government; parental involvement in running school in areas not directly the concern of the students; voluntary attendance at projects and lessons; learning in wider contexts and relations (not splitting into 'subjects') and co-defined with students; no pedagogical dogmas - influences from many theories, schools and, above all, current students and staff; no exams or marks.

Democratic school in Belgium :   Leerhuis Brussel new details

Address:  Oude Abdij, Abdijdreef 22, 3070 Kortenberg, Belgium

Contact:  Sandra Roobaert

Email:   

Web site: http://www.hetleerhuis.org/

Telephone:   0032 486 68 91 87

Number of Students:   10 (including staff)

Age range: 15

Languages:    Dutch, French, English

Principles:    Sudbury principles, i.e. self-directed activity in a democratic setting.

Democratic school in Brazil :   Escola Lumiar

Address:  Rua Bela Cintra, 561 CEP 01415-000.Sao Paolo (SP), Brazil

Contact:   Marina Nordi

Email:    Updated Details

Telephone:    55 11 3256 7092

Website:    www.lumiar.org.br

Number of Students:    91

Age range 0-14

Languages:    Portuguese, English

Principles:    All the decisions are taken at the School Meeting that gathers students and staff every week; and the students are free to choose the projects they want to follow and organise their routine together with the educators.

Democratic school in Brazil :   Teia Multicultural School New details

Address:  Lincoln Albuquerque, 312 - 05004-010 Sao Paulo – SP Brazil

Contact:   Rosa or Ludmila

Email:   

Telephone:    011-7744-2695 or 011-3872-1035

Website:   www.teiamulticultural.com.br

Number of Students:    70

Age range 1,7 to 10 years old

Languages:    Portuguese

Principles:    All students and staff gather every week in the school meetings, to build the rules and discuss the conflicts. The key point of Teia curriculum is that all projects are organised around one great theatre project, a collective play. The students are distributed in 5 cycles considering age, interests and ability to read and write.

Democratic school in Brazil :   Politeia School New details

Address:  Rua Dona Germaine Burchard, 511 - 05002-062 - São Paulo - SP - Brasil.

Contact:   Carolina Sumie Ramos

Email:   

Telephone:    + 55 11 3803-9805

Website:   www.escola.politeia.org.br/ and www.politeia.org.br/

Number of Students:    15

Age range 11 -14 (For the time being)

Principles:    All the decisions are taken at the School Meeting that gathers students and staff every week.
The curriculum is project-based and is built by students and staff.

Our values are: democracy, freedon with responsibility, diversity and sustainability.

Democratic school in Canada :   Alpha II Alternative School Updated Details

Address:  1141 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M6H1M9, Canada

Contact:   Dr Carol Nash (Co-founder, Parent) or Marina DeLuca Howard (parent)

Email:   

Telephone:    416 393 0501

Website:    www.tdsb.on.ca/SchoolWeb/Alpha2/

Number of Students:   20 elementary students and 44 secondary

Age range 12-18

Languages:    English

Principles:    Alpha II--a publicly funded school practicing self-direction and consensus decision-making based on the inclusion of everyone's voice. Students, parents, staff and administration are considered equal Community members. Disagreements between members are resolved with mutual respect using a conflict resolution process.

Democratic school in Canada :   Windsor House

Address:  2131 Hamilton Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, Canada V7P 2M3

Contact:   Meghan Carrico

Email:   

Number of Students:    175 Age range 5 - 18

Languages:    English

Principles:    A non-coercive, democratic, parent-involvement, multi-age public school with a belief that learning is a satisfying experience for those who are running their own lives.

Democratic school in Chile :    yasnaia poliana updated details

Address:  Nataniel cox 2020. Santiago de Chile

Contact:   Acharya Díaz Painén

Email:   

Telephone:    554 54 69

Website:    www.escuelademocratica.cl.kz o www.escuelademocratica.blogspot.com

Languages:    español

Principles:    Deseamos crear la primera escuela democrática de Chile, con base Summerhill. 30 personas trabajan con nosotros en forma voluntaria y ocasionalmente, la mayoría estudiantes de pedagogía, artistas y niños.

Democratic school in Denmark :    Bernadotteskolen

Address:  Hellerupvej 11, 2900 Hellerup, DENMARK

Contact:   Per Rahbek

Email:   

Telephone:    + 45 39 62 12 15

Website:    www.bernadottenskolen.dk


Number of Students:    586

Age range 6 - 16

Languages:    Danish, English, German, French

Principles:    A democratic atmosphere of mutual respect among children and adults: a realistic vision of the world that we live in.

Democratic school in Denmark :    Det frie Gymnasium og Grundskole

Address:  Moellegade, 26 DK 2200, Copenhagen, Denmark

Contact:   David Simonsen

Email:   

Telephone:   0045 35371111

Website:    www.detfri.dk

Number of Students:    800

Age range 14 - 25

Languages:    Danish, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Principles:   The school emphasizes democracy by practicing it through the weekly school meeting and numerous preparing committees. The school also strives to create a non-hierarchical and equal relation between all members of the school.

Democratic school in Finland :   Feeniks-koulu (Phoenix School)

Address:  Savilankatu 2 D 62, 00250 Helsinki, Finland

Contact:   Marko Koskinen

Email:    marko (at) feeniks-koulu.fi

Telephone:    +358-45-6305124 (mobile)

Website:    http://www.feeniks-koulu.fi

Number of Students:    10 Age range mostly 12 - 15

Principles:    : Feeniks-koulu is the first Finnish democratic school based officially on home-schooling. The School started in 2005 and is open to young people of all ages. At the moment our students are mostly 12-15 yo. The school gets no government funding and operates mostly on volunteer work. At the moment we also have no school building. We meet at a public library.

Democratic school in France :    La Ferme Des Enfants New Details

Address: Route de Chaulet – 07230 Lablachère - France

Contact:   Sophie Rabhi (director) – Isabelle Samson (teacher)

Email:  

Website:    www.la-ferme-des-enfants.com

Number of Students:    50

Age range: 3-12

Languages:    French

Principles:   The school offers many activities linked to farming, and the natural world. The basic teaching equipment is Montessori’s, but other influences include Freinet. At the weekly meetings with all the pupils rules, organization and conflicts are settled. All generations live together and participate in the life of the school.

Democratic school in Egypt :    Community Domashniy Rebenok new details

Address:  Sinai, Egypt, Nuweiba, Habiba Village

Contact:   Katerina Perkhova

Email:   

Telephone:    (+20) 01516684296

Website:    http://domrebenok.com

Number of Students/members:   14

Age range 15 - 18

Languages:    English, Russian, Arabic

Principles:    A community where parents are the educators, inspired by our own children, Summerhill, Sugata Mitra (hole-in-the-wall computers), Miloslav Balaban's park-school system, Celestin Freinet and Plato. Curriculum based on ideas of democratic education and unschooling.

Democratic school in France :   Ecole Nouvelle et College La Prairie

Address:  1 Rue des Nefliers, 31400 Toulouse, France

Contact:   Jean-Pierre Quayret

Email:     Updated Details

Number of Students:    500 Age range 2 - 16

Languages:    French

Principles:    The learner is in charge: the adult watches, helps, guides and supports. Democratic decision-making, self-evaluation, co-operation, alternation of individual and group work.
Name: Bildungsschule Harzberg new details

Address: Am Harzberg 1, D-32676 Lügde, Germany

Contact: Falko & Stefanie Peschel (founders, owners, heads, practising teachers)

Email: Info.BSH at web.de

Telephone: (0049) 5282-969694-0

Website: www.Bildungsschule-Harzberg.de

Number of students/members: max. 31 Age range: 5-11

Languages spoken: German, (English)

Basic principles/activities :
Practical democracy not only in several daily meetings, but in the way the kids learn autonomously: there are no textbooks, no worksheets, no courses at all. The kids learn very successful all by themselves in filling blank sheets with their own productions.

Democratic school in Germany :   Demokratische Bildung Berlin e.v. updated details

Address:  Sternstrasse 11, 13359 Berlin, Germany

Contact:   Martin Wilke

Email:   

Web Site: www.demokratische-schule-x.de/

Number of Students:    Age range 5 - 16

Languages:    German, English

Principles:    The concept of the school has been approved by the Berlin Ministry of Education in July 2010. Demokratische Schule X is going to open during the school year 2010/2011

Democratic school in Germany :   Freie Schule Leipzig-Connewitz e.V   Updated Details

Address:  Alte Salzstraße 67, 04209 Leipzig,

Contact:   Henrik Ebenbeck

Email:   

Telephone:    49 (0) 341 301 3343

Website:    www.freie-schule-leipzig.de

Number of Students:    140 Age range 6 - 18

Languages:    German, English

Principles:    Students decide when, what and with whom they learn; democratic structure (keeps growing); Freinet principles.

Democratic school in Germany :   Kapriole

Address:  Oberrieder Strasse 20, 79117 Freiburg, Germany

Email:   

Telephone:    49 761 707 3674

Website:    www.kapriole-freiburg.de

Number of Students 98 Age Range 6 - 15 (later 18 or 20)

Languages:    German, English

Principles:    Children/teenagers do/learn what, where and how they want all the time: weekly meetings (parliament) discuss school business/activities: until now staff not elected by children. (That may change.)

Democratic school in Germany :   Leonardo

Address:  Jenzigweg 37, 07749 Jena, Germany

Contact:   Arno Lange

Email:   

Website:    www.leonardo-jena.de

Number of Students 15 per year-group Age Range 10 - 11 in August 2007

Languages:    German, English

Principles:    Personal responsibility for learning, tutorial advice, projects and teaching outside subject boundaries, some bilingual teaching, understandig rather than amassing information, both individual and co-operative work, development of individual talents, democratic relationship between teachers and taught.

Democratic school in Germany :   Netzwerk-Schule new details

Address:  Marchlewskistraße 40, 10243 Berlin, Germany

Contact:  Mike Weimann

Email:   

Telephone:    49 (0)30 40393340

Website:    www.netzwerkspielkultur.de/schule/

Number of Students:   23 currently, to be increased.

Age range: 5 -14 years, up to 16 possible

Languages:    German; English mother-tongue teacher available

Principles:    Self-direction in matters that only concern individuals and joint decision-making in matters that concern everyone.

• Young people from years one to ten sharing a communal life at school

• Acceptance for children with disabilities

• Involvement with the neighbourhood and the local environment.

Democratic school in Germany :   TING-Schule  New Details

Address:  Berliner Str. 100, 13189 Berlin, Germany

Contact:  Carsten Schmidt

Email:   

Telephone:  +49 30 47004506

Website:    www.ting-schule.de

Number of Students:    40

Age range: 5 - 16

Languages:   German, English

Principles:   Students and staff have an equal vote in our weekly School Meeting, where all decisions concerning every day school life (e.g. school rules, financial decisions, elections) are made. Every morning the Judicial Committee deals with rule breaches. Each student is free to follow her or his own way of learning and to set their own goals.

Democratic school in Guatamala :   Miguel Angel Asturias Academy  New Details

Address:  13 Calle 24-43 Zona 3, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Contact:   Steve Mullaney

Email:   

Telephone:    Guatemala phone: (502) 5317-6711, US phone: 763-219-1450

Website:    www.asturiasacademy.org

Number of Students:    300 Age range 4 - 20

Languages:    Spanish, Q’uiche, and all students are taking English classes

Principles:    The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy uses popular education which urges students to transform their reality and technical education which gives low-income youth a foothold in the economy the Asturias Academy to break down barriers for indigenous and female students and transform Guatemala through education.

Democratic school in Hungary :   Rogers Person Centered High School new details

Address:  Konkoly Thege Miklós u. 21. 1121 Budapest, Hungary

Contact:   Máté Kovács

Email:   

Web site: http://www.rogers-kozepiskola.hu

Telephone:    36 20 3645112

Number of Students:    40 Age range 14-22

Languages:    Hungarian, English

Principles:    Confidence, authentic personality, positive acceptance (accepting people as they are), empathy.

Democratic school in Holland :   Democratic School Terra Incognita
New details

Address:  Dorpsstraat 30, 5432BZ Bergharen, The Netherlands

Contact:   Ilja van Bemmel

Email:

Telephone: +31-487-724374

Website: http://terra-incognita.nu

Number of Students:    15

Age range: 5-17

Languages:    Dutch, English and Sign-language (but also German, Spanish, Russian capable)

Principles:    The schools founding principles are freedom, equality and democracy. The schoolmeeting is the principal authority. Decisions are made using the socioratic method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociocracy.(external link).

Democratic school in Hungary :   Carl Rogers Person-Centred School new details

Address:  Aga utca 10, 1113 Budapest, Hungary

Contact:   Eva Kaderjak

Email:   

Web site: http://www.rogersiskola.hu/

Telephone:    3 61 209 3609

Number of Students:    120 Age range 7-15

Languages:    Hungarian, English

Principles:    Confidence, authentic personality, positive acceptanc (accepting people as they are), empathy

Democratic school in India :    Butterflies Programme of Street and Working Children updated details

Address:  U4 First Floor, Green Park Extension, New Delhi 110 016, India

Contact:   Rita Panicker

Email:   

Telephone:    91 11 6163935 or 91 11 6191063

Web site: www.butterflieschildrights.org

Number of Students:    800 Age range

Languages:    English, Hindi

Principles:    Alternative education, health service, counselling, children's council, alternate media centre, vocational training, Delhi Child Rights Club, Participatory Action, Research.

Democratic school in India :    Atma Vidya Educational Foundation

Address:  Malakara PO (via) Edayaranmula, Kerala 689 532, India

Contact:   Sheridan Wilson, Suzanne Buckley or Tara Nanavati

Email:   
Telephone:    91 468 2317 675 or 91 468 2317 083

Website:    www.kpmapproach.org

Number of Students:    180 Age range 4 - 18

Languages:    English, Malayam, French, Hindi

Principles:    The KPM Approach to Children in Sri Atmananda Memorial School is based on the teacher-child relationship and valuing the child unconditionally. Children at the school are happy and confident, and flourish personally, socially and academically. Trianing programmes are available for teachers, parents and other interested persons.

Democratic school in Italy :   A Scuola di Partecip-azione New details

Address:  Via Cadorna 50, Volpago del Montello, 31040 (TV), Italy

Contact:   Simone Piazza

Telephone:    +00393403003276

Website:    www.kpmapproach.org

Number of educators:    8 educators and some parents

Age range: 6 - 18

Languages:    Italian, English, Spanish

Principles:    Simone is ideator and coordinator of a democratic project
in a state school. Leads a group interested in studying and
experimenting with new approaches to education, and asks the same
questions in the Pedagogy University in Padua. Hopes to open an
educative space in Treviso this year (2011).

Democratic school in Israel :    Democratic School of Hadera Updated details

Address:  Shunat Brandess, Hadera, Israel

Contact:   Rani Abramovich

Email:   

Telephone:    972 66 225261

Number of Students:    350 Age range 5 - 18

Languages:    Hebrew, English

Principles:    Democratic government of the school, respect for human rights, no discrimination by age, voluntary lessons.
Democratic school in Israel :   Dolphin Democratic School Association

Address:  9 Gitran Street, Eilat 88000, Israel

Contact:   Oren Peled

Email:   

Telephone:    972 54 5756148

Number of Students:    23 (in 2006) Age range 3 - 12 (in 2006)

Languages:    Hebrew, English, French

Principles:    Being a positive individual to oneself, to one's neighbour, surrounding and environment. Positive acceptance of people as they are. Conflict solving by dialog: non-violent communication, mediation and arbitration. The freedom to study.

Democratic school in Japan :   Mie Shure new details

Address:  1st Floor, Tsu Building, 328 Komei-cho, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, 514-0006, Japan.

Web site: http://www.mienoko.com

Contact:   Yoshihide Ishiyama

Email:   

Telephone:    059-213-1115

Number of Students:    22

Age range: 6-19

Languages:    Japanese

Principles:    Freedom, self-government and the respect of individuality. Students and staff get together in weekly meetings to democratically decide matters concerning their own activities and learning.

Democratic school in Japan :    Okinawa Sudbury School Updated details

Address:  Ginowan City, Okinawa-ken, Japan

Contact:   Simon Robinson

Email:   

Website: http://www.okinawa-ss.com/

Telephone:    ++81 90 6864 9277

Age range: Up to 18

Languages:    Japanese, staff can also speak English

Basic Principles: We are a democratically-run Sudbury-model school, so the focus is on self-determined activity within a school rule framework decided by the school meeting. Currently most of our members are under 12, so activities can be best characterised as 'free play'.

Democratic school in Japan :   Tokyo Shure

Address:  1-9-19 Kisimachi, Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Contact:   Kageki Asakura

Email:    updated details

Telephone:    81 3 5993 3135

Number of Students:    Age range

Languages:    Japanese

Democratic school in Lesotho :   Seliba sa Boithutu

Address:  PO Box 288, Maseru 100, Lesotho

Contact:   Gerard Mathot

Email:   

Telephone:    266 332190

Website:    www.ssb.org.ls

Number of Students:    around 200 Age range Early teens to adult

Languages:    English and Sesotho

Principles:    We provide a quiet, comfortable place to study, materials, computers and editorial help. Peer-learning is encouraged. Learners decide what, when, how and how much to learn. We are a democratic non-profit-making society. The annual membership fee is about US $3.00 and the fee for users is about US $0.20 per day.

Democratic school in the Netherlands :    Aventurijn School    Updated Details

Address:  Voorsterweg 1, 7371 GA Loene (Apeldoorn), Netherlands

Contact:   Hannah de Vos-Beckers

Email:   

Telephone:    0031(0)55 5051222

Website:    www.aventurijn.org

Number of Students:    25 and growing

Age range 3-18 years old

Languages:    Dutch, English, German

Principles:    Learning from life in freedom.

Democratic school in The Netherlands:   BS De Valleiz New addition

Address:  Groeneweg 12, 6871 DW Renkum, The Netherlands

Contact:   Maaike van Mourik

Email:

Telephone: 0317-319983

Website: http://www.basisschooldevallei.nl

Number of Students:    26

Age range: 3-14

Languages:    Dutch (possible German/ English)

Principles:    We are a democratic school. Children are free to choose their activities.

Democratic school in the Netherlands :    De Koers New Addition

Address:  Dommelsingel 4a, 1945 EE Beverwijk, The Netherlands

Contact:   Marloes Bloedjes

Email:   

Telephone:    (+31) 251 - 200927

Number of Students:    7

Age range: 5 - 16

Languages:    Dutch, English, German

Principles:    De Koers is a democratic school based on the principles of the Sudbury Valley School. Children learn in freedom, with taking up responsibility for their own learning process.

Democratic school in Ithe Netherlands:   De Kampanje         New Addition

Address:  Daam Fockemalaan 22, 3818 KG Amersfoort, Netherlands

Contact:   PR-Coordinator

Email:   

Website:    www.dekampanje.org

Telephone:    972 66 225261

Age range:   4-18 students/members: 8 (March 2007)

Languages:    Dutch

Principles:    Basic principles/activities: Sudbury Model School for personal entrepreneurship .

Democratic school in the Netherlands :    De Ruimte Soest  New Addition

Address:  Insingerstraat 39, 3766 MA Soest, Netherlands

Contact:   Baudy Wiechers

Email:   

Telephone:    +31 35 6015321 or +31 6 233 65 808

Website:    http://www.deruimtesoest.nl/

Number of Students:    60 and growing Age range 4 - 18

Languages:    Dutch, English, German

Principles:    Learning from: Equality, Responsblity and Freedom

Democratic school in The Netherlands:   Democratic School Terra Incognita
New details

Address:  Dorpsstraat 30, 5432BZ Bergharen, The Netherlands

Contact:   Ilja van Bemmel

Email:

Telephone: +31-487-724374

Website: http://terra-incognita.nu

Number of Students:    15

Age range: 5-17

Languages:    Dutch, English and Sign-language (but also German, Spanish, Russian capable)

Principles:    The schools founding principles are freedom, equality and democracy. The schoolmeeting is the principal authority. Decisions are made using the socioratic method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociocracy.(external link).

Democratic school in the Netherlands :    Sudbury School Gent New Addition

Address:  Antwerpsesteenweg 1026, 9040 Gent, Netherlands

Contact:   Maaike Eggermont

Email:   

Telephone:    09 / 222 41 79

Website:    http://: www.sudbury.be

Number of Students:    12

Age range: 2,5 - 19

Languages:    Dutch

Principles:    Self-directed learning in a democratic community

Democratic school in the Netherlands :    Wonderwijs

Address:  Hoofdweg 124, 7371 GJ Loenen, Netherlands

Contact:   Henk Veneman

Email:   

Telephone:    31 55 540 1074

Website:    www.wonderwijsschool.nl

Number of Students:    7 (growing) Age range 4 - 14

Languages:    Dutch, English, German

Principles:    School where children can learn on their own initiative. Participating in the Iederwijs network (www.iederwijs.nl).

Democratic school in New Zealand :   Tamariki School

Address:  PO Box 19506, Christchurch, New Zealand

Contact:   Diana Scullin

Email:   

Telephone:    64 3 3849014

Website:    www.tamarikichch.schoolzone.net.nz

Number of Students:    60 Age range 3 - 13

Languages:    English

Principles:    All members of the community have access to power through the whole schol meeting (attendance compulsory) and through small meetings to deal with conflict. Learning is under the learners's control. Parents are welcome. We are totally opposed to tests, exams, etc. Kids learning about who they are and who other people are is the most valued and important learning in the school. Responsibility is the obverse of freedom, and authority is a product of experience.

Democratic school in Palestine :   Hope Flowers School

Address:  Bethlehem, West Bank, PO Box 732, Palestine

Contact:   Ghada Hussein Issa

Email:   

Telephone:   
972 2 274 0693 or 972 2 274 4975

Website:   www.hopeflowersschool.org/ updated details

Number of Students:    150 Age range

Languages:    Arabic, English, Hebrew

Principles:    Peace and democratic education for Palestinian children.

Democratic school in Peru :   Escuela Democratica de Huamachuco New details

Address:  Castilla 208 Huamachuco Dep. de la Libertad Perú

Contact:   Valerio Narvaes Polo

Email:   

Website:    http://www.escuela-democratica.org

Number of Students:    30 (from February onwards) Age range 6-9

Languages:    Spanish , English, German ( a bit)

Principles:    The school has been founded in March 2009. Its aim is to give children from poor families a chance to use their abilities in order to decide for themselves and to preserve their beautiful nature and resources for their well-being.

Democratic school in Poland :   Autorska Szkola Samorozwoju ASSA, The School for Individual Development

Address:  53-633 Wroclaw, ul. Dluga 61, Poland

Contact:   Urszula Krzewska-Horbowy

Email:   

Telephone:    48 71 355 49 64

Website:    www.assa.wroc.pl

Number of Students:    240 Age range 16+

Languages:    Polish, English, German, French, Spanish

Principles:    Natural comprehensive and individual development. Individual learning styles; students schedule their own work and select the tutors they want to work with. Voluntary attendance; students choose group or individual classes, consultations, seminars, lectures, etc. Emphasis on clubs, workshops, trips, camps, etc..

Democratic school in Poland :   Independent High School

Address:  Limanowskiego Street 7, 33-300 Nowy Sacz, Poland

Contact:   Beate Budzik

Email:   

Telephone:    48 (18) 4434339

Website:    www.mto.org.pl

Number of Students:    70 Age range 15 - 19

Languages:    Polish, English, German

Principles:    We aim to promote democratic values in functional and participatory communities by promoting a democratic school environment (parliament, ombudsmen, constitution written by students, teachers and parents), innovative teaching methods (teacher training) and responsible citizenship (working in a community).

Democratic school in Poland :   Kajtus Czarodziej, Korczak's Kindergarten

Address:  ul.ks. J. Popieluszki 14, 01-590 Warsaw, Poland

Contact:   Waldemar Piasecki

Email:   

Telephone:    48 224255514

Website:    www.przedszkole.most.org.pl

Number of Students 15 Age Range 2 - 6

Languages:    Polish, English

Principles:    We are a democratic kindergarten based on pricniples and approach of non-violent communication (Marshall Rosenberg).

Democratic school in Puerto Rico:    espacio a new details

Address:  calle San Justo #157, Esq. San Francisco, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:   Ginny Marxuach Lausell

Email:   

Telephone:    787-721-7426/ 787-402-9351

Website:   www.espacioapr.org

Number of Students:    18

Age range 4-18

Languages:    Spanish, English

Principles:    Integral education, workspace design, community engagement, liberty with responsibility, constant natural evaluation, family involvement, teaching by example, compassionate communication, We are located in the beautiful Old San Juan , Puerto Rico where the whole community serves as our classroom.

Democratic school in Puerto Rico:    Nuestra Escuela new details

Address:  352 San Claudio Avenue #369, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926

Contact:   Justo Méndez Arámburu

Email:   

Telephone:    787-258-0636

Website:    www.nuestraescuela.org

Languages:    Spanish, English

Number of Students:    336 in 5 centres

Age range 13 -21

Principles:    Nuestra Escuela, a community based organization serving youth to develop emotional health, complete high school, discover talents, form as community leaders and activists for a just and democratic society. Develop entrepreneurial skills to create cooperative social and economic sustainable ventures.

Democratic school in Russia :   School for Self-determination

Address:  105484 Moscow, Sirenevy Bul. 58a, Russia

Contact:  

Email:    Updated Details

Telephone:    43 2782 822 37

Number of Students:    70 Age range 6 - 15

Languages:    German, English and Spanish

Principles:    (1) The choice of subjects, courses, teachers, pace and learning types. (2) Not only knowledge in the subject is taught, but 'universal skills' through the subject and through the learning activity. (3) Children-adults rules, rights. (4) Spread democratic education into public schools.
Democratic school in Spain :   Ojo de agua - ambiente educativo

Address:  Partida Raco del Pastor, s/n ORBA (Alicante), Spain

Contact:   Marien Fuentes, Javier Herrero

Email:   

Telephone:    34 96 647 20 06

Number of Students:    13 Age range 3 - 18

Languages:    Spanish, English, French, Russian

Principles:    A self-learning and self-government atmosphere.

Democratic school in Spain :    Tximeleta New details

Address:  Plaza de los Tilos, 6 1º B, Barañain 3010, Navarra, Spain

Contact:   Josu Uztarroz

Email:   

Telephone:    (34) 948251082- 625808220

Web Site :    http://tximeleta.innovacioneducativa.org/

Number of Students:    33 Age range 3 - 10

Languages:    Spanish, Basque, English, French

Principles:    Tximeleta is a learning place for both adults and
children. We create and experiment, developing our own way by observing and
listening to children. Our goals are to develop magnificent learners and to
involve everyone in decision-making.

Democratic school in Sweden :   SEBOR friskola

Address:  Mjaelgavaegen 49, 78437 Borlaenge, Sweden

Contact:   Ove Raskopp

Email:   

Telephone:    00 462341

Website:    www.sebor.se

Number of Students:    20 Age range 6 - 16

Languages:    Swedish, English and some Spanish

Principles:    Democratic and free education.

Democratic school in Switzerland :    LernStatt Schule new details

Address:  Schulhausstrasse 11, 4564 Zielebach, Schweiz

Contact:   Petra Maarsen

Email:   

Telephone:    032 675 7405

Website:    www.lernstattschule.ch

Number of Students/members:   14

Age range 6 - 15

Languages:    Deutsch

Principles:    kindgerechte Schulbildung, selbstbestimmtes Lernen, offener Unterricht, persönliche Entwicklung und Begleitung auf einen individuellen Lebensweg

Democratic school in Thailand :   Moo Baan Dek

Address:  Latya-Srisawat Road, Muang, Kanchanaburi 71190, Thailand

Email:   

Telephone:    +662 8141481 - 7

Website:    www.ffc.or.th/mbd

Number of Students:    150 Age range 3 - 20

Languages:    Thai

Principles:    Moo Baan Dek is a living community in an area of forest and cultivable land. It helps children from the most difficult backgrounds. They learn from nature, a warm , loving atmosphere and plentiful understanding and freedom. Neill's ideas are enriched with Buddhist elements.

Democratic school in Thailand :   The Whispering Seed

Address:  PO Box 30, Sanglkalburi, Kanchanaburi Province 71240. Thailand

Contact:   Jim Connor

Email:   

Telephone:    (66) 81 910 8071

Website:    www.whisperingseed.org

Number of Students:    8 and growing Age range infant to adult

Languages:    English, Thai, Burmese, Karen

Principles:    A community Living and Learning Center and Children's Home for refugge and hill-tribe children who have been orphaned and abused along the Thai-Burmese border, focusing on Holisting Learning, Teacher Training, Permaculture, Earthen Building, Traditional Crafts and Indigenous Knowledge

Democratic school in Taiwan :   Holistic Education SchoolNew details

Address:  369 Neiwan, 141-3, Chowland Miaiuli, Taiwan

Contact:   Huang Cheng-Hsiung

Email:   

Telephone: 008864937666028

Number of Students:   90

Age range: 12 - 18

Languages:    Chinese

Description:    A boarding school based on an adapted Summerhill approach.

Democratic school in Taiwan :   Seeding School, Taiwan New details

Address:  2F-1, No 4 Alley 28, Loli Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

Contact:   Shenjun Wu

Email:   

Telephone: +886911226403

Number of Students:   96

Age range: 7 - 12

Languages:    Chinese

Principles:    Teachers, chlldren and parents cooperate together.

Democratic school in Uganda :    Reach for the Star Primary School New details

Address:  P.o.box 924 Masaka, Uganda

Contact:   Ssentamu

Email:   

Telephone: +256775190187

Number of Students:    67

Age range: primary

Languages:   Luganda, English

Principles:   We involve the children at the admission to take us through what he/she needs to be and do to become what he/she wants to. Then we advise accordingly without prejudice and imposing our thinking or wishes to them.
We plan to centre our concentration on providing vocational and other disciplines of learning that can provide the students with a variety to choose from. We need to learn from other democratic schools as we are still new to this system of education we believe will deliver us and our students from huge but less useful kind of learning.

Democratic school in the UK : Kilquhanity Centre  New details

Address:  Castle Douglas, Galloway, Scotland, DG7 3DB

Contact:   Andrew Pyle

Email:   

Telephone: +44 (0)1556 650 608

Website:    http://www.kilquhanity-centre.co.uk

Number of Students:    15 day places

Age range: primary

Languages:    English/ Japanese

Principles:    For John Aitkenhead (1910 – 1998), education was the generation of happiness. To achieve this, freedom for children to develop was essential. KCV is a re-opening of Kilquhanity School to continue these values for today’s children.

Democratic school in the UK :   Room 13

Address:  Caol Primary School, Glenkingie Street, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7DP, UK

Contact:   Managing director

Email:   

Website:    www.room13scotland.com

Number of Students:    100 + Age range 7 - 18

Languages:    English

Principles:    To provide a philosophical and moral discipline and training through the visual arts and to maintain a state of intellectual and artistic development across all ages. Room 13 is completely run by the students who use it. The average age of the current management team is ten.

Democratic school in the UK :    Sands School

Address:  48 East Street, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7AX, UK

Contact:   Nathan Gribble

Email:     Updated details

Telephone:    44 1364 653666

Website:    http://sands-school.co.uk

Number of Students:    60 - 70 Age range 11 - 17

Languages:    English

Principles:    Government by students and staff together, shared responsibility for everything, equality, avoidance of petty rules and punishments, respect, trust and care.

Democratic school in the UK :    Self Managed Learning College (Formerly known as South Downs Learning Centre) Updated details

Address:  31 Harrington Road, Brighton, BN1 6RF, UK

Contact:   Ian Cunningham

Email:   

Telephone:    44 1273 703691

Website:    www.selfmanagedlearning.org

Number of Students:    7 Age range 12 - 15

Languages:    English

Principles:    No imposed teaching; students decide what they learn, when they learn, where they learn and most fundamentally, why they learn.

Democratic school in the UK :   Summerhill School

Address:  Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4HY, UK

Contact:   Zoe Readhead

Email:   

Telephone:    44 1728 830 540

Website:    www.summerhillschool.co.uk

Number of Students:    70 Age range 6 - 16

Languages:    English, etc.

Principles:    Freedom and self-government.

Democratic school in the Ukraine:   Kyiv Park School new details

Address:  block 2, 8, Geroev Stalingrada avenue, Kyiv, Ukraine

Contact:   Yaroslav Kovalenko

Email:   

Telephone:    : +380442370333

Website: www.parkschool.com.ua

Number of Students:    : 16 (2011-2012)

Age range: 4-16 (4-14 in 2011-12)

Languages:    : Ukrainian, Russian, English

Principles:    : Founded in 2010, first democratic school in Ukraine (voting). Free attendance of all classes, free choice of the activity in class, productive education, mixed age groups.

Democratic school in the USA :    Clearview Sudbury School New details

Address:  1507 Wilshire Ave. Austin, Tx 78722

Contact:   Elliot Hallmark

Email:   

Telephone:    (512) 584-6882

Website:    www.clearviewsudburyschool.org

Number of Students:    13 Age range 5 - 19

Languages:    English

Principles:    Freedom, Trust, and Respect. Students and staff are equal members of the school's decision making bodies: the School Meeting, Judicial Committee, corporations and committees. Student are free to pursue their passion, experience boredom, and be responsible for their decisions.

Democratic school in the USA :    Clonlara School Updated details

Address:  1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Contact:   Martha Rhodes

Email:   

Telephone:    734-926-4617

Website:    www.clonlara.org/

Number of Students:  40 campus program, 586 home based education program

Age range: 5 - 19

Languages:    English

Principles:    Individualized Education, Caring, Community, Respect, Programs that recognize and support a learner’s curiosity, strengths, interests and talents as the foundation of their educational experience.

Democratic school in the USA :   COMPASS for Lifelong Discovery

Address:  PO Box 336, Woody Creek, Colorado 81656, USA

Contact:   Skye Skinner

Email:   

Telephone:    01 970 923 4646 extension 217

Website:    www.discovercompass.org

Number of Students:    270 in 3 schools Age range All ages

Languages:    English and Spanish

Principles:    Hands-on, experience-based education that follows the child's lead and gives each child responsibility for their own educational success. Small school environment provides intimate, interactive learning groups with a teacher/student ratio of 1:12.

Democratic school in the USA :    Diablo Valley School new details

Address:  2924 Clayton Rd. Concord, CA 94519, USA

Contact:   Anne Sheridan

Email:   

Telephone:    1 925 676 2982

Website:    http://www.diablovalleyschool.org

Number of Students:    270 in 3 schools Age range All ages

Languages:    English and Spanish

Principles:    We are a Sudbury-model school Students participate in self-directed activities in a democratic setting

Democratic school in the USA :   Harriet Tubman Democratic High School new details

Address:  59 Elizabeth Street, Albany NY, 12202

Contact:   Elizabeth Carivan

Email:   

Telephone:    (518) 330-8385

Website:  www.tubmanschool.wordpress.com

Number of Students:    15 Age range 14-19

Languages:    English

Principles:    HTDHS offers a supportive, personal learning environment for a diverse population of teens. Students have direct input into their educational process and school administration. They learn through a variety of activities and track progress through ILPs, portfolios, and advisory meetings.

Democratic school in the USA :   Jamaal A. Bowman new details

Address:  3441 Steenwick Avenue, Room 422. Bronx, NY 10705

Contact:  Jamaal A. Bowman

Email:   

Telephone:    718-794-7970

Website:  http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/11/X462/default.htm

Number of Students:   260

Age range:11-14

Languages:    English

Principles:   Holistic Curriculum which include the language arts, music, math, computers, science, physical education, history, leadership, visual and creative arts. We believe that character and imagination is as important as intellect.

Democratic school in the USA :  The Sudbury School at Acorn Glen (TSS@AG) New details

Address:  1547 Miller Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Contact:   Danielle Cassetta

Email:   

Telephone:    734-585-5555

Website:    www.acornglen.org

Number of Students:   N/A (open in Sept 2014)

Age range: 2.5 - 5 (Preschool Coop), 5 -18 (TSS@AG)

Languages:    English

Principles:    The Sudbury School at Acorn Glen is a K-12 democratic school in the Ann Arbor, MI area. The Sudbury School at Acorn Glen is modeled after the original Sudbury Valley School and is very closely aligned with Summerhill School.

Democratic school in the USA :    Longview School new details

Address:  83 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509, USA

Contact:   Mark Jacobs

Email:   

Telephone:    1 845 259 8259

Website:    www.longviewschool.org

Number of Students:    30-40 Age range 4 - 19

Languages:    English

Principles:    Longview School combines the Summerhill/Sudbury Valley School approaches with an option for traditional, rigorous pre-K through 12th grade academic program. In our small classes (3-10 students), teachers make the curriculum relevant by connecting their subjects to the students’ lives. Beyond academics, Longview empowers students to become independent and responsible as they participate in our democratically-governed school with a student-led judicial system. Longview is open to enrollment of international students.

Democratic school in the USA :   Red Cedar School

Address:  PO Box 393, Hardscrabble Road, Bristol, VT 05443, USA

Contact:   Jacquie Wernere-Gavrin

Email:   

Telephone:    1 802 453 5213

Website:    www.redcedarschool.com

Number of Students:    25 Age range 5 - 19

Languages:    English

Principles:    A Sudbury model school. Students direct their own learning and the school is democratically governed.

Democratic school in the USA :   Sudbury Valley School

Address:  2 Winch Street, Framingham, MA 01701, USA

Contact:   Mimsy Sadovsky or Daniel Greenberg (Contact via the web site)

Telephone:    1 508 877 3030

Website:    www.sudval.org

Number of Students:    210 Age range 4 - 20

Languages:    English

Principles:    Self-directed activities in a democratic setting.

Democratic school in the USA:   The Free School

Address:  8 Elm Street, Albany, NY12202, USA

Contact:   Chris Mercogliano

Email:    updated details

Telephone:    : 1 518 434 3072

Website: www.albanyfreeschool.com

Number of Students:    : 50 Age range 2 - 14

Languages:    : English

Principles:    : We are a very spontaneous democratic community based on principles of freedom and self-regulation.

Democratic school in the USA :   The Highland School Updated Details

Address:  Rt. 83 Box 56, Highland, WV 26346, USA

Contact:   Dr. Candy Landvoigt or Ms Noel McCutchan

Email:   

Telephone:    1 304 869 3250

Website:    www.thehighlandschool.org

Number of Students:    11 Age range 5 - 16

Languages:    English

Principles:    The only democratic boarding and day school in the U.S.,  we are committed to democratic process and individual rights.  Located in a scenic wooded area, living and learning at Highland gives students the opportunity to grow into self-reliant, creative adults.

Democratic school in the USA :    The Manhattan Free School New details

Address:  115 East 106 St. New York, NY 10003-8253, United States

Contact:   Pat Werner

Email:   

Telephone:    212-533-2826

Website:    www.manhattanfreeschool.org

Number of Students:    30 in 2011

Age range: 5 -18

Languages:    English, Spanish, Thai, French, German

Principles:    MFS offers young people the opportunity to develop their birth-given gifts while offering them an equal voice and vote in decisions affecting the day-to-day life of the school.

Democratic school in the USA :   The Tutorial School Updated details

Address:  400 Brunn School Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA

Contact:   Moe Zimmerberg, Iku Fujimatsu, Ethan Urbanick

Website: www.tutorialschool.org

Telephone:    1 505 988 1859

Number of Students:    37 Age range 6 - 18

Languages:    English, Japanese, French

Principles:    Self-determination, relationships, love, self-motivation, compassion instead of punishment, trust and respect, realizing that you are in charge of your life and that your actions affect others.

Democratic school in the USA :   Upattinas School

Address:  429 Greenridge Road, Glenmore, PA 19343, USA

Contact:   Sandy Hurst

Email:   

Telephone:    1 610 458 5138

Website:    www.upattinas.org

Number of Students:    Age range

Languages:    English

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