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Democratic Schools in the USA

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

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Democratic school in the USA :  Tallgrass Sudbury School
New details

Address:  82 Woodside Road, Riverside, IL (a western suburb of Chicago), 60546, USA

Email:   

Telephone:   1 708 777 1037

Website:   http://www.tallgrasssudbury.org/

Number of Students:   20

Age range: 4-19

Languages:    English

Principles:   Tallgrass is a Sudbury-model democratic school built around freedom, responsibility, and self-directed learning.

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 :    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 :    Dr Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

Address:  1671 N. Claremont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, USA

Contact:   Lourdes Lugo

Email:    lugovaru@yahoo.com

Telephone:    1 773 342 8022 or 1773 342 8023

Number of Students:    70 Age range 14 - 21

Languages:    English, Spanish

Principles:    The development of self-identity and self-worth, analysing the Puerto Rican reality in the US. Using the 'Unity' class, or school meeting, for conflict resolution, exploration of local and global events and student participation in school and community affairs. Also developing cognitive skills in conventional school subjects.

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 :    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 :    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 :    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 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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