Lists of Democratic Schools, Co-ops and Resource Centers

A democratic school, as the term is used on this site, is a school where students are trusted to take responsibility for their own lives and learning, and for the school community. At such a school, students choose their own activities and associate with whom they please. If courses are offered, students are always free to take them or not. Generally, evaluation is in the form of self-evaluation by the learner herself. Most of these schools accept students across a wide range of ages (commonly age four through the late teens) and do not segregate students by age, so that students can learn from interacting with others who are older and younger than themselves. Below is a partial list of democratic schools in North America. Each organization listed under the “democratic schools” category is a “school” and recognized as such by the locality in which it operates. If you believe that your school is in accordance with our aforementioned definition, please contact us.

Further down on this page you will also find a separate list with examples of homeschool resource centers, parent cooperatives, unschooling groups, North Star models or other variations of alternatives to compulsory schooling.

Democratic Schools


British Columbia

Fraser Valley Free Learners Mission, BC, Canada

Maple Hill Free Learners, Nanaimo, BC, CANADA

Windsor House School  North Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Alpha II Alternative School  ( Toronto ON, CANADA


Altadena Free School - Altadena, CA
Diablo Valley School 2924 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA 94519
The Open School - Orange County, CA

Alpine Valley School 4501 Parfet St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
The Boulder Sudbury School PO Box 6050, Boulder, CO 80306

Mountain Laurel Sudbury School New Britain, CT 06052

The New 1752 Dixie Line Road, Newark, DE 19702

Grassroots School 2458 Grassroots Way, Tallahassee, FL 32311
Spring Valley School 2109 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Sunset Sudbury School 2300 SW 15 Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315

Sudbury School of Atlanta 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30032

Tallgrass Sudbury School 82 Woodside Rd, Riverside, IL 60546

Mosaic Sudbury School Louisville, KY

Lafayette Sudbury School - Maurice, Louisiana

Fairhaven School 17900 Queen Anne Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Arts & Ideas Sudbury School  4915 Holder Ave, Baltimore MD 21211

Sudbury Valley School 2 Winch St, Framingham, MA 01701

Clonlara School,, Ann Arbor, MI
Little Lake Learning Community,, Ann Arbor, MI

Glacier Lake School 62551 Wild Rose Lane, St. Ignatius, MT 59865

New Jersey
The Jersey Shore Free School 36 Birch Ave, Little Silver, NJ 07739
South Mountain Co-op 240 Franklin Ave‎, Maplewood, NJ 07040
South Jersey Sudbury School 1303 Stokes Road, Medford, NJ 08055

New Mexico
The Tutorial School 400 Brunn School Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York
Agile Learning Center 115 East 106th St., Second Floor, New York, NY 10029
Brooklyn Free School 372 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Harriet Tubman Democratic High School 59 Elizabeth St, Albany, NY 12202
The Albany Free School 8 Elm St, Albany, NY 12202
Hudson Valley Sudbury School 84 Zena Rd, Kingston, NY 12401
Longview School 83 Main Street Brewster, NY 10509

North Carolina
ALC Mosaic 401 E Arrowood Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
Zig Zag ALC Asheville, NC

Gaia Democratic School Minneapolis, MN

Kokosing Valley School. 10565 Monroe Mills Road, Gambier OH 43022

Eugene Sudbury School 2370 Parliament St, Eugene, OR 97405
The Village Free School 1800 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The Circle School 210 Oakleigh Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17111
The Philadelphia Free School 2001 Christian St, Philidelphia, PA 19146
Three Rivers Village School 34 East Elizabeth Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Abrome - Austin, TX
Clearview Sudbury School Austin, TX
EC Stanton Community School – Fort Worth, TX
Houston Sudbury School Houston, TX
Makarios Community School  – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

The Alpine Valley Academy, Lehi, Utah.
The Sego Lily School - Murray, UT

Raw Learning 2807 North Augusta St, Staunton, VA 24401
Compass Centreville, VA

The Clearwater School 1510 196th St. SE, Bothell, WA 98012
The Trillium School PO Box 492, Indianola, WA 98342

West Virginia
Highland School 98 Sycamore Springs Ln, Ellenboro, WV 26346


Learning Co-ops & Resource Centers


Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning  – Ottawa, ON
Learning in the Woods  – Hamilton ON.


Urban Homeschoolers  – Edenhurst Ave. LA, CA
Realm Academy - Students may choose to take single or several classes on the times and days that they choose.  – Santa Monica, CA.
Rock Tree Sky - A program for homeschoolers ages 5 to 14. Open 5 days a week, 7 hours per day.  – Ojai, CA


Proprius Learning – Colorado Springs, CO
Creative Bridges – Evergreen, CO
Natural Learners - Boulder, CO

Beacon Self-Directed Learning - Beacon Self-Directed Learning is based on the North Star model (see below) and provides teens who are, or want to, homeschool with a community that includes peers, adult mentors, and optional classes.  – New Haven, CT

Freedom to Grow Unschool  – Hull, GA

Agile Learning Center  – Oahu. HI

The Marram School - Discover the joy of self-directed learning in a compassionate community! – Chesterton, IN


Bay State Learning Center provides courses, workshops, mentorship, advising, and resources to families who are unsatisfied with public education.  – Dedham, MA.

Ingenuity Hub: Personalized Learning Collaborative  A self-directed learning center located in Leominster, MA

Macomber Center was established in 2012 as “an environment where children can discover for themselves the art of independence, responsibility and respect for others.”  – Framingham, MA

North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens  The goal of North Star is to help students regain control over their own learning to become effective homeschoolers by fostering community and offering courses and curriculum resources.  – Hadley, MA

Parts and Crafts The Parts and Crafts Collective runs hands-on creative arts, science, and engineering programs for kids and adults to help people learn and do and make things.  – Somerville, MA

Trellis Community Learning – Pembroke, MA

Open Doors: Center for Self-directed Teens  Grand Rapids, MI.

Little Lake Learning Community – Ann Arbor, MI

New Jersey

The Princeton Learning Cooperative  – Princeton, NJ.
Teens Take Charge group at the Jersey Shore Free School  – Little Silver, NJ.
Raritan Learning Cooperative – Flemington, NJ.

New York
Brooklyn Apple – Brooklyn, NY
Dida Academy – Brooklyn, NY
Kite’s Nest – Hudson, NY

North Carolina
Endor Initiative – Asheville, NC
Dimensions Family School – Durham, NC.
Pathfinder Community Raleigh/Durham, NC
Wildwood ALC Boone, NC

Arcadia Learning Commons – Wilmington, OH
Leaves of Learning – Deer Park, OH
Columbus Learning Cooperative – Columbus, OH

Open Road Learning Community for Teens  provides individualized, non-compulsory education that empowers teens to direct their own learning and fulfill their potential. Portland, OR.

Village Home – Beaverton and Northeast Portland OR.

Rivers and Roads ALC – Oklahoma City, OK


Buckslearningcooperative – Langhorne, PA

The Natural Creativity Center opened in January, 2016 in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Programs for youths ages 4-18 with a mission of full economic and racial diversity. (Tel. 888-208-0576 or e-mail )

Open Connections Founded in 1978, Open Connections is a resource for homeschoolers/unschoolers of all ages who enroll in youth-focused programs for one, two or three days per week.  – Newtown Square, PA.

Talking Stick Learning Center provides self-directed group learning experiences for over 40 families with homeschoolers age 3 to 18.  – Philadelphia, PA

Puerto Rico
Experiencia Alternativa ALC – Cupey, Puerto Rico

Inspired Learning Academy ALC  –  Dallas, TX

Embark Center for Self-Directed Learning – Loudoun County, VA

The Attic – Seattle, WA
Triskele Rivers ALC  – Hood River, OR

Washington DC
D.C. Village Learning Cooperative  – Washington, DC