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

Canada

British Columbia

Fraser Valley Free Learners foxglovedemocraticlearning.org Mission, BC, Canada

Maple Hill Free Learners nanaimofreelearners.com, Nanaimo, BC, CANADA

Windsor House School windsorhouseschool.org  North Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Ontario
Alpha II Alternative School  (schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/alpha2/Home.aspx) Toronto ON, CANADA

USA

Arizona
Kino School kinoschool.org 6625 North 1st Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85718

California
Altadena Free School altadenafreeschool.org - Altadena, CA
Diablo Valley School  diablovalleyschool.org 2924 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA 94519
The Open School openschooloc.com - Orange County, CA

Colorado
Alpine Valley School  AlpineValleySchool.com 4501 Parfet St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
The Boulder Sudbury School bouldersudbury.org PO Box 6050, Boulder, CO 80306

Connecticut
Mountain Laurel Sudbury School  mountainlaurelsudbury.org New Britain, CT 06052

Delaware
The New Schoolthenewschool.com 1752 Dixie Line Road, Newark, DE 19702

Florida
Grassroots School  grassrootsschool.org 2458 Grassroots Way, Tallahassee, FL 32311
Spring Valley School  springvalleyschool.com 2109 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Sunset Sudbury School  sunsetsudbury.org 4200 NW 66th Ave, Davie, FL 33024

Georgia
Sudbury School of Atlanta  sudburyschoolofatlanta.org 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30032

Illinois
Tallgrass Sudbury School  tallgrasssudbury.org 82 Woodside Rd, Riverside, IL 60546

Kentucky
Mosaic Sudbury School 
 mosaicsudbury.org Louisville, KY

Lousiana
Lafayette Sudbury School lafayettesudbury.wordpress.com - Maurice, Louisiana

Maryland
Fairhaven School  fairhavenschool.com 17900 Queen Anne Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

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

Massachusetts
Sudbury Valley School  sudval.com 2 Winch St, Framingham, MA 01701

Michigan
Clonlara School, clonlaraschool.org, Ann Arbor, MI
Little Lake Learning Community, littlelakeschool.org, Ann Arbor, MI

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

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

New Mexico
The Tutorial School  tutorialschool.org/index.html 400 Brunn School Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

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

North Carolina
ALC Mosaic 
alcmosaic.org 401 E Arrowood Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
Zig Zag ALC zigzagalc.org Asheville, NC
Pathfinder Community School (Opening fall 2018!) pathfindercommunityschool.com Raleigh/Durham, NC

Minnesota
Gaia Democratic School 
GaiaDemocratic.org Minneapolis, MN

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

Oregon
Eugene Sudbury School  eugenesudburyschool.org 2370 Parliament St, Eugene, OR 97405
The Village Free School  villagefreeschool.org 1800 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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

Texas
Abrome abrome.com - Austin, TX
Clearview Sudbury School  clearviewsudburyschool.org 1507 Wilshire Blvd, Austin, TX 78722
Houston Sudbury School houstonsudburyschool.org Houston, TX
Makarios Community School makariosschool.org  – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Utah
The Sego Lily School  segolilyschool.org - Murray, UT

Virginia
Raw Learning  rawlearning.org 2807 North Augusta St, Staunton, VA 24401
Compass compassclasses.com Centreville, VA

Washington
The Clearwater School  clearwaterschool.com 1510 196th St. SE, Bothell, WA 98012
The Trillium School  trilliumschool.org PO Box 492, Indianola, WA 98342

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

 

Learning Co-ops & Resource Centers

Canada

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

USA

California
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

 

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

Connecticut
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

Georgia
Freedom to Grow Unschool  – Hull, GA

Hawaii
Agile Learning Center  – Oahu. HI

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

Massachusetts

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

Michigan
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.

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

North Carolina
Endor Initiative – Asheville, NC
Dimensions Family School – Durham, NC.

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

Oregon
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.

Pennsylvania

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

Texas
Inspired Learning Academy ALC  –  Dallas, TX

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

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

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