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.

For each state we also list 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

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning  – Ottawa, ON
Learning in the Woods  – Hamilton ON.

USA

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

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Bungalow Lane ALC - Fresno, CA
Free to Learn ALC - Rocklin, CA
Urban Homeschoolers  – Edenhurst Ave. LA, CA
Realm Academy -  Santa Monica, CA.
Rock Tree Sky -  Ojai, CA

Colorado
Alpine Valley School  AlpineValleySchool.com Wheat Ridge, CO
The Boulder Sudbury School bouldersudbury.org Boulder, CO

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Proprius Learning – Colorado Springs, CO
Creative Bridges – Evergreen, CO
Natural Learners - Boulder, CO

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

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Beacon Self-Directed Learning   – New Haven, CT

Delaware
The New Schoolthenewschool.com Newark, DE

 

Florida
Grassroots School  grassrootsschool.org Tallahassee, FL
Miami Sudbury School miamisudburyschool.org Miami, FL (Opening fall 2018)
Spring Valley School  springvalleyschool.com Palm Harbor, FL
Sunset Sudbury School  sunsetsudbury.org Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Real Life Agile Learning Center RealLifeALC.org Tampa, FL 

 

Georgia
Sudbury School of Atlanta  sudburyschoolofatlanta.org Decatur, GA

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Freedom to Grow Unschool  – Hull, GA

Hawaii

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Agile Learning Center  – Oahu, HI

Illinois
Tallgrass Sudbury School  tallgrasssudbury.org Riverside, IL

 

Kentucky
Mosaic Sudbury School 
 mosaicsudbury.org Louisville, KY

 

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

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Dat School ALC   – New Orleans, LA.

 

Maryland
Fairhaven School  fairhavenschool.com Upper Marlboro, MD
Arts & Ideas Sudbury School  aisudbury.com Baltimore MD

 

Massachusetts
Sudbury Valley School  sudval.com Framingham, MA

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Bay State Learning Center   – Dedham, MA.
Ingenuity Hub: Personalized Learning Collaborative  – Leominster, MA
Macomber Center  – Framingham, MA
North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens  – Hadley, MA
Parts and Crafts  – Somerville, MA

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

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Open Doors: Center for Self-directed Teens  Grand Rapids, MI.
Little Lake Learning Community – Ann Arbor, MI

Montana
Glacier Lake School glacierlakeschool.com St. Ignatius, MT

 

New Jersey
The Jersey Shore Free School  jerseyshorefreeschool.org Little Silver, NJ 07739
South Jersey Sudbury School southjerseysudburyschool.org Medford, NJ

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Raritan Learning Cooperative – Flemington, NJ.
South Mountain Coop – Elisabeth, NJ
The Princeton Learning Cooperative  – Princeton, NJ.

 

New Mexico
The Tutorial School  tutorialschool.org/index.html Santa Fe, NM

 

New York
Agile Learning Center nycagile.org New York, NY
Brooklyn Free School  brooklynfreeschool.org Brooklyn, NY
Harriet Tubman Democratic High School  tubmanschool.org Albany, NY
The Albany Free School  albanyfreeschool.org Albany, NY
Hudson Valley Sudbury School  sudburyschool.com Kingston, NY
Longview School longviewschool.org Brewster, NY

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Brooklyn Apple – Brooklyn, NY
Dida Academy - Brooklyn, NY
Kite’s Nest – Hudson, NY

North Carolina
ALC Mosaic 
alcmosaic.org Charlotte, NC
Zig Zag ALC zigzagalc.org Asheville, NC

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Endor Initiative
 – Asheville, NC
Dimensions Family School - Durham, NC.
Pathfinder Community School.com Raleigh/Durham, NC
Wildwood ALC Boone, NC

 

Minnesota
Gaia Democratic School 
GaiaDemocratic.org Minneapolis, MN

 

Ohio
Antioch School,
www.antiochschool.org Yellow Springs, OH
Kokosing Valley School.
  
kokosingvalleyschool.org. Gambier OH

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Arcadia Learning Commons – Wilmington, OH
Leaves of Learning – Deer Park, OH
Columbus Learning Cooperative - Columbus, OH

 

Oregon
Eugene Sudbury School  eugenesudburyschool.org St, Eugene, OR
The Village Free School  villagefreeschool.org Portland, OR

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Open Road Learning Community for Teens  - Portland, OR.
Village Home – Beaverton and Northeast Portland OR.

 

Oklahoma

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Rivers and Roads ALC – Oklahoma City, OK

 

Pennsylvania
The Circle School  circleschool.org Harrisburg, PA
The Philadelphia Free School phillyfreeschool.org Philadelphia, PA
Three Rivers Village School threeriversvillageschool.org 34 East Elizabeth Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Buckslearningcooperative – Langhorne, PA
The Natural Creativity Center Philadelphia, PA
Open Connections  – Newtown Square, PA.
Talking Stick Learning Center  Philadelphia, PA

Puerto Rico

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Experiencia Alternativa ALC – Cupey, Puerto Rico

Tennessee
Nashville Sudbury School - nashvillesudburyschool.org, Nashville TN

 

Texas
Abrome abrome.com - Austin, TX
Clearview Sudbury School  clearviewsudburyschool.org Austin, TX
EC Stanton Community School ecstanton.org – Fort Worth, TX
Houston Sudbury School houstonsudburyschool.org Houston, TX
Makarios Community School makariosschool.org  – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Inspired Learning Academy ALC  –  Dallas, TX

Utah
The Alpine Valley Academy 
AlpineValleyAcademy.org, Lehi, Utah.
The Sego Lily School  segolilyschool.org - Murray, UT
Virginia
Raw Learning  rawlearning.org Staunton, VA
Compass compassclasses.com Centreville, VA

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
Embark Center for Self-Directed Learning – Loudoun County, VA

Washington
The Clearwater School  clearwaterschool.com SE, Bothell, WA
The Trillium School  trilliumschool.org Indianola, WA

Learning Coops and Resource Centers:
The Attic – Seattle, WA
Triskele Rivers ALC  – Hood River, OR
D.C. Village Learning Cooperative  – Washington, DC

West Virginia
Highland School  thehighlandschool.org Ellenboro, WV