Practice

"I didn't really think about 'getting an education'. We weren't learning subject by subject, but in a much more organic manner. You would be doing a lot of different things and you would learn them in little bits and pieces that would start adding up to much bigger pictures. By the time you were done learning about something, information was coming from so many different sources, from books and from people you were talking to, and from a long drawn out experience, that you had no idea how you learned it."

Daily Life
Daily Life
"Every day we had challenges to meet, and a group of us would be working on them at the same time. We picked hard things to do most of the time. At Sudbury Valley there were always older kids who had done things that the younger group was trying to get to. You automatically wanted to be one of the people who could do it too, so you kept trying until you could do it. Everything was always, 'You have to get one step further.'"

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The Results of Freedom

I have been aware for some time that the word “School” in Sudbury Valley’s name leads people in the wrong direction from the beginning, but we don’t have another word in the language yet for a setting in which children gather daily to lead their lives. Village strikes me as a closer match, because in so many ways Sudbury Valley is like a village. Continue Reading ›

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Play

Nothing disturbs visitors to Sudbury Valley School more than the sight of children of all ages playing freely all day long. The image contradicts every notion people have of what a school should be. Continue Reading ›

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Kingdom of Childhood: Growing Up at Sudbury Valley School

I don't know if I really understood everything about the school right away, but the thing that I did understand was that I loved it. It was somewhere that I wanted to be. And it stayed that way until it was time for me to move on! Continue Reading ›

School Meeting
Framework
Every student and staff member has an equal role in managing the school through the School Meeting. It determines rules of behavior, use of facilities, expenditures, and staff hiring, and delegates specific administrative functions to various agents. All members of the community participate in the School's judicial system. The fair administration of justice is key to preserving the individual freedom on which the school is based.

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How The School Operates

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The Significance of the Democratic Model: Self-Esteem, Self-Rule, and Self-Motivation

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The Environment
"Part of my feeling about the school had to do with it being beautiful. The building, the grounds, and the woods – everything. There was always a lot of physical space. We had the freedom to move around and do what we wanted. There would be places where you could set up your own activities, or you could be a part of somebody else's activities. There was always a sense that you could do what you wanted to do and you could be who you wanted to be."

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The Magic of Conversation

When you're in a situation where you can do anything you want with your day, the fact is that most of what people do involves talking. . . . Why are they talking? What do they get from it? Continue Reading ›

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Ice and Rose Petals

Maybe my memory is foggy but never do I remember the ice on our pond being as perfect as it was the week of January 6. Continue Reading ›

On the Rocks

On the rocks

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There aren’t any grades at Sudbury Valley School. No standardized tests. No portfolio reviews. No regular assessments. But that doesn’t mean that the kids haven’t devised their own ways to “measure their progress.

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Doing Nothing

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There is a stigma against people who are perceived to be “doing nothing.” The greatest fear that most adults have, vis-a-vis children enrolled in Sudbury Valley, is that those children will do nothing. These fears arise from the failure to see just how little “nothing” people actually do here.

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