Orange County's first and only democratic free school

Independence. Responsibility. Compassion.

The Open School is the only school in Orange County where students are in charge of their own educations. Instead of curriculum and classes, they learn through life and democracy. Instead of teachers, they learn from everyone.

Enrollment is open for the 2017-2018 school year!
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"I've seen so much growth in my kids in all the important things in life, what really matters. They are loving being able to make their own decisions, and they are more well-behaved at home and do their chores without being told. They are all just happy and feel proud of themselves."
— Tania


Students are responsible for their own learning. They learn by playing, conversing, and pursuing their passions. Staff do not assign work, teach classes, or give tests. Students at The Open School are truly free and responsible for their own lives unlike anywhere else. Learn more »

Age Mixing

We do not segregate students by age, because no two children are the same and different children learn things at different ages. Age mixing enables younger students to learn from older students, and allows older students to cultivate gentleness, compassion, and leadership. Learn more »

Authentic Democracy

Students and staff have equal voice in all school business, including making the rules, handling infractions, budgeting, and administration. Every individual in the community, whether five years old or fifty, has the same power to advocate for his or her interests. Learn more »