Basic Info | The Open School

Basic Info

The Open School is the only school in Orange County where kids learn through real life and real democracy. Freedom and responsibility are the curriculum. Staff do not assign work, teach classes, or give tests. Students learn by playing, conversing, and pursuing their passions, and they grow in independence, responsibility, and compassion by practicing these things daily and authentically.


The Open School is based in Orange, CA. See our Location page for more information.

Ages Served

Students must be between the ages of 5 and 18.

Hours & Attendance

The school is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30. Students must attend at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.


Tuition starts at $11,394. See our Tuition page for details.


The Open School is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Non-Discriminatory Statement

The Open School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.