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Student Spotlight: Colin

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
May 26, 2017

Today I’m interviewing Colin, a student at The Open School. Colin is twelve years old and this is his first year at our school. Why did you decide to come to The Open School? At public school I couldn’t be myself. Here, we can use our computers all we want. What kinds of things do […]

But how will they learn academic subjects?

by Cassi Clausen, Open School staff and co-founder
May 19, 2017

One of the first things I tell families when they are coming to visit our school is to warn them that it might look like our kids play all day. In fact, they are playing most of the time. When people see kids spending so much time in play, often their knee-jerk reaction is concern […]


by Ben Page, Open School staff and co-founder
May 16, 2017

In our culture, we are trained to listen in a logical and dualistic manner. We listen in order to respond, and so what we hear is not always what is said. What we hear is cast through a lens of our own bias and our own reflexive experience, and this allows us to formulate a […]

They are already responsible

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
May 12, 2017

As a staff at a young school, there are some days after which I feel exhausted and defeated. None of the students have been following the rules. I should write them all up, but I’ve already expended all my energy fighting them. It seems like they’re just not responsible people. Friday was one of those […]

Sudbury might be right for your family if…

by Joy, a parent at the Sudbury School of Atlanta
May 9, 2017

This post was originally published by the Sudbury School of Atlanta. You believe children can and should be trusted. You value consent. You believe the things that make your child different are strengths, not weaknesses. You are concerned about the lack of free time children have once they start school. Your family wants the freedom to […]

Field Trip Memories

by Silvia & Ama, Open School students
May 6, 2017

One time we went to the movies and we saw a movie about a baby that finds its family. It was fun to go with people from school because it’s different to go with them than with my family, although going with my family is also fun. I think it’s cool that you can make your […]

Pixels Like White Elephants

by Tay Parker, Open School staff
May 2, 2017

Let me admit this right up front: I used to love video games, but these days I rarely play them. They’re one of many abandoned interests that got set aside when I had kids. But I’m thankful video games were a part of my life, and I hope they’re a part of my kids’ lives. […]

The Ukulele

by Aaron Browder, Open School staff
April 28, 2017

“Is that your guitar?” I looked up from my strumming to see six-year-old Candy hovering over me. “It’s a ukulele,” I said. “Can I play it?” I happily handed her the instrument and watched her pluck the strings. She was fascinated to be able to make such a pretty noise with her own hands. Within […]

Staff Spotlight: Aaron Browder

by Cassi Clausen, Open School staff and co-founder
April 25, 2017

In January of this year, Aaron Browder joined our staff in a full-time position. He came to us from Seattle, and at 27 is our youngest staff member. Aaron’s background reveals one of the main reasons people come to work at Sudbury schools. He was working in software development and found, through playing with kids in […]

War and Peace

by Ben Page, Open School staff and co-founder
April 21, 2017

My friend Princess Pine has never been to a Sudbury-model school before. She came all the way from Canada to see it with her own eyes. The place is eerily silent as I unlock the doors, and we stroll around the campus while I explain to her how we track sentences and vote on rules. […]