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Gratitude in an Upside Down Year

Gratitude in an Upside Down Year

Jim's 2014 blog post "I connected my laptop to the internet and fire trucks came" was published shortly before I began my tenure here at The Circle School. In my early days on staff, one of the first things Jim told me was that "At The Circle School, something new...

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What Cool Things Outside means to me

What Cool Things Outside means to me

My name is Lily Compton and I started the Cool Things Outside Corporation at The Circle School five years ago, and I'm still the chair of the corporation today. [“Corporations” at The Circle School are like clubs or interest groups. -Editor] I didn't have a plan back...

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Planned Giving: “It feels good”

Planned Giving: “It feels good”

“It feels good to think that someday we’ll be making a gift to a place that is so special to us.” These are the words of Stacy Kuyk-White, parent of alumn Taylor Kuyk-White ’06. Stacy and her husband, Trustee Rob White, recently included The Circle School in their...

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Circle School mornings again

Circle School mornings again

Over the past six years I’ve spent on staff, I’ve grown to love my Circle School mornings. When the doors open at 8am, a few kids are usually already waiting on the stone bench out front. The rest follow in waves, on school buses, or trickling in by car. From the...

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The Meadow Campaign Five Years Later

The Meadow Campaign Five Years Later

After 10 years of working waking dreams, The Circle School broke ground in fall 2016 to build our forever home on the Meadow Campus -- where I'm sitting now, writing this. Recently the school published a final project report for more than 175 alumni, parents, and...

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Explaining The Circle School Made Easy (or Less Hard)

Explaining The Circle School Made Easy (or Less Hard)

Even now, after 35 years as a founding staff member, I half dread being asked by a newcomer to explain The Circle School. It could be a neighbor, the friend of a friend, or recently my dental hygienist just before she asked me to open wide. My anxiety arises not from...

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Circle School Graduates in College

Circle School Graduates in College

Today The Circle School releases a study of its graduates, casting the school in a very favorable light. Our graduates go to college at high rates: 84% of those who were here for 4 years of high school, and 91% of our "lifers." Nationwide the rate among same-age peers...

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Other Writings

What Kind of School?

In conversations about schools and educational methods, we hear a variety of terms. Following is a list of some of the terms we hear, and a rough sketch of our relationship with that term. We identify strongly with some of these, others only a little…

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The Learning Edge

You have probably noticed two prominent themes at The Circle School: public government and personal freedom.The school is run democratically – part of the public government theme; and students direct their own activity – part of the personal freedom theme.

Focusing on the latter, The Learning Edge offers thoughts about how and why self–direction is important and effective in education, proposing a framework of ideas supporting the practice of self–directed schooling.
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