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Practicing Life: A Circle School Sampler
The Meadow Campaign Five Years Later
In 2016, The Circle School broke ground to build our forever home on the Meadow Campus. Five years later…
Wanted: A Few Good Females
A discussion of why it’s important to consider self-directed democratic schooling for our daughters. By former Philly Free School staff member (and current Circle School parent) Michelle Loucas.
Self-Directed Education's Optimizing Conditions
The Alliance for Self-Directed Education lays out six “optimizing conditions” for self-directed education. Here’s how The Circle School meets them.
The Circle School has three governing bodies. Each has certain responsibilities and duties. Each defers to the other two in certain ways. Three full-page diagrams illustrating how the school is governed — structures, functions, and ideals.
What Are Teachers Good For?
Three things that teachers are good for, and three things they’re not. By Aaron Browder, staff member at The Open School in California.