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Democratic Schools in NY/NJ

The list of schools at the jump comes from AERO, Alternative Education Resource Organization. The schools operate in the style of democratic education. The AERO web-site describes Democratic Education:

Democratic schools generally share most or all of the following characteristics, although there is no exact definition or requirement for a democratic school:

  • shared decision-making among the students and staff
  • a learner-centered approach in which students choose their daily activities
  • equality among staff and students
  • the community as an extension of the classroom

NYC Area Democratic Schools Open

There are now several alternative and democratic schools in the New York City Area. AERO has been helping these schools to come into existence…

Of course, Brooklyn Free School opened four years ago and is thriving, with many students on its waiting list www.brooklynfreeschool.org

Inspired by AERO and BFS, several other area schools have opened. Some have taken AERO’s School Starters Course.

Three years ago Voyagers Community School started in Farmindale, New Jersey. See www.voyagerskids.com

Two years ago Wellspring Community School opened in Gladstone, NJ. www.thewellspringschool.org

Last year Teddy McArdle Free School started in Little Falls, NJ www.tmcafs.org Their school starts September 15th.

This year two more are opening! Manhattan Free School just opened this week in the East Village of Manhattan Manhattanfreeschool.org ! This is the first democratic school in Manhattan in decades!

And Emerson Lilly Free School is opening in Andover, NJ. www.emersonlilyfreeschool.org

All of the latter schools have student openings. Contact them before they begin to grow waiting lists like Brooklyn Free School and others…

For information about all 419 of AERO member schools go to

  • the community as an extension of the classroom
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