What Is Sudbury?

“A Sudbury school is a type of school, usually for the K-12 age range, where students have complete responsibility for their own education, and the school is run by direct democracy in which students and staff are equals. Students individually decide what to do with their time, and tend to learn as a by-product of experience rather than through coursework. There is no predetermined educational syllabus, prescriptive curriculum or standardized instruction. This is a form of democratic education. Daniel Greenberg, one of the founders of the original Sudbury Model school, writes that the two things that distinguish a Sudbury Model school are that everyone – adults and children – are treated equally and that there is no authority other than that granted by the consent of the governed.” – Arthur K. Ellis and Daniel Greenberg, via Wikipedia

I don’t get it. How does that work? You are not alone. It does take some reimagining of what school is and what purpose it serves. Sudbury isn’t the type of school we went to when we were younger, and the unknown is scary. So let’s listen to some students, parents, and staff that are familiar with it:

Hudson Valley School

Clearview Sudbury School

Or! If you’d like your information flavored with humor, here is a young British man just discovering Sudbury:

A Sudbury school in Wichita? Great! What can I do to help? This school is for the community of Wichita, so make it yours! We are always looking for individuals willing to donate time, energy, expertise in any number of ways! Drop us a line and let us know how you’d like to get involved. We’d be thrilled to have you on board!