Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a respectful environment of freedom, trust, and responsibility where students can prepare for the future through self-directed learning.

Freedom

"Self-education through play and exploration requires enormous amounts of unscheduled time--time to do whatever one wants to do, without pressure, judgment, or intrusion from authority figures. That time is needed to make friends, play with ideas and materials, experience and overcome boredom, learn from one's mistakes, and develop passions."
-Peter Gray, Research Professor of Psychology

Trust

"It is a little like watching a garden grow. No matter how closely we examine the garden, it is difficult to verify that anything is happening at that particular moment. But as the season progresses, we can see that much has happened, quietly and naturally. Children pursue life, and in doing so, pursue knowledge. They need adults to trust in the inevitability of this very natural process, and to offer what assistance they can."
-Earl Stevens, Unschooling Dad

Responsibility

"The way to ensure that people of any age will be deeply committed to the American Way is to make them full participants in it. Make our schools democratic, give our children freedom of choice and the basic rights of citizenship in the schools, and they will have no problem understanding what this country is about."
-Daniel Greenberg, Founder of Sudbury Valley School

About Our School

   Alpine Valley Academy is a self-directed, natural learning, private school based on the Sudbury Valley School model. We are located in Lehi, UT and are open to all students ages 5-18. Our two acre campus includes a basketball hoop, a playhouse, a grass field, and a renovated, two-story home with plenty of space for art, science, cooking, gaming, reading, and any other activities our students choose to pursue. We are open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday and follow the Alpine School District calendar.

Alpine Valley Academy

1910 W 900 N

Lehi, UT 84043

markcluff@alpinevalleyacademy.org

Office (801)901-6648

Cell (435) 776-5427