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.


"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


"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


"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.

Introducing: AVA Summer Sessions

A self-directed learning Summer Program

Come experience the joys of self-directed learning during the summer! We are now offering a summer program where students will be free to explore, play games, read, make new friends, and have fun in the sun! The program will be a scaled down, week-by-week version of what we offer during the school year: a nurturing and exciting community based on the Sudbury Valley School model. We are hosting seven individual sessions throughout June and July. Each session is held Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM with extended hours available. For more details and to register for the program, hit the button below.

Alpine Valley Academy

1910 W 900 N

Lehi, UT 84043


Office (801)901-6648

Cell (801) 368-6695