These videos from other Sudbury schools, similar to Alpine Valley Academy, can help you better understand our approach.
– Individual Worth and Unique Mission –
Each individual is of infinite worth and has a unique path, mission, and potential.
– Learning is a Natural Process –
Learning is a natural process. We are born to learn, explore, and progress. That desire and drive should be protected and allowed to unfold for each child at their own pace and in their own way.
– Self-directed Learning –
Self-Directed Learning allows individuals to take ownership of their education and is a key to true learning.
– Agency and Accountability –
Agency (freedom of choice without compulsion) and accountability are essential to personal growth and progression.
– Constitutional Council – Freedom and Responsibility –
A Constitutional Council model of governance will protect individual liberty and promote personal responsibility. Children learning in this kind of environment will develop an appreciation and understanding of freedom.
– Religious Freedom –
The foundation of liberty in any community is its moral and religious principles. Our school is influenced by LDS principle and standards. We also welcome families of ALL faiths and backgrounds. We expect all to respect other’s views and beliefs and allow all the freedom to share their own views and beliefs.
– Age mixing improves the learning process and prepares students for real life.
– Play is an essential part of the learning experience.
– Students are given the freedom and responsibility to direct their own path.
– We will use a Constitutional Council model of governance, including the balance of powers carried out in the School Council, Judicial Council, and the Executive Council.
– Each student and staff shall have an equal voice in the governance of the school.
– There will be no imposed tests, grades, required classes, or set curriculum.
– Each person is respected and valued regardless of age or any other factor.
– Students are trusted and given the time to pursue learning in their own way and at their own pace.
– AVA will be a safe environment where students will be protected from intrusion, interference, and violation.
– A variety of resources, materials, and equipment will be available to students.
– Staff will provide encouragement and support to students to adhere to the mission, principles, and practices of the school.
– Students will be invited to set goals and track their progress in a journal.
At Alpine Valley Academy, students learn to think for themselves and learn to use Information Age tools to unearth the knowledge they need from multiple sources. They develop the ability to make clear logical arguments, learn that there are absolute truths, and deal with complex ethical issues. Through self-initiated activities, students take responsibility for outcomes, set priorities, allocate resources, and work with others in a vibrant community. Children ages 4 -18 explore the world freely, at their own pace, and in their own unique ways. They learn how to set their own goals and then work to achieve them. Progress may be documented in many ways, including a personal journal.
Trust and respect are keys to the school’s success. Students enjoy total intellectual freedom and unfettered interactions with other students and adults. Age mixing allows students to learn from others and how to interact with individuals of all ages. Through being responsible for themselves and for the school’s operation, they gain the internal resources needed to lead effective lives. The self-directed learning model has a proven track record as seen in other longstanding Sudbury schools. A reported 42% of graduates at Sudbury have started their own businesses or created their own jobs; whereas, only 3% of public education students accomplish this.
The School Council is the governing body of the school. In the School Council, students and staff each have one vote to elect officers, setup committees to run the school, vote on their constitution and rules, and hear appeals from the Judicial Council. Students hold each other accountable for how they obey the school rules and treat others.
As a way to help our students discover their own talents and interests, the staff members at Alpine Valley Academy have compiled a list of possible subjects for students to begin directing their own education. This list is not comprehensive and students should feel free to explore anything they are interested in. Courses can be explored in a traditional school setting, or in other ways determined by the needs and wants of each individual student. None of these subjects are mandatory–we offer them for students who are interested. The current list can be found here:
Alpine Valley Academy does not discriminate against any employee, student, employee applicant, or student applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical and/or mental disability. Alpine Valley Academy adheres to this non-discrimination policy with respect to all of its policies and programs, including educational programs, employment and admission programs, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. In keeping with the school’s orientation and purpose, as well as with the school’s desire to respect the dignity and diversity of individuals, the school affords equal opportunity in employment and admission on the basis of sexual orientation, but not on the basis of conduct. All members of the school community are required to comply with the Alpine Valley Academy Rule Book. Alpine Valley Academy also affirms that all people are equally beloved children of God and deserve to be treated with love and respect, and we recognize the critical importance of a safe campus environment for all students and employees.