Lessons on Reality: Chickens and Tree Houses

By Beverli Haroldsen Once upon a wintertime, visions of baby chicks popped into the imagination of a sixteen-year-old student. These visions grew into ideas, which grew into conversations. Conversations transformed into plans which generated research and physical labor. The student spent hours researching chicken care and cleaning out an old Read more…

We Learn What We Practice

By Debbie Ayala One question I am frequently asked about Self Directed Education is how children/students will learn to do hard things if they are never pushed or asked to do things which they don’t want to do?  As adults there are many things that need to be done that Read more…

Avoiding the Busy Trap

By Megan Bean Back in February, I came across an interesting article titled “The Busy Trap.”  In it, the author, Tim Kreidal, expresses his opinion on how everyone here in America seems to have this innate desire to be busy, and I wanted to share some of his insights, and Read more…

A Constitutional Council School

By Mark Cluff We say that Alpine Valley Academy is a Constitutional Council school.  This means that we have a constitution that defines our purpose as a school, sets the school structure, and lays out the School Council member rights.  The School Council is made up of every student and Read more…

Lessons We Don’t Teach

By Jared Bean To those unfamiliar with Sudbury schools or Self-Directed Education, hearing that we do not formally teach subjects like math or reading might come as a shock. One might think that because we don’t offer crafted curriculums or employ seasoned educators who are expert in the latest and Read more…

A Typical Day

By Beverli Haroldsen What is a typical day at AVA?  At first glance, it doesn’t exist.  Our days don’t fit in a tidy little package to be placed in a day planner. No master schedule stands as sentinel, passing down arbitrary time or content demands.  Students really are free to choose Read more…

A Place to Find Your Place

By Megan Bean As a staff member of Alpine Valley Academy, I’ve been able to see many kids start at the school, and it’s always  interesting to see how they respond to this new, strange environment. At a typical public school, someone would know how to get going with what Read more…

Our Students Live Civics

By Mark Cluff There are going to be discussions on improved civics classes and lessons during the Utah Legislative session now under way after all that has happened in our county over the last year.  It is felt that students do not understand how our constitutional republic works and are Read more…