The Open School

The Open School

is Orange County's first and only democratic free school. Instead of curriculum and classes, we learn through life and democracy. Instead of teachers, we learn from everyone.

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Freedom

Students are responsible for their own learning. They learn by playing, conversing, and pursuing their passions. We don't judge them or try to fit them into a box. Students come to truly know themselves, and chart their own pathways through education and life.
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Upcoming Events

Under 5 Friday » Let your little ones try out The
Open School for 2 hours a week.
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“When we were looking at education options, one of our biggest fears was that she would have to change who she was to “make it” in a standard school or would be one of those kids who is constantly in trouble for talking too much. I remember searching and searching for a school until we found out about The Open School and democratic education, and then breathing that sigh of relief, “This is the place.””


    ~ Ingrid, Open School mom
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“Our children are screaming for freedom, for movement, for free expression. As a mother, I'd rather have a happy kid who learns at his own pace, whose self esteem isn’t dependent on grades or test scores, who is motivated to learn because he’s curious and not because he’s being told that this is what he needs to know. This is why I love The Open School.”


    ~ Heather, Open School mom
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