Basic Info | The Open School

Basic Info

The Open School is the only school in Orange County where kids learn through real life and real democracy. Freedom and responsibility are the curriculum. Staff do not assign work, teach classes, or give tests. Students learn by playing, conversing, and pursuing their passions, and they grow in independence, responsibility, and compassion by practicing these things daily and authentically.


The Open School is based in Orange, CA. See our Location page for more information.

Ages Served

Students must be between the ages of 5 and 18 to participate in our main program. We also offer an Under 5 Friday for children not quite old enough to enroll. Click here for more information.

Hours & Attendance

The school is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30. Students must attend at least 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.  Students under the age of 7 have the option to enroll part time. This option may be recommended by the school for students who are not developmentally able to attend full time.


Tuition is determined on a sliding scale and tops out at $11,394. See our Tuition page for details.


The Open School is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Non-Discriminatory Statement

The Open School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.