A Democratic School


Students and staff in a democratic school have an equal voice in deciding how the school will be run, from creating, modifying and enforcing the rules, to managing school spaces, to allocating money in the budget. All students and staff are members of the school meeting, which meets on a regular basis to create policies and make significant decisions. Day to day operations and activities are managed by committees led by elected or volunteer clerks (student and/or staff) and made up of school meeting members.  For example the kitchen committee would be in charge of managing use of the kitchen including the kitchen budget, and certifying members of the school meeting to use the space. If any person does not follow the correct procedures for use of the kitchen they may lose their certification or face consequences as determined by the judiciary committee. The judiciary committee (JC) is made up of a clerk and members of the school meeting who serve on a rotating basis as a jury. The JC hears  complaints and decides on consequences for infractions of school rules. Other committees might include art, wood-shop, farm-store, farm operations, facilities, etc.

Below is a video from the school preview held in March