Why a democratic school? Why now?

IMPORTANT: Chagrin Valley School is a non-traditional unaccredited school. All school families must register as Homechoolers with their local school district. It is our understanding that a parent/guardian may withdraw a child from public school at anytime during the year and enroll in our school.

Learning by Living

Chagrin Valley School is held at the farm full-time Monday through Friday, September through May.

The school is for ages 4 through 19 years old and has continuous open enrollment. Part-time attendance is also an option for 3-5 days a week.

Chagrin Valley School offers:

Self-directed learning

 Democratic community decision making

 Tutoring arrangements for any subject

Age-mixing which builds social skills

Field trips & guest workshops

Entrepreneurial opportunities

Abundant free play time

Natural building & gardening

Connection with the natural world

Affordable tuition & financial aid

This 15 minute TEDx talk by the founder of the first democratic school in France answers many parents questions about this type of education including how students learn math and how they fare after graduation.

Chagrin Valley School

Now Enrolling!

Donations help us fund on-going

building, agriculture, permaculture,

and other projects. We are a 501(c)3

Non-Profit - donations are tax deductible.

Sudbury Valley School is the most well known and oldest self-directed/democratic school in the U.S. Watch this video to get a sense of what a democratic school is like.

Sir Ken Robinson on changing education

 On the Radio!  April 30, 2016

TEDx Self-Directed School Talk

Sudbury Valley School

To learn more about putting children in charge of their own learning check out the book Free to Learn by Peter Gray, or his blog Freedom to Learn.

Informational Sessions

& School Visits

Schedule a time to visit the farm and learn more about the school. If you have some friends who would like to learn more, we can plan a group session. Email


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