Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of school is this?
The School at Kelly's Working Well Farm balances freedom and responsibility in a self-directed, democratic community in a farm setting. Students are always free to choose their own activities, but also share with staff the responsibility for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school, from creating and enforcing democratically adopted rules to overseeing an annual budget. Staff serve as mentors and models of contributing community members. See Sudbury Valley School or other "democratic" or "free" schools for examples..
What ages are the students?
The school is for kids from age 5 to 18, though initially we plan to enroll only up to age 15 in order to give older students a chance to adjust to this different approach to learning.
What is a typical day like for a student at the school?
Because students have such different interests and are able to decide how to spend their own time, there is no single “typical day”. Students may work on projects or choose to take classes on any subject. They may also spend a good part of their day in free play. Or they might participate in committees that plan activities and determine certain policies. For example members of the kitchen committee might design a certification process for use of the kitchen, be in charge of the kitchen budget and plan cooking projects.
How is the school financed?
Tuition: First child in family $8,000, second child $5,000, third and more $4,000 each. Tuition will be pro-rated for families that opt for part-time attendance. In addition the Farm/Store/School enterprises will work together to provide operating income stream. A Co-op option will allow families to off-set tuition by contributing to the KWWF operation (farm/store/school) at rate of $25/hour.
How will students from the school get into college?
Students graduating from The School at Kelly's Working Well Farm will not have grades or a transcript; however there are many ways to demonstrate their readiness for the college of their choice. They can take the SAT or ACT, construct a portfolio, and write a convincing personal essay. Many colleges are eager to enroll self-motivated learners who know why they want to go to college. Students from schools like this one tend to be very impressive in an interview situation because they have had so much practice talking with people of all ages. Most graduates of Sudbury schools go on to college, and have pursued higher education at a variety of institutions including: state universities, liberal arts colleges, art schools, cooking schools, Ivy League schools, and community colleges.
How can I learn more?
Check the web-site Kellysworkingwellfarm.com for more information. Come for a visit during school hours or get some friends together and schedule your own informational session.
When can students enroll?
We accept new students throughout the year. Start the enrollment process by filling out the enrollment form and submitting a deposit of $250 on the school enrollment page of this web-site.