The Sudbury Approach to Education
Dignity - Intrinsic Motivation - Time Management - Lifelong Learning Habits - Curiosity - Creativity - Fulfillment
At The Miami Sudbury School, students are part of a 50 year history of innovation, intrinsic motivation, and independence. While all models share the goal of educating children, the Sudbury model achieves that goal in remarkably different ways:
The ability to choose the course of one’s day builds interior muscles in children that cannot be developed for that child by someone else. What may look like “just play” is so essential to personal and social development that studies are now published on a weekly basis challenging schools to reassess things like evaluation and homework. Why? Trying to fit young people into a mold that’s developmentally inappropriate for them is a recipe for anxiety, depression, or simply educational burnout. Our children deserve better, and we are delighted to offer better.
Since 1968, the Sudbury model of education has shown that children are capable of incredible things when we stop making them face a chalkboard (or even a “smart board”) and let them collaborate, create, question, and cultivate in an open yet supportive environment that is responsibly shared and truly their own. Through this unique methodology, Sudbury students around the world have become wildly successful academically, interpersonally, and entrepreneurially.
The Miami Sudbury School, along with other self-directed schools, hopes to normalize the kind of education that truly nurtures the human learning instinct, provides real skills that young people need today and in the future, and allows young people to learn authentically and deeply, developing into lifelong learners and leaders.
Graduates also report experiencing a significant advantage when they start college. While they may need to catch themselves up in some content areas, most report feeling very capable of doing that and feeling very at ease with time management, having practiced that at their Sudbury School. Please visit our Library page for videos and podcasts featuring Sudbury graduates.
*Sudbury student outcomes http://www.educationfutures.org/outcomes.htm
**Sudbury alumni http://www.sudval.org/05_alumni.html