Fairfield School is a place where students are free to pursue their interests, dreams and passions. Students are given the support, respect and trust necessary to engage fully in whatever is important to them; they are not subjected to an imposed curriculum or educational agenda of any kind. The core tenet of this philosophy recognizes that people by nature want to learn and pursue knowledge. Students at Fairfield engage in activities for as long as they like. If they want to read a book, talk to a friend, play outside, study math, play with blocks, work in the art room, or be on a computer all day long, then that is what they do.
We are based on the model of
educational freedom successfully pioneered since 1968 by the Sudbury Valley
School, in Framingham Massachusetts. In the past 15 years many schools around
the world have opened following this model (see our links page). At these
schools there are no grades, no artificial time periods, and no tests or
evaluations of any kind unless requested. The most important thing our school
provides is an empowering, supportive, safe and open environment in which
students can develop for themselves the skills and confidence that they need
for a lifetime of learning and doing. Outcome
studies from the parent school are impressive. Graduates are independent,
socially responsible, innovative people with successful and happy lives. More
than 80% have enrolled in Community College or University and their vocational
choices are as individual and varied as are the students.
The school is run democratically. All
decisions are made at a weekly School Meeting at which all students and staff
have one vote each. The budget, staff hiring, judicial matters, and many other
issues are handled by the students and staff working together within a purely
democratic structure. We feel this sends a very powerful message of trust and
responsibility to everyone involved.
The school accepts students ages 4-19.
For a brochure and further information please contact us at (902) 542-0548 or
email us at [email protected].