Alternative Schools

The Montessori Method:

Created by Maria Montessori in the 1900s, Montessori schooling focuses on child-centered learning in which the students choose their own activities each day. For more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method

http://www.montessori.edu/

Reggio Emilia Approach:

This approach is somewhat similar to Montessori schooling, however, it does not have set materials and methods like Montessori schooling does. My knowledge of this approach is limited, more information can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Reggio_Emilia/

Waldorf Education:

“When children relate what they learn to their own experience, they are interested and alive, and what they learn becomes their own. Waldorf schools are designed to foster this kind of learning.”
Henry Barnes, a longtime Waldorf teacher and the former Chairman of the Board of AWSNA

Waldorf schooling is highly based in the arts, and holds the idea that experiencing subjects, rather than reading about them, is the best way to learn. More information can be found here:

http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/01_WhyWaldorf/index.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education

Sudbury Schools:

Sudbury schools do not follow traditional curriculum or standardized lessons. Instead, the students decide what they want to learn, free of the pressure of  standardized requirements. More information can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudbury_school#Learning

http://www.sudval.org/

These are just a few of the alternative schools available. If you know of others, I would greatly appreciate some information about them.

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