Frequently asked questions
What is a democratic school (theory and practice)?
What does democratic education look like at Liberigo?
You are also creating a pre-school, yes?
Our vision is to have a fully running pre-school alongside Liberigo in the fall of 2020.
How does such a school operate?
How does this differ from homeschooling or unschooling?
What's the difference between education and schooling?
De-Schooling, a necessary process for families.
Outdoor access is important.
Isn't this "playing all day"?
Gods, we hope so! You see, playing is how all young animals (including humans) learn best. (Well, playing and making mistakes.) If kids acquire literacy and mathmatical prowess through play, we should be encouraging that!
What about academics, college, success?
In a democratic school, students find a passion and pursue it, learning what they would in an academic setting along the way. There are studies (like this one) that show success (however you define that- including academic and livelihood outcomes) from democratic school graduates.
Location, Hours, Tuition
FT students pay $25 per day + 10 work share hours, PT students pay $30 per day + 10 work share hours, and Homeschool Enrichment students pay $35 per day. Additional work share is possible and defrays tuition costs.
What is the legal status of the school? Is it accredited?
What's the school culture like?
Is deliberately secular so to make everyone welcome. Religious expression is welcome, but there is no overarching religious, political, or other agenda coming from Liberigo.
Values autonomy instead of conformity, and teaches children and youth to question things and not simply blindly obey.
Walks its talk on issues of freedom and consent (while simultaneously teaching the responsibility that comes from and the consequences of choice and freedom).
Gives freedom of movement and choice instead of sitting still doing worksheets and screen evaluations all day.
Has several rooms and areas for children to be, so those that have sensory issues have a calm place to recharge and those that need to run and fidget have places to be as well.
Facilitates love of learning and exploration instead of coersion and compulsion with an agenda that makes learning a chore.
Values diversity of all kinds, embraces it, and works hard to maintain it. Community members of all races, ethnicities, income levels, genders, sexualities, religious philosophy and belief, neurology, or country of origin are welcomed here.
Is willing to do the hard work of maintaining a community and its projects.
Teaches equality and social justice by example and values all community members.
Values time outdoors and playtime as education.
Offers life skill training as well as academics for children/youth that choose it.
Actively builds a community (for families to be a part of).
You call yourself a community. How so?
Collectivism: sharing the load
We also have other work share opportunities in addition to mentoring 10-4, M-F. This website and our logo were created by work share, for example.