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The Tutorial School is an educational community dedicated to the development of independent, responsible students, prepared with life skills that encourage and sustain a thoughtful, successful, and meaningful life.
We are an independent, alternative, democratic school for ages 6–19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering an education based on freedom, trust, and self-governance.
Since 1982, The Tutorial School has filled a vital need in the community, helping children become happy, effective, functional adults.
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Fundamental change in education is, nevertheless, occurring outside of the traditional school system. It is occurring among groups of families who decide to "unschool" their children (that is, to home school them in a free way, where there is no curriculum or evaluation) and among people who start non-school schools, such as those modeled after the Sudbury Valley School. People in these movements establish among themselves new sets of social norms, which allow them to overcome the barriers to behaving in ways that seem abnormal to others. Their observations of children who are educating themselves lead them to perceive education in a new light, as something to admire and enjoy in children but not to control. They begin to see many examples of people who have educated themselves freely and happily, outside of the conventional school system, and have gone on to successful lives by every meaningful definition of success, and so the self-fulfilling prophesies of conventional schooling are understood for what they are.
“This day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples on this land and must be met with serious demands to address the conditions of native life: the upholding of treaty rights for Native people on- and off- reservation.” County Manager Katherine Miller wrote in a memo to commissioners
The Tutorial School is a nonprofit corporation that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, national or ethnic origin, sex, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational, admissions, scholarship and financial aid policies, in management, or in any their programs and policies administered by my school.