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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 10–19 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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1 month ago

The Tutorial School
After attending IDEC (International Democratic Education Conference)in Kathmandu, we spent a few days in Pokhara. Hiking, resting, eating tasty foods and admiring the Majestic Himalaya Mountains 🏔️ ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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www.tutorialschool.orgNEWSLETTER September 2023 Volume 32 Number 2School is once again in full swing, and this fall the school has gone cactus-crazy. The cooking class harvested wild prickly pears, and cleaned and pureed them into a prickly pear lemonade. Also, the Spanish class made delicious nopales tacos. While we prepare the cactuses, we also prepare to get to know each other better; delving past our thorny exteriors to our sweet, unexpected and delightful interiors.There is an all school field trip to Carlsbad Caverns; everyone wants to go. We will be leaving at 11am on Tuesday, October 3rd and returning Wednesday, October 4th in the evening, hopefully around 7pm. We will be spending the night in two cabins at the Carlsbad KOA. Students should bring a pillow, sleeping bag or blanket, sheet or camping pad, good walking shoes, a sweater for the cave, a water bottle, $50 for food, gas, KOA and cave tickets, and $10-15 for snacks.The cooking class (lunch menu) has been an ongoing enjoyable endeavor every Monday and Wednesday. The cooking committee will be preparing an assortment of tacos for the Family Potluck Night.The Family Potluck Night is Thursday, October 5th from 5:30 to 7:30. The All School Council requests that parents bring either drinks, chips, or deserts to be shared, to complement the tacos.This year, the International Democratic Education Conference will be in October in Nepal. Moe and Iku, along with several recent graduates will be attending. Rose Rickhoff will remain at the school, and will be joined by Rose Testa, who is a graduate of the school, and the daughter of the school’s founder, Richard Testa.The Mural Committee has submitted a theme for a new mural: Fly High/Dive Deep. This will be an ongoing project to which everyone can contribute. If you have acrylic paints of various colors that you are no longer using, we would appreciate them.Our beloved high-grade industrial vacuum cleaner is now over 20 years old and is approaching the end of its usefulness. If anyone has a vacuum cleaner, in good condition, that you would want to donate to the school please let us know.The school welcomes Aina, who is 16, from Itoshima, Kyushu, Japan. Aina is from another free school and so is familiar with our program. She will be joining us for the next three weeks. To start, phone translation apps are helping us to communicate with each other, as we learn more Japanese and English. We know this time together will be memorable.Let your life proceed by its own design - John Perry Barlow ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

The Tutorial School
📣 We are still open for enrollment for 2023-2024! Contact us 📩 contact@tutorialschool.orgAre you ready to get excited about a different way to educate?We are a school that honors children’s dignity, individuality, autonomy, and identity! Check out our website and visit us at The Tutorial School 🔗 www.tutorialschool.org/#education #democraticschool #ASDE #aero #selfdirectedlearning #selfdirectededucation ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

The Tutorial School
We are delighted to congratulate our 2023 graduate, Sophia M! The Tutorial School community was inspired and amazed by your Thesis Defense. Through challenging and deeply critical self-reflection, you have gained clarity and more than adequately completed the requirements for graduation. Knowledge about one’s-self is true power. Self-awareness enables one to keep growing. While the world around us runs crazy, you showed how looking inside is the way to an enriched and engaged life. Your determination, perseverance, and focus are truly impressive. You are an inspiration to us all. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Tutorial School is a nonprofit corporation that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity in the administration of its educational, admissions, scholarship and financial aid policies, in management, or in any their programs and policies administered by the school.