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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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5 days ago

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One of the most important dimension of The Tutorial School's culture and philosophy is the concept of practice—the creative pursuit of competency. At The Tutorial School, students are free to practice autonomy, responsibility, and freedom without any concern for failure or judgment. It is our fervent belief that only through the practice of these essential human qualities can a child become a well-rounded adult.Learn more about The Tutorial School's philosophy 🔗 www.tutorialschool.org/about/#general ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Say hello to Iku! 👋🏼 She is as friendly and warm as the photos she’s taken of the students and school for the past 25 years! You haven't seen them yet? Visit our page and check them out 🔗 www.tutorialschool.org/about/#photos. Iku Fujimatsu moved from Japan to the United States in 1995 with her nine year old daughter and became involved in multicultural workshops for homeschooled children. She also started the “Kid’s College” summer program at the Santa Fe Community College, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on At Risk Youth. In 1997 she joined The Tutorial School as a teacher of Japanese and the Fine Arts. The rest is history! She has taught art through exploring nature and hands-on survival skills such as tilling soil, identifying wild, edible plants and cooking. As a dynamic, global educator and as an artist, she has dedicated the majority of her professional life to the belief that an intimate relationship with nature is essential to an enriched education, as well as a healthy life, self-awareness and personal freedom. When asked the question, “How will The Tutorial School adapt to the remarkable changes in global culture, technology and human identity?” she replied that “Our students will learn how to navigate the unknown. They will trust themselves, be flexible and resilient. They will stand quietly in the midst of the storm with imagination and self-determination while holding positive and creative visions for the future.” Read more about Iku on our website and check out her diverse perspectives on education from the mountains of Nagano, Japan, to cities of Tokyo and New York 🔗 www.tutorialschool.org/who/#faculty ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Meet Moe! Moe Zimmerberg has been involved with the school virtually from its inception with Richard Testa, who founded the school as a place for children to heal and blossom. As a philosopher, scholar, and graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Moe brought a unique perspective to the development of The Tutorial School. For Moe, the paths to academic, emotional, and personal success in life require practice. “Practice in managing freedom, responsibility, self-determination, and leadership. It also requires taking the long view—profound change takes time.” When asked, “How will Tutorial School adapt to the remarkable changes in global culture, technology and human identity?” his response provides insight to the school’s view of the role of education. “We can’t determine curriculum for an uncertain future, so we must teach children to be cognitively flexible and to think for themselves; this is how we prepare our students for the future.”✅Read more about Moe and our other faculty members here: www.tutorialschool.org/who/#faculty✅Read an article about Moe in MIT Technology Review: www.tutorialschool.org/who/an-alternative-education/ ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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Tomatoes, carrots, parsley - veggies of all sorts. Hooray! We are saving the wild things for this coming school year, cleaning the shed and the garden for easy maintenance. Weekly cooking classes with Iku are favorites with the faculty and students. Mouth-watering smells flow through the school as the kitchen class prepares lunch.🤔“Yeah, but that’s not a class, what do they actually learn?”You ask?At The Tutorial School, students learn many valuable things in addition to the subject they pursue:They learn to speak for themselves. They learn to talk with adults calmly, effectively, and without fear. They learn to defend and challenge points of view. They learn how to organize themselves and others. They learn how to lead a group and help make group decisions. They learn to share power. They learn consensus decision-making. They learn about themselves: what their passions are, what their issues are, how they learn best. They learn respect, responsibility, and how to manage freedom.Cooking in a kitchen collaboratively to provide tasty food and take care of each other as a community is harder than you think. Working together to understand cost-effectiveness, measurement, safety, and many other issues ultimately leads to learning about each other and about your own passions. We’ve had a few students and graduates who’ve gone on to become famous chefs, and many more have found their passions around the school.Parsley is looking ready for falafel.Do you or your children want to try cooking with veggies from the schools’ garden? Come visit us! 🔗 Get to know more about us: www.tutorialschool.org/about/#general🙋🏻‍♀️ Read more about Iku and our faculty: www.tutorialschool.org/who/#faculty 📩 contact@tutorialschool.org ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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📣Ready for something different?📚✏️🚌 Several weeks into school. Is it working for you or your child? Do you want to try something different? Another way to educate? Check out our website and visit us at The Tutorial School - a place that honors children’s dignity, individuality, autonomy, and identity! 🙂🔗 www.tutorialschool.org/📩 contact@tutorialschool.org#education #democraticschool #ASDE #aero #selfdirectedlearning #selfdirectededucation ... 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.