Alpine Valley School

Real Learning for Real Life

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Latest Content

Prof. Peter Gray's quick primer on the basics of Self-Directed Education (SDE) -- from the Alliance for Self-Directed Education (ASDE) Read our detailed SDE Primer here:

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Podcast Episode: 

Many find it hard to believe, but children at self-directed democratic schools do learn how to read, largely without any adult intervention. On this episode of the Alpine Valley School podcast we hear from two graduates who learned this essential skill - from video games. Listen now and hear how these articulate adults address the all-important subject of learning to read! Visit the Show Notes page for more information.

I always thought the point of education was to learn to think for yourself.
— Robin Williams
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Own yourself. Own your actions.

Personal responsibility is learned through practice. Here, students experience the benefits and challenges of being in charge of their own time and behavior.

Be a role model.

Every student is unique. So is the example they offer to others. Alpine Valley School affords students the opportunity to realize and model their strengths, and take pride in leading by example.

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Play a part in your community.

Students and staff are equally responsible for the well-being of the school community. Real opportunities for leadership and an equal vote create a context where students are empowered to share ownership of their environment.

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Become who you really are.

People are in a perpetual process of growth and discovery. This is true for children and adults alike. Here, students have the time and freedom to explore their interests. As a result, they discover what’s meaningful to them, and self-awareness becomes an integral part of their character.

Expect to be respected.

Students have rights. They have the right to their safety. They have the right to their time and personal space. At Alpine Valley School, a participatory justice system based on testimony and evidence protects students’ rights.

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Self-powered education.

Students at Alpine Valley School initiate and control their own education. In the school’s supportive environment, they practice the skills and habits that make them masters of lifelong learning.

Every voice matters.

A 5-year-old can contribute as much to a conversation as an 18-year-old. Here, this is the norm. People of all ages interact freely, engaging each other in their interests, activities, and conversations.

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Explore. Create. Play.

Children are born curious and creative, with a powerful drive to learn. Here, students use the tools of play, interaction, and exploration to master their environment. They grow into confident, independent adults, successful in a variety of fields.

The way kids learn to make good decisions is by making decisions, not by following instructions.
— Alfie Kohn, Author

About Us


Phone: 303-271-0525




4501 Parfet St
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


Founded in 1997, Alpine Valley School is an independent school following the Sudbury Model. For over 45 years and at a number of schools worldwide, the Sudbury Model of education has helped thousands of children grow into happy, confident, and successful adults by providing them with the freedom and responsibility to take charge of their time and education, at their own pace, focused around their interests.

At Alpine Valley School, we offer a low student-to-staff ratio and flexible attendance. Our students come from all over the Denver Metro area and range in age from 5 to 18.

Alpine Valley School is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and is conveniently located in Wheat Ridge, one mile off the Kipling exit on Interstate 70.

If you're interested in learning more about our school, we recommend setting up an informational tour.


Enrolling your child at Alpine Valley School is a simple two-step process:

1. Tour: Make an appointment to tour Alpine Valley School. This is your opportunity to learn about the school, have your questions answered, and meet the staff. There is no fee or obligation to enroll when you schedule a Tour.

We find it helpful to have all involved parents and/or guardians as well as students attend the tour. Most meetings take approximately one hour, so please schedule accordingly.


2. Enroll: Once you decide to enroll your children at Alpine Valley School, our registrar will work with your family to schedule an Admissions Interview and complete the registration paperwork. Students can enroll at any point during the school year.

To schedule a tour, please click here


Quick Facts: 

Alpine Valley School accepts new students all year long. 

  • Annual tuition for the 2019-20 School Year is: $7,704 per student.

  • Discounts are available for:

    • Families with multiple students

    • Tuition paid upfront

  • Tuition Assistance is available upon application.

  • Scholarship opportunities are available through ACE Scholarship Program.


  • Tuition payments are handled monthly through FACTS, a third-party online system.