Real Learning for Real Life

Alpine Valley School

Real Learning for Real Life

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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.

Latest Content

Blog Posts: 

Recent Podcast Episode: 

How does self-directed democratic education prepare students to move on to the real world after graduation? It’s a question we are asked a lot, and we are proud to share yet another example today on the Alpine Valley School podcast. On this episode, an AVS graduate talks about her experience going to court and how years of attending Alpine Valley School helped her feel confident, prepared, and ready to defend herself. Listen now and hear how she faced a scary situation with calm self-possession and how she thanks Judicial Committee for preparing her to do just that. Visit the Show Notes page for more information.

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 2018-19 School Year is: $7,704 per student. 
  • Discounts are available for: 
    • Families with multiple students 
    • Tuition paid upfront 
  • Tuition Assistance is available upon application. 
    • Note: The Tuition Assistance fund for the 2018-19 School Year has been exhausted. 


  • Tuition payments are handled monthly through FACTS, a third-party online system. 
  • Scholarships for new students are available through ACE Scholarship Program.