Additional Resources

At Alpine Valley School we are often asked what a "typical day" in self-directed democratic education looks like. This video is our attempt to answer this question, along with testimonials from each of our staff members. Get a rare peek inside Colorado's first Sudbury School and see just how amazing learning can be.



When Kids Rule The School

by Jim Rietmulder


The Self-Driven Child

by William Strixrud & Ned Johnson


Free to Learn

by Peter Gray


Free at Last

by Daniel Greenberg


Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar

by James Marcus Bach


Wounded by School

by Kirsten Olson


Free Range Kids

by Lenore Skenazy


Schools on Trial

by Nikhil Goyal


A video from our sister school in New York. One of the best we have seen describing our approach at Alpine Valley School.

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

This video is a glimpse into the life of our school. Enter a world of young people who are exuberant about their lives, and are fully in control of their education. We hope you will enjoy their spirit, their focus, and above all their intensity in pursuing their passions.
In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction.