Lafayette Sudbury School has a policy of open admissions accepting all applicants who have the capacity for full participation in the school’s program as self-directed, autonomous members of the school’s community. Once the school is open, we will have rolling enrollment and we will accept students at any time during the school year.
Applicants must be at least 5 years old. Applicants that are 4 years old may be accepted on a case by case basis. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin (or anything else you can think of).
Step 1: Study the Sudbury Model
The first step for parents and students considering our school is to inform themselves about the Sudbury model of education because it is very different than most other education models. Both students and parents need to have a basic understanding of the Sudbury Philosophy before considering enrollment. This can be done by coming to a public information session, reading some of the many books published by the Sudbury Valley Press, “Free to Learn” by Peter Gray, or reading other articles online.
If we seem like a good fit for your family, you will need to submit and Admission Interview Request and return it to us along with a $50 Interview Fee (per student and non-refundable). We will begin enrollment interviews in January 2016. admission-interview-request-form-2
The student(s) and all legal parents/guardians must be present at this interview. Each prospective student within a family may have a separate interview if appropriate.
Step 2: Interview
The purpose of the interview is to ensure that the prospective student and their parents/guardians understand and agree with the philosophy of the school. If, after the interview, the student and his/her family plan to continue the enrollment process, the Admissions Director will give the family an Enrollment Packet.
Step 3: Early Enrollment
After the Admission Interview, and starting in February 2016, interested families will be able to enroll their child and reserve a place at the school for the 2016-17 school year by giving a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of monthly tuition. This amount will ultimately be applied towards the child’s tuition once school begins.
Step 4: Visiting Week
Once the school is open, everyone interested in pursuing enrollment after the initial interview will first spend a week at school as a visiting student so that the school, the student, and the student’s family have a chance to decide about enrollment. Enrollment may take place at any time during the school year, as long as there are openings available. The fee for the visiting week is $200. Part-time students must attend 5 days in a two-week period.