Sudbury Experience Camp in June

We know choosing a school is not an easy thing to do, especially when we are talking about a brand new school, so we’ve decided to offer two, one-week Sudbury Experience Camp at the Lafayette Sudbury School in June. That way, interested students and parents can get to know us better and the students can explore and experience our school before committing for the fall.

For more information, click on the Sudbury Camp tab in our menu or click here.

 

Open House and Garage Sale Feb 13th, 2016

Now taking applications Lafayettesudbury.org (3)

We will be having a garage sale at our new campus February 13th between 7 am and 1 pm. Come shop with us and view our new home.

Location: 10195 Placide Road in Maurice, LA 70555

We are also accepting donations of items for the school and the garage sale. Contact us if you can help! We can even arrange for pick up!

Thank you for spreading the word.

Lafayette Sudbury School: A New Start!

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” Jack Penn

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” Marilyn vos Savant

This page was created in the fall of 2012 when we last attempted to launch a Sudbury school in the Lafayette area. After a few months of efforts and having made little progress, we reluctantly put our project on the back burner. We did make some progress, though, and giving that several of the interested parents had children that were too young for school, we knew it was only a matter of time before we launched the effort again.

And now is the time. And unlike the last time, we are not starting from scratch. The progress we did make a couple of years ago are our stepping stones.

The target date for the opening of the school is now September 2016. This gives us 14 months to organize, find/secure a location, raise funds, enroll students, hire staff, and do a myriad of other things.

We will start by having two public information sessions about our school this month where we will introduce the Sudbury model and answer questions:

Dates: July 16th & July 22nd, 2015

Time: 6pm

Location: The Clubhouse @ Chateau Mirage Apartments (1630 Rue Du Belier in Lafayette)

If you are interested in becoming a founder, member, or volunteer for Lafayette Sudbury, join us Wednesday, July 8th @ 5:30pm. This meeting will take place at our farm (near Maurice). If you want to attend, please contact us privately and we will send you the address.

Onward!

We Live, We Love, We Learn; We Unschool

“I have traveled ten million miles over the past twelve years searching for answers for how we might fix schools to help us in the creation of good people, good citizens, and good individual lives. No model is more promising than the Sudbury model. I would urge parents to give this model a close look. Trust your kids; they will surprise you.”
John Taylor Gatto

My Sudbury School journey began about 12 years ago while I was doing research on education for my PhD dissertation. This is also the time when I first discovered John Taylor Gatto and his Underground History of American Education, LewRockwell.com and the Mises Institute. My ideas about education and “schooling” were forever changed within only a few weeks, and there is no going back.

The irony is that I spent a whooping 23 years (yes 23) in “schools” (not including Kindergarten), and I came out believing in “unschooling.” Go figure!

When I came across and started reading about the Sudbury school model, there was no doubt in my mind that I had found the school of my dreams, the one I would have loved to attend myself, and the one I wanted for my (future) child. I even borrowed $500 from my mother so I could order the start up kit from the Sudbury Valley School, I read everything I could, and I began talking to people around me about Sudbury.

I never got very far and could tell, from the look on people’s faces, that they thought I had just lost it. We’re talking about a school where there are no scheduled classes, no curriculum being followed, and no mandatory testing whatsoever. Children of all ages decide what they will do, when, where, and with whom.

After a while, I became really tired of answering the same questions over and over: “how do you know they are learning if you don’t test them? What if they decide to watch TV or play video games all day? How will they get into college if they have no grades and no report cards? Is that even legal? How will you get the state to approve such a school?” And so on. The start up kit went into the closet and I went on with my life.

In 2005, our beautiful baby girl came into our lives. Before she was even born, we knew that we didn’t want her “schooled” in a traditional way: scheduled mandatory classes all day with bells ringing in between, the drilling and memorizing, just a few minutes of recess daily, hours of homework every night, and incessant testing. We don’t believe children learn that way, or people for that matter; life is not “standardized.”

In Lafayette, our thinking didn’t leave us with many school options. Just about all the schools, public or private around here follow this traditional model. We considered a Montessori school in town though we were never able to get in touch with the owner of the school.

There was also another Montessori near Sunset a couple of years ago where I would have loved for her to go full time however, it meant about 4 hours in the car every day because of where we live, and for her age group, they only offered 1/2 days.

Here’s the funny thing, though: had these schools been Sudbury schools, I would have done everything in my power to register our daughter, and I would have driven the 35+ miles of country roads (one way) every day for her to attend.

Heck, I even thought about moving to Framingham, MA, home of the Sudbury Valley School, but I left Canada 18 years ago to get away from the cold and have no interest of going back up north. Besides, my Cajun husband is just not going anywhere. Those of you who know Cajuns understand what I’m talking about.

So this past summer, Lynn (my husband) and I made a decision that we were going to unschool and that we would once again make an effort to open a Sudbury school in the Lafayette area by seeking other parents and children who want this type of education. This is how this blog/website came about and our LafayetteSudbury Facebook page.

You see, I have a hard time believing that we’re the only ones in the Lafayette area embracing unschooling and a student-led education and I keep thinking that someday, somehow, words of our Sudbury school will travel and reach these fine folks who don’t know we’re here, yet.

And if we never get our Sudbury school off the ground, that’s ok, too. My child will still be unschooled and will be allowed to discover our world and what life is about on her own schedule and her own terms.

We live, we love, we learn; we unschool. Care to join us?