Young people want to learn…

Human beings are learning creatures. We don’t have to persuade babies to be curious and to seek competence and understanding. The same can be true at any age. Rather than trying to motivate or control young people, we support their basic human drive to learn and grow. Where obstacles – internal or external – might get in the way of this intrinsic drive, we focus on supporting community members (of all ages) to overcome these obstacles.

Our vision is based upon the belief that children’s natural curiosity and vitality should guide their learning experiences, which may take many different forms.  We believe that personalized, self-directed, democratic learning environments, where children and adults might have different roles but, in the end, have equal say, affords the optimal opportunity for children to learn and to thrive both as individuals and as members of their communities.

We do not aim to produce specific types of young people, with specific, assessed skills or knowledge, but aim to provide an environment in which young people can define who they are and what they want to be…


an environment

in which

young people

can define

who they are

and what they

want to be…


Imagine a learning environment where everyone’s voice counts…

At Cedar Hill Open Learning Community we strongly believe in protecting children’s rights in education. Here, your child is welcome to be whoever they want to be.

 Cedar Hill Open Learning Community provides a democratic and non-coercive environment where children are encouraged to direct their own learning path. Without the confines of a mandatory curriculum, children are able to dive deeply into their interests and develop lifelong learning skills.

 Cedar Hill Open Learning Community is a new model of education and it is a place like none other in our community. We welcome children and families from all walks of life and we can’t wait to get to know you.