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Freedom to BeReading in the sun.
Age-MixingAge-Mixing has been toted as one of HVSS's secret weapons. Children ages 5-19 mix freely, learning from and inspiring each other.
One on One InstructionOne on one instruction in algebra as requested.
Ocean ShowImpromptu puppet show
Rock n' RollRocking out on one of the big boulders our campus is home too.
Learning to Read The inspiration to learn to read is different for every child. These two want to know what is on the School Meeting agenda and are motivated to figure it out!
Time for LaughterTeenagers, like all of us, need time to breath, laugh, and find themselves. At HVSS they have the time and space to do all three.
InspectionSearching for four leaf clovers - the definition of patience.
Happiness in LearningA moment from Spanish class - when students are in control of their education, they bring a sense of joy to their learning.
A Grounded PerspectiveThose, in life, who have developed a solid sense of self are most likely to have a positive perspective.
FriendshipDeep and meaningful friendships help students navigate through the difficult job of growing up.
FocusStudents develop incredible focus that is applied to any pursuit, in this case mathematics.
ColorExperimenting with color.
Kings of the HillKids are free to be outside when they choose, and they choose to do so all year round!
DrawingA fully stocked art room allows for students of all skill levels to pursue their artistic side.
Living in a DemocracyHVSS is a participatory democracy, each student and staff has an equal vote in the operation of the school. The weekly School Meeting debates and makes decisions on all laws, discretionary spending, field trips, and the hiring of staff. There is no veto power or hierarchy, students have true power and grow up understanding their voice counts.
MonopolyA roll of the dice
Art WorkshopArt Cooperative members in the midst of an acrylic paint workshop, taught by artist and Staff Member Cindy.
Mirrored PairsBoys relaxing, reading, and refreshing their energy.
Bread BakerA small bread baking business was created as a fundraiser for a trip to Europe. After mentoring with Much Mor Bread she continued on her own filling weekly bread orders while at HVSS>
A Band of RebelsRole-playing games are a constant source of play at HVSS. This band of rebels had a long term game that brought them through history, starting with cave men and advancing though the ages.
Self ReflectionBoredom is celebrated at HVSS. It is in these moments of self reflection that people are able to find themselves.
Civilization CreationOne year the entire field was filled with mini civilizations created with natural objects. Each participant had their own creation along side communal ones like the one pictured here.
Zone of Proximal DevelopmentThose who have just learned a skill are better qualified to teach it.
Conversation Conversation is a cornerstone of the Sudbury philosophy. At HVSS children have time to talk to each other and the staff about every topic under the sun.
Self DirectionThis devoted musician built his own guitar.
Creative PlayThe shade and stumps of our slide structure are a perfect landscape for creative play.
Mixed age sportsSports are played daily at HVSS. Teams are mixed ages and filled with healthy competition.
Cutting EdgeStudents have access to technology with the time to research, game and code. Most computer pursuits are a social scene bubbling with excitement and cooperation.
SocializationTime to socialize is crucial and often overlooked.
Dungeons & DragonsDelving into the strategy of Dungeons & Dragons character development.
SupportWhat is impossible alone becomes triumph together.
Reading at Their Own PaceGiven the time, space, and support, children at HVSS learn to read at their own pace.
TinkeringOne of the several Tinkering Cooperative "Take Apart Days".
Blown - Trick PhotographyOne of the HVSS Photography Cooperative's assignments for their intensive photography class was trick photography - this is one of the final images.
2014-15 Group PhotosThe majority of our Students and Staff from 2014-15 school year.
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