The Nashville Sudbury School is enrolling for 2018-2019 school year. We have come a long way since 2015 when founder, Sonia Fernandez LeBlanc, read Free at Last by Daniel Greenberg shortly after learning about the Sudbury Model for the first time. She immediately started researching the model more in depth, created a Facebook group called, Nashville Sudbury School – Founders and Interest Group, connecting with those in the Nashville community committed to freedom and democracy in learning. She discovered that she was most certainly not the only one in the Nashville and surrounding area interested in creating a space for liberatory learning in the spirit of Sudbury Valley School, established in 1968 in Framingham, MA.
In January 2016, a founders group was officially established with a total of 4 founding families. The journey to open a Sudbury school in Nashville began with monthly founders meetings, which are still held on the 4th Monday of every month. Today we have 8 founding families who are involved in day-to-day work to open the school. We also have over 450 members in our Facebook community who attend events, encourage this movement, and are generally just excited and eager for this school to become a reality!
The Nashville Sudbury School founders are in the process of applying to the Tennessee Board of Education for Category IV church exempt status under the umbrella of Two Springs Fellowship, Inc., a 501(c)(3) secular religious organization that the founders established in 2017. After extensive research, it became clear that the best way for the school to stay true to the Sudbury model in Tennessee would be to open as a Category IV Church Exempted School. So the founders established Two Springs Fellowship, Inc, whose purpose is to provide a democratically self-governed environment where exploration of personal truth and meaning happens freely and with responsibility. The community encourages the rights of all humans to follow their own learning path from early childhood to the end of life and every step in between without mandates on when and how they acquire the skills and information for which they are interested.
After a nearly year long search, Nashville Sudbury School is excited to call North Nashville home. We will open at 3551 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN on August 22nd. To learn how to secure a spot for the 2018-2019 school year, click here!
We will update here about church exempt school status as soon as we have confirmation! We are so close!