Students may enroll at Nashville Sudbury School any time during the school year, subject to availability. You will find the current enrollment process below.
Step 1: Learn about Our Model
Sudbury schools are surprisingly different from most other public and private schools. Read, watch or listen to some of the abundant information on the model. Our website and especially our FAQ and Resources Page are excellent places to get started. We offer two enrollment track options: A full time private school track and a flexible homeschool track.
Step 2: Let’s Get to Know Each Other
When you are ready to move forward, call 615-543-6160 or email Admissions clerk, Sonia LeBlanc, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an enrollment interview. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you and your family, and for you to get to know us and ask us questions about the school. The enrollment interview is not a test or a means of selecting certain kinds of students. It is a frank discussion during which all parties can make sure that Nashville Sudbury School is a good fit for the student and the family.
There is no fee for this visit, and it creates no obligation to pursue enrollment. We find it’s helpful to most students for all involved parents and/or guardians (even if non-custodial) to attend an interview prior to enrollment, whether together or in separate meetings.
As part of the enrollment interview, you will get a tour of our campus during school hours so that you can see the Sudbury model in action. Interviews typically last about two hours, but we are happy to take as much time as you need to make sure all questions are answered.
Step 3: Ready to Enroll
At the conclusion of your Enrollment Interview or soon after, we’ll invite you to enroll or we’ll tell you why we cannot offer admission. Call us at 615-543-6160 to schedule your registration meeting to complete your enrollment. At your registration meeting, we will go over general paperwork and discuss tuition payment options. You will sign the contract and make an initial deposit.
We’ll send you the forms to be filled out before the meeting to expedite the process. Custodial parents and all enrolling students from your family should attend the registration meeting, which usually takes no more than an hour.
Step 4: Practice Period
We understand that transitioning to self-directed learning in a participatory democracy is a transformational step on one’s educational path and we do not take this decision lightly. That is why we have a four-week Practice Period in place for all newly enrolled students and their families. This is a time to get to know the model first-hand and make sure it is a good fit for the student, their family, and the school. On an agreed upon date, the student will begin as a full voting member, with the rights and responsibilities of a Nashville Sudbury School Meeting member.
At the two-week and four-week marks, we ask the parents and student to come in for a check-in meeting. During the check-ins, the student and their family will receive feedback from staff about how things are going as well as give feedback of their own and address any concerns.
During the Practice Period, if you or the school find that the school isn’t the right fit, you or the school can end the enrollment with no financial penalty. At the end of the Practice Period, if you or the school are not sure yet about whether this is truly the best fit, we can extend the Practice Period for another two weeks and schedule another check-in meeting at the end of the extra time. We want to be sure the school will meet your high expectations! If you are ready to enroll after the Practice Period ends, you will commit a year-long contract.
Nashville Sudbury School, a part of Two Springs Fellowship, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is open to students ages 4-18 and welcomes students of every race, creed, and culture as well as families of every composition.