Children should have complete freedom and control to learn regardless of age, achievement, or ability. The underlying principles of the Sudbury model promote play-based and organic learning, where students gain independence, follow their interests, create, explore, and engage in their community. Balancing the interests and decisions of each individual child within the greater community is the beauty of self direction in democracy. This model gives children the opportunity to explore their individual needs and desires all the while managing how that can bump up against or merge with others in the community. Through bridging those intersections, students and staff create an environment together that builds upon mutual respect for each other and a commitment to their community. The Nashville Sudbury School is truly at the intersection of individual freedom and democracy. For more details on the Sudbury Model, visit our FAQ and Resources links.