Brooklyn Free School

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372 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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N40° 41' 13.5" W73° 58' 4.9"   (40.687083333333, -73.968027777778)
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The Brooklyn Free School is a private, K–12 democratic free school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn founded in 2004. The school follows the noncoercive philosophy of the 60s/70s free school movement schools, which encourages self-directed learning and protects child freedom of activity. There are no grades, no tests, and classes are non-compulsory. As of 2012, the school has 60 students and has about 20 graduates.
The school was the first free school in New York City since 1975. It started in a rented portion of a Park Slope Methodist church, but moved to a brownstone in Fort Greene. Students participate in the design of classes and in the school's governance, which is done at a weekly Democratic Meeting. Staff and students all have equal votes. The school is funded through sliding-scale tuition, grants, and donations. In 2012, Lucas Kavner of The Huffington Post called the Brooklyn Free School "arguably New York's most radical center of learning".

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Brooklyn Free School

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