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Where children direct their own learning

Come to our informational meeting Oct 27 at 2pm, Porter Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia 22554
Jefferson Sudbury School (JSS), near Fredericksburg, Virginia , opens September 2013 and will be an alternative school for students from kindergarten through high school. JSS is based on the groundbreaking educational philosophy developed by the Sudbury Valley School (SVS) in Massachusetts.

At Jefferson Sudbury School, all students are free to do and study what they want, how they want, and when they want. This freedom is at the heart of the school. The burden of what to do with their time lies squarely on the students. This teaches them responsibility like no other type of school can. Students learn mostly on their own or from peers. This frees up the staff to spend as much time in one-on-one instruction with students as they may need and desire. Staff members go by first names, many students get to know adults as real people for the first time in their lives and learn to interact openly with persons of all ages. Students and teachers have equal votes at School Meetings. This meeting makes all of the day to day decisions necessary to run the school; it is chaired by students and it is run similar to town hall meetings. There is no principal, no higher authority, and no veto power.

At JSS, real learning takes place, the one that sticks and is useful for life: learning based on interests and passion, exploring, brainstorming, necessity, and doing things alone or in groups, with peers or with staff. Genuine failure and accomplishment lead students forward, rather than stepping through syllabi, homework, and endless tests, or the tedious earning of esoteric grades.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Anette Stjarnhjarta, please call 7032867394 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


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