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Community Commons/ Global Village School

The Farm School is developing a Community Commons that includes, among many other wonderful features, a wiki database of online educational activities and resources that will be available this coming summer. Our community commons will include material developed by teachers at The Farm School Solar and Satellite Campuses and links to curriculum and support provided by our sister school, Global Village School.

While we are getting our Community Commons ready for our grand reopening, please check out the Curriculum Guides and teacher support for those guides provided by Global Village School page. If you decide to purchase curriculum guides from them, please let them know that you found them through The Farm School.

Educational Philosophy

Our Approach to Learning begins with three key ideas:

  • We are individuals
    Each of us is born one of a kind, with unique gifts and special needs, and each of us follows our own path through life. These differences make us interesting to each other and enable us to bring our unique points of view to relationships we have with others.
  • We exist in relationship to others and the physical world
    We have a natural desire to interact with each other as we each interact with our world. All learning results from these interactions.
  • Our individuality and our inter-relatedness can be synergistic
    When we are free to express ourselves and are skilled at communicating our differing and potentially conflicting points of view, we can put our gifts together and complete projects with others that we would be unable to complete as independent individuals.

These three key ideas give rise to the following additional ideas:

  • 30We view learning as a natural activity.
    Our educational philosophy begins with the belief that all people have a natural desire to learn and grow, and that all aspects of life are a part of a person’s education.
  • We emphasize our connection to nature.
    We see human beings as parts of, and dependent on, a web of life that we are capable of enriching or destroying. To help us develop a reverence for the natural world that will help us build towards a sustainable culture we spend as much time observing and interacting with nature as we can.
  • We see each of us as gifted and unique.
    Our goal is helping all learners develop their unique strengths and overcome their unique challenges on their way to self actualization and personal liberation.
  • We are a relationship-based learning community.
    We are a community of diverse individuals connected by deep relationships; we all learn with and from each other. We invite our wider communities to join us and we spend much of our time learning out in these communities.
  • We are powered by diversity.
    We believe that the wisest communities are powered by diversity. We are fortunate to include families diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, ability, religion and sexual orientation.
  • We practice compassionate communication.
    Our differences are resources. We practice listening to each other and honoring each other’s voices. We speak to express ourselves and listen to learn from each other.
  • We provide a cooperative learning environment.
    We use cooperation, not competition as a model. Intimidation and authoritarian means of implementing learning programs are not part of the agenda so learners have the freedom to be who they are without interference or judgment.
  • We are an interest-based learning community.
    Learners are encouraged to pursue their zeal, in a relaxed setting of encouragement and with a variety of resources.
  • We use a responsive project-based curriculum.
    We learn science, math, technology, social science and communication arts (i.e., languages, music and other art forms) as well as other social, emotional and practical skills as we engage in projects that come from our hearts.
  • We are a self-governing learning community.
    Our governance is one of our key ongoing projects. We make agreements about how we function as a learning community (e.g., how we: resolve conflicts, schedule activities and do assessment) during meetings where each of us has an equal voice.
  • We are a spiritual learning community.
    We see everything as interconnected and strive to be kind to ourselves, each other, our communities and our planet. Beyond that, we deeply respect all religious beliefs and faiths including atheism and agnosticism and require no statement of faith of any kind.

Part time Options In Summertown

Our part time options are designed to provide flexibility for enrolling families while also protecting our faculty’s sanity. The basic structure of our week is that M-Th feature ongoing cumulative courses (e.g., communication arts, math, science, social studies and project time) while our Fridays are stand-alone days with a format that tends to change over the years.

We haven’t quite nailed the format for Fridays this year but it will almost certainly include some kind of service project (a project that benefits others beyond ourselves) in the morning, which for many if not all of us, includes cooking the lunch that we all share, followed by fun classes that in the past have included dance, mural painting, photography, wilderness survival and creative crafting.

Our part time options include:

  •   Enrolling for just Fridays,
  •   Enrolling for full days Monday through Thursday, and
  •   Enrolling for a specific class or classes Monday through Thursday. Anyone enrolling in an ongoing class must agree to attend all meetings of that class. We no longer have an option to attend ongoing classes one or two days a week.

We also typically open 2 or 3 Fridays a quarter for Satellite campus families that want to join with us on a more occasional basis. And finally, we have two outdoor weeks per year when a limited number of Satellite Campus families can join us. Fall Outdoor Week Registration

The fees for Fridays for families enrolled in our Satellite Campus are: $1,080 for a full year of Fridays ($30 per day), $300 for a quarter ($33.33 per day) or $35 for a single open Friday. These fees include a $5 fee for the food we will cook. We will soon post what the Fridays are per quarter for the single Open Fridays. Check the calendar for updates. 

Blog Posts by our Principal, Peter Kindfield