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Sudbury School Paris

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CurriculumOpen choice of curriculum
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): €6,500
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: €6,500
Address: 4 Rue du Dessous des Berges, 75013 Paris, France
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school

9 currently: American, British, Australian, French, Italian, Latvian, Estonian, Chinese, Colombian

Most common nationality

Not Applicable

Ratio of local students to international students


Max. number of students per class

Our school doesn’t have classes, the maximum capacity of the current place is 25.

Average number of students per class

Our philosophy is based on free age-mixing from 4 to 19, and as such we do not divide the school into age groups. However we strive to maintain a balance, and our aim is to ultimately have 3 to 4 students of each age.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Unlike most schools (even alternative ones) our focus is on self-directed learning rooted in each student’s own intrinsic motivation, not transmission from a teacher to a pupil. However, we have staff members who are here to provide students with resources to realize their projects. Students are also free to allocate the school's budget to getting teachers with a particular skill if they feel the need. Moreover, we have volunteer helpers (both long-term and more occasional ones) able to share a diversity of skills and interests with students.

Native English speaking teachers

As an anglophone school, the team consists of members who are all fluent in English although not all are native, some of them are also bilingual in French.

Language support for students not fluent in English

No, prospective members are required to already possess a sufficient level of English to engage in the life of the community, they don’t need to be totally fluent and their level improves naturally with the exposure to the language every day.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Our school is based on Sudbury philosophy and one of the main principles is self-directed learning. Students have the freedom to learn whatever interests them. They are trusted to take responsibility for their own education. No classes are offered, although "teaching" (including languages) may occur spontaneously between members of any age, informally, within a "club" or even in more familiar forms. Students at our school have successfully engaged alone or with others in studying languages such as Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, Hindi… The sky’s the limit! Some have even invented their own languages, with grammatical rules, exceptions, their own writing system, etc.

Use of technology in the classroom

The school has a few computers (desktop and laptop) available for all members of the school. Students all also free to bring their own computers, tablets and/or other devices. Some have brought robots, arduino kits, we’ve had a VR (virtual reality) demonstration, and many students learn coding through Minecraft and other software. Others have made their own videos or even video games.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Our school does not engage in any form of standardized or individualized evaluation. We believe only self-evaluation (or specific requests for an “objective” evaluation) are meaningful and useful to students. As they set their own targets and rules, really, no one is better placed than themselves to evaluate whether or not they have truly achieved their own goals.

Approximate hours of homework given

Not Applicable

Uniform required

No, students are free to come as they are.

Waiting list

Our school is open to new enrollments

Entry evaluation for students

Yes. Before enrolling, students have a 2-week trial period during which they will be observing and participating in school’s everyday life.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

1/ The student has to be autonomous enough to take care of him/herself.
2/ The student has to respect the rules created and accepted by the community to protect each individual’s freedom, as well as cleaning duties that every student and staff member shares.
3/ The student has to be able to understand and communicate in English.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is none.

Students can join after academic year begins

Students are free to join at any time of the school year.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

As our school is very young, we haven’t had any “graduates” yet, so we are lacking of the statistics to this question. At Sudbury Valley School, our inspiration in the US, 80% of their graduates attended a higher educational institution, 20% deliberately chose not to because their career plans did not require them to do so.

External examinations or assessments available

Students are not obliged to take any examinations nor assessments. We believe only self-evaluation (or specific requests for an “objective” evaluation) are meaningful and useful to students. As they set their own targets and rules, really, no one is better placed than themselves to evaluate whether or not they have truly achieved their own goals.

Results in these examinations

Not Applicable.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Currently we don’t have any students practicing religion at the school but they are free to do so for any religion.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

There is not distinct treatment. Students of all beliefs/religions are welcome.

School bus service available

No, we don’t.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No, but the freedom, lack of pressure and judgement members enjoy at our school has proved to be an excellent milieu for several students with special needs who have been able to develop happily, at their own rhythm.

Learning support offered

In an environment where there are no expected results and students are free to learn and explore at their own pace, pressure disappears and they can relax, learn to appreciate and overcome their own limits when the moment is right rather than being forced to do so at a time imposed by others or a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

As our school supports autonomous learning, gifted and talented students can explore their interests as far as they wish, without devoting time to activities they do not wish to engage in. They are no longer limited by their teachers’ pace and can pursue their learning in any shape or form they see best, including outside of the school building (libraries, museums, conferences, on-the-field excursions, discussions with experts…). They can even request the school to purchase things they might need.

Student access to education psychologist

Our school does not provide this service.

School start time

Students are free to arrive anytime between 8:30-10.30.

School finish time

The school closes at 17:00, but students are not obliged to be in the school until the closing hour. The only rule about daily attendance is to arrive at school before 10.30 and stay a minimum of 5 hours.

Supervised care before/after school

No, we don’t.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Any that members create. Currently, we have a Cooking Corporation, music gatherings on Mondays and debates on Fridays. A role-playing-game club has just been created. These activities are likely to evolve over time, as new interests emerge and old ones wane.

School provided lunches

No, but we do have a kitchen where everyone is free to make their own lunch. We also have Cooking Corporation every Wednesday in which everyone is free to join and which has a budget from the school.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

As we do not offer lunch, students are free to decide their own diets.

Sports activities included

None, as we don’t have a curriculum. Students are free to practice any sport activity they wish. Some go to the swimming pool, do yoga or other types of workout at school.

Sports facilities at the school

We have ping-pong, basketball and badminton.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Not currently.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Freedom, respect, trust, democracy, justice, community, responsibility for one’s own education (informal and self-directed learning)

Teaching approach of the school

Our school’s approach is based on the Sudbury philosophy, originated from the Sudbury Valley School, founded in 1968 in Framingham, near Sudbury, Massachusetts. The model is based on a simple idea that nature has provided children with the innate drive, desire and necessary tools to become effective adults. Therefore the central function of the school is to provide an environment in which children can grow and find their own particular paths to living and flourishing as adults.

In Sudbury Schools there are no predetermined educational syllabus, no prescriptive curriculum and no standardized instruction or testing. Learning is 100% informal or self-directed. Students individually decide what to do with their time and tend to learn as a by-product of their day-to-day experience rather than through coursework. Children are born curious and ready to learn and explore. Whether students are debating with a friend, playing football, contributing in meetings or pursuing something they view as meaningful and relevant, they are always learning.

Democracy is one of the key methods through which Sudbury Schools create an environment conducive to human flourishing. Every Sudbury School is a democratic community in which all decision-making processes, without exception, are in the hands of the whole school community. Students of all ages and staff have an equal vote. Thus students’ sense of ownership is fostered, not just over their own learning but also over their environment and school community. Within a community of equals the democratic process also ensures that values such as freedom of expression, justice, mutual respect, trust, responsibility and self-determination are also nurtured.

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