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Implementing Democracy in the School          
 

The school is structured and run in the format of a democratic state; that is, on the principle of separation of powers. There are three governing bodies in the school: legislative, judicial, and executive; students, teachers, and parents serve on these bodies as equal members. This too is an integral part of the learning processes that take place at the school.
 
The school’s legislative body is called the parliament, members of which are the entire student body, the staff, and parents. The parliament convenes once a week and is run by an elected staff. The school laws are decided upon at the parliament sessions.
 
The judicial body comprises the disciplinary committee, the appeals committee, and the mediation committee, members of which are students, teachers, and parents who were democratically elected to these roles. Every individual in the school, regardless of age or position, can bring a case before (or be brought before) these committees.
 
The executive body is made up of the various committees responsible for implementing and executing the decisions of the parliament.

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The school believes that the rights of each child to liberty, respect, and self-realization are inalienable rights. From these rights derives the right of each child to engage in her or his true areas of interest, by choice, and to shape her or his own personal and moral outlook. Choice means that the responsibility for learning remains with the child. The school staff is party to this process by offering the children guidance and encouragement, listening to their troubles, aiding, and advising. In the end, it is the children who decide how to use their time at school, the basic assumption being that any choice is a good one, and that the children should not be compelled to superficially encounter many subjects just for the purpose of learning how to choose what interests them. To facilitate choice, the school offers classes on a wide variety of topics.

Read more about democratic principles at work in the learning process at our school…