At The Open School Self-Directed Learning and Democratic Decisions Are The Norm

When you hear the idea of a self directed democratic school, you might wonder if that means the students will vote for ice cream everyday.

Or, more likely, you have a more mature viewpoint than I and are curious how a school can be democratic in its educational mission and still deliver a strong learning environment.

Cassi Clausen is a core founder of Open School based in Southern California. At Open School, self directed learning is expected and democratic decision making is the norm. She explains how this concept works and what types of students, teachers (she does not call them teachers), and parents learn in this type of environment.



Cassi is the core founder of The Open School, with campuses located in Santa Ana and Temecula Valley, CA. The school is the only self-directed democratic school in Southern California. With her husband Josh, she is raising 3 self-directed kids who amaze her daily.


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