Our Kids logo
Alternative Schools
Find the best schools at

  • Meet with top-ranked schools
  • Speak with school leaders and admission directors
  • Get feedback from current students and parents.

Whether you’re 99% sure of your school choice, or just starting out, parents agree attending the Expo saved them time and provided the answers they were looking for.

There is no time to wait! Get 50% tickets today.

First Name: required
Email: Valid email required
Confirm Email: Valid email required
Expo Location: required
×

Alternative Schools

Find a list of schools  

Considering private school?
Meet face-to-face with top private schools at the Private School Expo in your city. RSVP for 50% off tickets.


"Alternative schools" refers to any school that offers a curriculum, learning environment, or philosophical predisposition that diverges markedly from the mainstream. Typical examples of alternative private schools and preschools include Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Arrowsmith.

Why parents choose alternative schools

Parents send children to alternative schools for numerous reasons. Classroom structure, educational outlook, and essentially alternative ideas about childhood development are among the most common motivators for sending a child to such a school. Some of these schools test innovative teaching strategies and programs to help them identify how children develop most effectively.

For example, Montessori schools, unlike most other types of private schools, believe that students learn best in large classes where they can educate themselves (i.e., self-exploration) and become mentors for each other. This principle has always distinguished Montessori education from the customary model of teaching.

Arrowsmith Schools focus on helping students with learning disabilities, through intensive and graduated cognitive exercises. The program presupposes the plasticity of the human brain, a concept that has gained much wider acceptance in the broader scientific community and in the public sphere.

Waldorf schools and preschools focus on hands-on activities and the stimulation provided bya a more holistic approach that downplays seat work.

Arrowsmith and Montessori (as well as, to a lesser extent, Waldorf) are examples of alternative schools that have seen their curriculum influence public education and become more widely accepted. Both progenitors of these methods (Maria Montessori and Barbara Arrowsmith) used their personal observations to see flaws in and help mold a unique alternative to mainstream schooling. Alternative schools are an important breeding ground for new ideas and approaches, although not all alternatives are as successful as these two examples.

Parents who enroll their sons or daughters in alternative private schools also have more control than they would find elsewhere. Conventional schools have fairly standard curricula and teaching strategies. Being private, alternative schools offer more control.

If your son or daughter has a high aptitude or passion in a certain discipline, some alternative schools can recognize this and help him or her develop that aptitude. Plenty of alternative schools and preschools (and daycares) combine classroom education with a particular specialty. In countless cases, parents prefer alternative schools because they allow their children to unleash their creativity which may have been stifled in another environment.

Selecting a private school usually comes down to finding the right fit. As such, private schools with clear and identifiable educational visions can help you make a choice based on concrete reasons.

Questions to consider before choosing an alternative private school

Prior to making this important decision, consider some, if not all, of these key questions:

  • What do current and former students, as well as their parents think about the school? Did it prepare alumni for the next stages of their lives or education?
  • What is the private school’s average class size? How many students, overall. are enrolled there?
  • Is the location convenient for you?

For much more detailed information about some excellent alternative private schools, visit one of Our Kids’ annual expos or click on any of the links below.

More alternative schools around the world:

Montessori schools in Poland (szkoły Montessori)

Social schools in Poland (szkoły społeczne)

Schools in Warsaw include przedszkola i szkoły Montessori w Warszawie

Private School Expos
FIND PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Advertisement

Five steps to finding
the perfect school


Start here

Latest Articles


November 6, 2017
Dedicated special needs schools
Find schools that are exclusively devoted to special needs education

November 6, 2017
Dedicated special needs classes and programs
Find schools with a class completed devoted to special needs education

November 6, 2017
Integrated special needs classes
Find schools with an integrated special needs class or program

November 6, 2017
Withdrawal special needs classes
Find schools with withdrawal special needs classes or programs

November 6, 2017
Regular classes with special needs resource support
Find schools with regular classes offering special needs resource assistance