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Agate Private School Reviews

Gain exclusive insight into life at Agate Private School from our carefully curated written reviews that deliver in-depth insider info from parents, alumni and students.

Our Perspective on Agate Private School

Agate Private School was created to reflect the Sudbury Model of education, which gets its name from the Sudbury Valley School founded in 1968 in Framingham, Massachusetts. An experimental school at the time, there are now more than 60 schools around the world that identify as Sudbury schools, all reflecting a core belief in educational freedom within a democratic learning environment. It’s an example of the free school movement, established in Europe in the 1920s, and perhaps peaking in the US in the 1960s and 1970s. It was a response to regimented learning of the kind that we still think of as stereotypically "school": students in rows of desks, learning a set curriculum in consort with their peers, and following a set schedule. In a sense, some of the core concepts of free schooling—instruction that is personal, student-directed, unregimented—have filtered their way into even the most traditional school settings today. Classrooms furniture is varied, with areas for quiet reading, group collaboration, etc. But Agate is an example of all of that and then some. Students guide their learning, choose how to spend their time, and follow their personal instincts. And, just as the Sudbury Valley School, or the Summerhill School in the UK—and indeed Agate itself—the model has proven itself effective. Perhaps it’s not the school for every student, though, indeed, there’s no school that is. The families that turn to Agate find a place where students are challenged to grow and learn in new ways. And they do. 

Written reviews

Dive deeply into the real culture of Agate Private School with reviews we’ve structured to highlight only the most valuable insights and opinions submitted by parents, students, and alumni.

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Parent, Tess Fairbridge (2024)

Gr. 2 to Gr. 5 (current), Gr. 2 to Gr. 5 (current) — My children love the freedom to follow the topics and interests that currently have their natur...

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Parent, Tracy Stirling (2024)

Gr. 4 to Gr. 7 (current), K to Gr. 12, Gr. 11 — My grandchild truly enjoys the freedom to follow her own curiosities and be able to dig deep as...

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Student, Kathy Parris (2024)

Gr. 3 to Gr. 4 (current) — I love Agate Private School. My son is learning at a faster rate with far more retention. I am...

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Parent, Celene Dobson (2024)

JK to Gr. 2 (current), JK to SK (current) — At Agate Private School, my child's homeschooling experience has been nothing short of exceptio...

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Parent, Yulanda Vanleer (2023)

Gr. 2 to Gr. 4 — Ari was really able to thrive with the help of Gayle. She is so good at bringing out the best i...

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