...because life is not standardized.

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Join us for a back to school party and ice cream social Aug. 15, 1-4 p.m. All are welcome!

Tallgrass Sudbury School is one of a number of schools modeled after the Sudbury philosophy of education. Tallgrass was founded in 2008 and welcomes students from ages 5 to 19. We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily with flexible hours. School is in session from September to June. Our school is located in downtown Riverside, IL, a near southwest suburb of Chicago, with students drawn from Riverside, Oak Park, Berwyn, and throughout the Chicago area. Contact us to schedule a visit or learn more. 

Save the Date: Join us on Thursday, October 16, at 7 p.m. for a speech by Dr. Peter Gray, "The Purposes of Play: Insights from Evolutionary Psychology."

The founders of Tallgrass took their inspiration from the Sudbury Valley School (SVS), the original Sudbury school located in Framingham, Massachusetts, which has been in operation since 1968. SVS describes itself as follows. Tallgrass lives out these values in the day-to-day operations of our school.

“SVS is a place where people decide for themselves how to spend their days. Here, students of all ages determine what they will do, as well as when, how and where they will do it. This freedom is at the heart of the school; it belongs to the students as their right, not to be violated. The fundamental premises of the school are simple - that all people are curious by nature; that the most efficient, long-lasting, and profound learning takes place when started and pursued by the learner; that all people are creative if they are allowed to develop their unique talents; that age-mixing among students promotes growth in all members of the group; and that freedom is essential to the development of personal responsibility.”