...because life is not standardized.

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Our next open house will be on April 21st from 11am to 2pm

Tallgrass Sudbury School is one of a number of schools across the country modeled after the Sudbury philosophy of education. Tallgrass was founded in 2008 and welcomes students from ages 5 to 19. We are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily with flexible hours for students. School is in session from September to June. Our school is located in downtown Riverside, IL, a near southwest suburb of Chicago.

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 in the following. In practice, Tallgrass has adopted 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.”