ages served

Typically ages 5-19, but we've also enrolled a 4 year old and a 20 year old. It all depends on what works best for the student and the school.   

staff members

Tallgrass has two full-time staff members, Deena Habbal and Elizabeth Lund, as well as part-time staff members Loretta Harper and Melissa Bradford. See staff bios.  

enrollment (for 2016-2017) 

20 students are enrolled currently for this year. Contact us to start the enrollment process today.

special needs

Students with special needs like ADHD, learning disabilities, and many autism spectrum disorders have  thrived at our school. All students must be able to function independently and communicate well enough to understand and follow school rules. If you have questions about special needs, please call 708.777.1037 or email us and we'd be happy to discuss whether our school would be a good fit for your family.

racial / ethnic diversity

The Tallgrass community encourages diversity and respect for all cultures. Because we are a small school, our distribution of ethnic diversity varies greatly year to year.

religion policy

Religion is not part of any school activities at Tallgrass, inside or outside of school hours. Students are free to follow their own religious beliefs while attending Tallgrass. Our school is located on the top floor of the Riverside United Methodist Church, but we are not affiliated with that or any other church. 

arrival / dismissal / attendance flexibility

Tallgrass is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students must be at Tallgrass a total of 5 hours per day to meet state-required student attendance policies. Students may attend all day, come in later or leave earlier depending on what works best for each student and their family. 

parental involvement

Tallgrass fosters individual growth by letting children experience freedom in their place of learning, and because of this, we ask parents to allow their children to be autonomous. Parents are welcome to request to become volunteers at the school, but we discourage parents from excessively monitoring their child while at school, with the general goal of allowing children to develop themselves in a non-authoritarian environment. Tallgrass encourages parents to join committees such as the financial planning committee and marketing committee, or participate in parent coffees and Tallgrass community activities.


2016-17 full-time tuition is $6300. For details on other options, see our tuition page

social / emotional development

Students at Tallgrass need to have the ability to handle freedom without needing supervision as a community member of our school and Judicial Committee. Being fully autonomous, while adhering to the rules of the school as listed in the Tallgrass Sudbury Law Book, is mandatory for all students. 


Tallgrass is located at 82 Woodside Road, Riverside, IL 60546. Tallgrass is a short walk away from the Riverside Metra stop off the BNSF line. Our main entrance is located on the west side of the building on Kimbark Road--if you see our sign next to the door, you're on the right side! We are located on the top level of the Riverside Methodist Church.


Tallgrass Sudbury School was founded in 2008 by Melissa Bradford.

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82 Woodside Rd, Riverside, IL 60546