some questions regarding the SVS model vs traditional schooling

SwiftRain (
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 17:21:47 -0500

hello, all. i have been reading this list for several weeks, and i am
delurking sufficiently to ask a question or two, though i don't intend
to be overly prolific in this forum (i write quite enough messages on
i am a 16 year old in medford, ma, and i am interested in going to
sudbury valley (once i get through various constraints, economic and

i have had several discussions with my therapist -- who also runs a
special needs school and does several other things (her life is a bit
hectic:) -- about SVS..
i explained to her the ideas behind SVS, and she has expressed disbelief
that the concept can work.
all of the people she has talked to about the school have spoken about
it in a negative way..
some of what she heard was that SVS teaches the bright students, while
letting others "fall by the wayside," and that graduates of SVS "don't
know how to write a term paper."

basically, what i would like to know from the members of this list is:

in your experiance with SVS-model schools, is above average
intelligence/creativity required to succeed? do these schools fail to
effectively educate students who are less intelligent or academic?

are graduates of SVS-model schools able to cope with the demands of
college and the workplace better/worse/the-same/just-differantly than
students of traditional schools?

i would appreciate any ideas you have about these, or other aspects of
the success of the SVS model relative to traditional schooling...
...even if you don't feel they are appropriate to distribute to the
list, i.e. if the topic has been covered here before (which i imagine it
might have been), i would appreciate comments/replies at :)