RE: DSM: Graduates without essential life skills

From: william van horn (wmvh1@excite.com)
Date: Sat Dec 01 2001 - 00:48:40 EST


Thanks Joe. It sounds like a good solution. William

On Fri, 30 Nov 2001 14:54:35 -0500, discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org wrote:

> William,
>
> This is an area wherein you will find practically all the schools
> differing depending on the state they are in.
>
> In order to be accredited by the state of Maryland a private school must
> comply with a list of very specific requirements concerning curriculum
> and structure. As we were obviously unsuccessful in gaining Maryland
> private school status, we were actually told by a person at the MBE
> non-public schools division that we should consider associating with a
> church and becoming a Maryland Church-Exempt school.
>
> We talked to a couple of churches including the local Unity (Unitarian?
> I get them mixed up) church and couldn't work anything out. We then got
> the idea to start a church of our own. The church would be very similar
> to the model, wherein the church would be an umbrella organization
> within which different small groups would operate. The small groups
> might or might not engage in specific spiritual or worship activities,
> but the body of the church itself does not endorse any particular faith,
> creed or spiritual/worship activity, except for our stated creed:
>
> "Fairhaven Fellowship exists to support the emotional, intellectual, and
> spiritual growth of its members by maintaining a structure wherein
> individuals and their families may conduct their own responsible search
> for truth and meaning. The Fairhaven Fellowship governs and operates
> Fairhaven School, a learning community based on the Sudbury model of
> education. The Sudbury model is founded upon the principle that learning
> is best fostered by self-motivation, self-regulation, and
> self-criticism; provides a curriculum determined by the interests of
> students and teachers; and holds that the opportunities and
> responsibilities of governing the school is shared among students,
> parents, teachers, other employees, and other representatives of the
> community."
>
> Anyway, the answer to your question is that Fairhaven School is a
> Maryland Church-Exempt school accredited by Fairhaven Fellowship. We
> offer a high school diploma, and have had no problems with colleges or
> any other organization I know of accepting our diploma, just as they
> would accept diplomas from DeMatha or the Quaker schools or any of our
> other local religious schools.
>
> -Joe
>
>
> > This is a little off track of where this conversation evolved to but:
> >
> > Are Sudbury schools accreditted with their states and do the
> > students get an equivalancy of a HS diploma. The alternative
> > HS I went to gave out an official diploma even though it did
> > not have the grades and tests as the rest of the public
> > schools. (I know this has nothign to do with essential
> > skills, but......)
> >
> >
> > William M. Van Horn
> > wmvh1@excite.com
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