Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Alma Forest School
HundrED has not validated this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
The school was born out of a lack of alternative education options in the south of Spain and has since developed into a project that aims to develop a model of education that transgresses any dogmatic approach to what a school can and should be. Hopefully, we will be able to make this model of education available to more families by opening further small schools in the future.
How does your innovation work in practice?
In practice, this kind of education is inherently unpredictable. Our students take the lead in generating questions and topics to investigate. One month, we will spend much of our time at the beach while other months are spent dwelling on the origins of life and what the future holds. We gravitate towards the natural world around us but don’t shy away from the abstract. Our students spend time developing their academic skills in workshops in order to access ideas and share their understanding. They spend a good portion of their time in school developing their own self-directed projects and studies. We value play, unstructured time and opportunities to form strong relationships.
How has it been spreading?
From our humble beginnings, we have become a destination school with people from around the world moving to the area to enrol their children. Increased enrolment has also allowed us to offer subsidized spaces for families that could not otherwise afford a private school.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
We are always happy to share our ideas and help others wanting to create spaces in which children can thrive. Get in touch and talk to us. Another good starting point is to spend time visiting and talking to schools that do things differently in your local context. Ultimately, slow down, learning can be something beautiful once the pressure of performance and comparison with levels is abandoned.