JP Green School teaches children and teens to learn and live in harmony with nature. We host classes for homeschoolers, after-school programs, and summer camps. We hire teen assistants.
We invite young people into the mindset of sustainability through urban gardening, cooking, building, and scientific inquiry into the natural world.
Our way is most similar to “free schooling”: We consider it our job to create a safe, warm, and joyful space for young people, without coercion or requirements. We spend most of our time outdoors, in the rich environment of the garden.
To an outsider, the school may appear to have more “recess” than anything else. This is intentional and comes out of our conviction that play is the basis of all learning. All engagement by students in formal activities is voluntary. The only requirements are to show respect for others and the natural environment, and to tend to the garden.
We explore biology and botany, with all lessons evolving from hands-on experience in nature. One of our goals is to make sure students attain a foundational knowledge of evolution and natural selection.
Our classroom is JP Green House, a zero-carbon homestead in Jamaica Plain (JPGH.org). We have indoor space for discussions, art, games, and cooking, and a large garden for play, work, and contemplation. We have bees, worms, a climbing structure, a mud pit, and soon we will have chickens!
Please come by! The best way to understand what we do is to visit. Contact us at email@example.com to schedule a day and time.