JP Green School invites children and teens to learn and live in harmony with nature. We are open three days/week for homeschoolers (ages 3-11) during the school year. Teenagers 13+ may apply to be paid assistants.
ENROLLMENT IS ONGOING: JOIN US AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR
We encourage young people to adopt the mindset of sustainability through urban gardening, cooking, building, and scientific inquiry into the natural world.
Our way is most similar to “free schooling”, or “self-directed education”: Our job is to create a safe, warm, and joyful space for young people, without coercion or excessive requirements. We spend most of our time outdoors, in the rich environment of the garden. Our conviction that play is the basis of all learning. The main requirements of our program are to show respect for others and the natural environment, and to tend to the garden.
We do “teach” biology and botany, with a daily lesson 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. All of our students learn the basics of gardening, urban food growing, and cooking. We bring in teachers and workshop leaders to introduce many other skills, including arts and crafts, music, carpentry and building, and athletics.
We are located at HOPE CENTRAL CHURCH in JP, at 85 Seaverns Street, Jamaica Plain. We have two indoor classrooms for discussions, art, and games, a kitchen for cooking, and a large garden for play, work, and contemplation. Our space includes tall trees, grass, garden beds, worms, a climbing structure, a tool shed, and woodworking bench. We are one block from the Green Street T Station.
Please come by! The best way to understand what we do is to visit. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a day and time.