JP Green School invites children and teens to learn and live in harmony with nature. We are open four days/week for homeschoolers (ages 5-10) during the school year. Teenagers 13+ may apply to be paid assistants.
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 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. Most 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. Our space includes bees, worms, a climbing structure, a mud pit, a tool shed and woodworking bench. Our chicken coop opens for business this spring!
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.