The Key for both generations is to be open to what is unfolding, to honor the person an adolescent is becoming through all of the many unpredictable stages and experiences this time entails.
-Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
As a private, independent, secondary school using a democratic governance model, u.school is run directly by its students, families, and teachers. The weekly Communitas meeting is where the u.school students and staff make the day to day decisions about the school. Each student and staff member has an equal voice and vote in this expression of direct democracy.
Designed from the start to operate with very low overhead and relying exclusively on tuition, u.school makes an effort to be affordable for families with 40% of students budgeted to receive some form of Tuition Assistance. u.school is actively reaching out to communities that haven't historically considered attending a private school.