Schools Using The Whole Child Model

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Public Schools Using Whole Child Models

This list includes schools we know well, and schools we have not visited that identify themselves as “whole child” on their websites.  It is by no means complete, and does not indicate that the schools listed all use the same methods.  For complete lists of Public Montessori or Public Waldorf schools see their national websites listed on the Holistic Learning Approaches page.  If you know of a school we should be including or excluding, contact us!


*Anchorage: Chugash Optional Elementary School

Altadena: Odyssey Public Charter School

Camarillo: Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education

Campbell: Village School

Carmichael: Mission Avenue Open School

Chico: Hooker Oak Open Structured Classroom Program 

Chico:  Wildflower Open Classroom Public Charter School

Claremont: Sycamore Elementary

Los Altos:  Bullis Charter School

Los Angeles: Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Los Angeles: Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts

Los Angeles: The City School (6th-8th grade)

Los Angeles: Open Magnet Charter School

Mountain View: Stevenson Elementary PACT

Palo Alto: Ohlone Elementary School

Petaluma: Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley

Redding: Chrysalis Charter School

Redwood City: Orion Alternative School

Salinas: Oasis Charter Public School

San Carlos: San Carlos Charter Learning Center

San Diego: Explorer Elementary Charter School

San Francisco: Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

San Francisco: Rooftop Alternative School

*San Geronimo: San Geronimo Open Classroom

San Jose: Discovery Charter School 1

San Jose: Discovery Charter School 2

San Jose: the Indigo Program

Santa Clara: Washington Open Elementary

Santa Cruz: Monarch Community School

Santa Monica: Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse

Saratoga: Christa McAuliffe School

Ventura: Ventura Charter School of Arts and Education


Carbondale: Carbondale Community School Public Charter

Fort Collins: Polaris Expeditionary Learning School (formerly The Lab School)

*Lakewood: Jefferson County Open School

Woody Hills: Aspen Community School Public Charter

Chicago: Namaste Public Charter School

Winnetka: Winnetka Public Schools

Chesterton: Discovery Charter

*Wichita:  Enders Open Magnet School

Louisville: Brown School

Baltimore: Creative City Charter

Baltimore: Roots and Branches Charter School


Cambridge: Graham and Parks Alternative School

Cambridge: King Open School

Devins: Francis W. Parker Charter

Fitchburg: North Central Charter (7-12)

Springfield:The Rebecca M. Johnson Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School

*Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor Open School

Detroit: Grace Lee Boggs School

Ferndale: John F Kennedy School Open Classroom

Grand Haven: The Voyager School, Ferry Elementary  

Ypsilanti: Bishop Elementary (formerly Lincoln Multi-Age)

Northfield: Prairie Creek Community School

Minneapolis: Clara Barton Open School

Minneapolis: Marcy Open School

*St Paul: Open World Learning Community

New Hampshire
Harrisville: Wells Memorial School

Surry: Surry Village Charter

New York
New York City: Beacon High School

New York City:  Bronx Community Charter School

New York City: Brooklyn New School, PS 146

New York City:  Castle Bridge School PS 513

New York City: Center School MS 243

*New York City: Central Park East 1, PS 467

New York City: Central Park East II, PS 964

New York City: Children’s Workshop School

New York City: Community Roots Charter School

New York City : Compass Charter School

New York City: The Charrette School PS 3

New York City: East Village Community

New York City: Ella Baker School

New York City: The Earth School

New York City: Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

New York City: Independence School, PS 234

New York City: Liberty School, PS 89

New York City: Lillian Weber School, PS 84

New York City: Manhattan New School PS 290

New York City: Manhattan School for Children PS 333

*New York City: Muscota New School PS 314

New York City: Museum Magnet School PS 191

New York City: Neighborhood School PS 363

New York City: PS 29

New York City: School Of the Future

New York City: William T. Sherman School, PS 87

New York City: Urban Academy Laboratory High School

New York City: Tompkins Square Middle School

Ithaca: Lehman Alternative Community School

Also consider any of the other Performance Assessment Consortium High Schools

North Carolina
Davidson: Community School of Davidson

Durham: Central Park School for Children

*Winston-Salem: Arts Based Elementary

Cleveland: The Intergenerational Schools

Columbus: Douglas Alternative Elementary School

Columbus: Indianola Informal K/8

Hilliard: Alton Darby Elementary

Stewart: Federal Hocking High School

Upper Arlington: Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School

*Eugene: Corridor Alternative Elementary

Eugene: Camas Ridge Community School

Eugene: Family School

Portland: Opal Charter School

Graciela Garcia Elementary School

*Salt Lake City: Salt Lake City Open Classroom Charter

*Fairfax: Mantua Elementary School


Olympia: Avanti High School

Seattle: Salmon Bay School

Seattle: Thornton Creek School

Green Bay: Aldo Leopold Community School

Milwaukee: La Escuela Fratney

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