The Highland School

The Highland School is a democratic school for day and boarding students in Ellenboro, West Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1981 by Charlotte and Steve Landvoigt. The school was inspired by the Summerhill School in Suffolk, England and is similar to the Sudbury model of democratic schooling. Its boarding program is a unique feature in the United States, allowing students worldwide to be a part of a democratic learning environment 24 hours a day.

The Highland School
98 Sycamore Springs Lane


United States
Coordinates39°18′18.7″N 81°3′9.3″W / 39.305194°N 81.052583°W / 39.305194; -81.052583Coordinates: 39°18′18.7″N 81°3′9.3″W / 39.305194°N 81.052583°W / 39.305194; -81.052583
TypePrivate, boarding
Established1981; 39 years ago (1981)
FoundersCharlotte and Steve Landvoigt
CEEB code490557
NCES School IDA0702439[1]
Enrollment11 (2015[1])
Campus typeRural
Annual tuition$2,475/day student
$20,825/boarding student

Learning occurs through daily social interactions and freely chosen experiences. Children develop personal responsibility through the process of making their own decisions. Students' individual rights are fundamental at The Highland School. These rights are described and protected by their School Constitution.[2] Highland's “Bill of Rights” can be found at the conclusion of their Constitution. Each child no matter how small has the same rights as other children and adults.

The Highland School has hosted students from all over the world including Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Philippines. International students interact with day students from central West Virginia and boarding students from other regions of the United States.

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  1. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for The Highland School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Nov 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Affordable Boarding School". thehighlandschool.

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