Peace River is a non-profit, self-directed, learning community. We offer a part time Learning Program for unschooling, homeschooling, and independent learners, fostering autonomy and independence through free exploration and choice-based learning. We are an inclusive and diverse community serving families with learners ages 3-12. At Peace River, everyone feels like they have an important voice and role in the community and every member gets the opportunity to act as both the learner and the teacher.
We provide a space where freedom and ones own interest allows curiosity to spark choice based, collaborative learning with peers, facilitators, and the community. We value respect, trust, personal choice and equity in our community; We practice conscious communication, social responsibility, and seek to shift the way we think about education as we preserve childhood while encouraging a growing community of problem solvers who are prepared for the real world in whatever path they choose.
Some things are central to what Agile Learning Communities are about, while other elements are flexible and may vary between communities. We use a metaphor of a tree to illustrate this aspect of the ALC educational model more clearly.
The soil we grow from is trust: in students, in each other, in you. The four assumptions—roots—which ground us are as follows:
Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.
Self-Direction: People learn best by making their own decisions. Children are people.
Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the content they are taught. The medium is the message.
Success: Accomplishment is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection and sharing.