Clearview Sudbury School is a democratic school in Austin, Texas.
Following the Sudbury model, students from kindergarten through high school take charge of their own education in a healthy, supportive environment.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 48 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,500
  • Average class size: 5 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
48 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Clearview Sudbury School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
5 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition assistance available.
Admissions Director
Rose Hardesty

School Notes

  • A Healthy, Supportive Environment
  • This mode of learning looks very different from other school models. Indoors, the kids, young adults, and adults all share the same comfortable space, pursuing their activities individually and in groups. Play, conversation, and managing the school as a business all take part simultaneously in the shared space, on couches and at common tables, in an environment of people who trust and respect each other.  Through the back doors is our small back yard, beyond which is our expansive 19 acre extended campus, Patterson Park.
  • Participatory Democracy Among Equals
  • By participating in a working democracy, students develop the ability to make clear, logical arguments and learn how to deal with complex, ethical issues.The adults, and to a lesser extent the older students, are typically the most involved in the managerial process of running the school, whether it be discussing and voting on motions in meetings, or carrying out the duties of a clerkship. When the right topic arises though, even the youngest students show up to have their opinion considered and vote for their own interest. These duties and meetings are voluntary, but there is one democratic meeting that everyone is routinely required to attend. Every School Meeting member is at some point summoned into a meeting of the Judicial Committee, sometimes to serve on the committee and sometimes to answer to it. The Judicial Committee (and ultimately the School Meeting) is THE authority at the school. These bodies determine the duties and responsibilities of School Meeting members as well as the bounds of what is acceptable and unacceptable within the school community.
  • Complete Intellectual Freedom
  • At the heart of our method are the beliefs that all interests and work have equal value and that children, like all people, learn best when focusing on what interests them. Except for fufilling their duties to the Judicial Committee, and within high standards of personal responsibility, students are free to be however, wherever, whenever and doing whatever they please. The purpose of staff is not to know what, when, or how the students need to learn, but to be available for play and conversation, and to offer up their skills and knowledge for whatever comes up.
  • Freedom of Association
  • Age mixing is a natural result of the non-hierarchical structure of the school. An eight, thirteen and sixteen year old associate together over the game they all enjoy. The five year old drags the eighteen year old giggling through an epic, nonsensical adventure. The sixteen year old informs the twenty-nine year old of a significant fact of history that was apparently not taught in school, and online research confirms it to be true. A forty something, thirty something and fifteen year old look at the data from the school`s most recent online advertising campaign, and consider what steps to take next.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 48 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,500
  • Average class size: 5 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Austin, TX is $11,646 for elementary schools and $14,172 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Austin, TX is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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