The Farm School

  • Vision - A world of liberated, actualized individuals that see our selves as semi-autonomous wholes and as interdependent parts capable of working with instead of against each other and our planet.
  • Mission - Supporting individuals learning how to create our own paths through life and how to put our differences together as we interact, form relationships and build community with each other and the rest of the world.

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
Religious AffiliationOther
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedWe specialize in bright quirky kids
Year Founded1976

Student Body

Total Students25 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Farm School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size6 students
Average ACT score28
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$3,144
Admissions DirectorLindsay Lovegood
Admissions AssociateAda Hatcher

School Notes

  • Organizational Structure: The Farm School is a consensus-democratic school. We attempt to achieve consensus on all shared decisions and use voting to make decisions when this seems like the most peaceful path to a decision. We make decisions about the daily functioning of the school during school meetings where students and teachers each have equal voice. Our Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) makes decisions about the daily functioning of the school that require the input of parents. We make decisions specific to individual students during triadic meetings that include a student, her/his advisor and a family member. Our school board is accountable for the functioning of the school as a business entity (non-profit corporation). We entrust our Principal to make recommendations about how to achieve our mission and to make time sensitive decisions on our behalf. What We Teach At The Farm School students learn as they apply basic skills and content to real-world problems. We use the following lenses into the subject areas to focus our responsive curriculum and to connect what our students learn to their and our community's needs, interests, experiences and values.
  • Science, Math and Technology for Peace, Equality and Sustainability: Applying science, math and technology towards personal, community and planetary peace and sustainability.
  • Social Science for Peace, Equality and Sustainability: Applying social science towards peaceful, equitable, and sustainable solutions to personal, community and international conflicts.
  • Communication Arts for Peace, Equality and Sustainability: Communicating in the service of equality, peace and sustainability for all beings using multiple languages, music, art forms and media (including magazines, newspaper, radio, the Internet, bumper stickers, T-shirts, posters and banners). Being in Our Bodies: Being in and moving our bodies peacefully and sustainably.

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The average private school tuition in Tennessee is $8,759 for elementary schools and $9,937 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Tennessee is 88% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).