The Free School

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Founded in 1969 by Mary Leue, the Albany Free School is the oldest inner-city independent alternative school in the United States.
The school based on freedom and democratic principles that was equally, if not more accessible to children of the poor.
We are a community far more than a school providing a safe, nurturing, open space where kids ages three through fourteen learn.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 28 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students
28 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
61%
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
The Free School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
8 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Comfortable clothes that can get a little dirty.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is sliding scale based on income ranging from $2,500 - $7,500 annually. Tuition is broken up into 10 monthly payments.
% on Financial Aid
60%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$200
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Deirdre Kelly
Admissions Associate
Christine Berghala
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Free School cost?
The Free School's tuition is approximately $7,500 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Free School?
The acceptance rate of The Free School is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 79%.
When is the application deadline for The Free School?
The application deadline for The Free School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 28 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Albany, NY is $6,918 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Albany, NY is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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