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.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students28 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade The Free School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Comfortable clothes that can get a little dirty.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,500
Tuition NotesTuition is sliding scale based on income ranging from $2,500 - $7,500 annually. Tuition is broken up into 10 monthly payments.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$200
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDeirdre Kelly
Admissions AssociateChristine Berghala
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Slingerlands
    Grades: 1-3 | 15 students
    6.4 miles
    12 Fisher Boulevard
    Slingerlands, NY 12159
    (518) 478-0224
    6.4 1-3
  • Albany
    Mater Christi School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8 | 241 students
    3 miles
    35 Hurst Avenue
    Albany, NY 12208
    (518) 489-3111
    3 NS-8
  • Albany
    Our Savior's School
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    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 139 students
    4.8 miles
    63 Mountain View Ave
    Albany, NY 12205
    (518) 459-2273
    4.8 PK-8
  • Albany
    Grades: K-6 | 39 students
    2.1 miles
    30 N Main Ave
    Albany, NY 12203
    (518) 453-6720
    2.1 K-6
  • Albany
    St. Matthew Lutheran School
    Daycare / Preschool (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: PK-K | 88 students
    1.6 miles
    75 Whitehall Rd
    Albany, NY 12209
    (518) 463-6495
    1.6 PK-K

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