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Windsor House School was started in 1971 at Helen Hughes’ family home on Windsor Road in North Vancouver. A group of parents who were interested in providing a multi-age, parent participation learning environment for their children, got together with Helen and started an alternative school. The initial population of the school was fifteen students. After four years operating as a private school, it was taken in and administered by North Vancouver School District 44. In the beginning, the school served mainly elementary aged students, but eventually accommodated children from kindergarten up to Grade 12. At present (2016-2017 school year) the school an enrollment of 170 K-12 children. In 2010 The North Vancouver School District gave notice that it would be consolidating its alternative programs for the 2012-2013 school year. Since the plan would not have accommodated the elementary aged children attending Windsor House, the school community made the decision to leave School District 44. An appeal was made to the Gulf Islands School District to be the administrative district for Windsor House and an agreement to that effect was made for the 2011-2012 school year. As a learner centred, non-coercive, democratic school, Windsor House is philosophically, and to some extent, materially, supported by TES.
Windsor House Gets Go Ahead
"NON-COERCIVE," self-directed but publicly funded education got a boost from the North Vancouver school district this week. Windsor House School, the district's "alternative" program got the go-ahead for its 35th year of operation at an April 26 , 2010 board meeting. by Jim Irving
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Check out the documentary "Windsor House: What Really Matters"
Blogs about Windsor House
anecdotes and stories found on the web about Windsor house
Alumni responses to Helen's question
"What was good about Windsor House when you were there? What didn't work for you?"
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