2. We trust our democratic process.
The school is governed democratically by the students, parents and staff. One person. One vote.
The School Meeting
Most decisions about the day-to-day rules, operations and financial decisions of the school happen at the weekly School Meeting, which is composed of students and staff. At SSA, there is no principal, no tenure for staff and no hierarchy.
Students also form sub-committees to work on different aspects of the school. One example is the Judicial Committee (JC) which investigates written complaints about possible rule violations, evaluates each complaint and administers consequences as necessary, while constantly respecting the rule of due process. As Sudbury Valley School founder, Daniel Greenberg, says, "Peer justice is amazingly effective."
The School Assembly
The Assembly includes parents, students, staff and other stakeholders who, again, each get one vote on matters. The School Assembly addresses the more strategic policy decisions of the school like approving the annual budget and setting tuition rates.