Starting a Sudbury School

A Summary of the Experiences of Fifteen Start-up Groups

by Daniel Greenberg and Mimsy Sadofsky
202 pages
2nd ed., 2008

This is a basic introduction to the complex process of starting a school. It analyzes various steps that founding groups have taken to get their schools off the ground and allow them to thrive in the early years. Included are dozens of stories describing triumphs and pitfalls encountered along the way.

“We started talking to everybody we knew, and spread the word that way. That’s how we got started. It’s a very interesting concept, and some people do kind of want to talk about it. So it got spread. It took a while, but then the phone started ringing, and people whom neither my wife nor I had talked to started calling about the school. It was a big milestone when that happened.”