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98 Sycamore Springs Lane
WV 26346


A democratic boarding and day school established in 1981.
We welcome fellow democratic school students to try democracy 24/7 in our boarding program for one semester or school year. Enjoy close friendships in our small community setting. Practice speaking English in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia!


School Info Chart

The Questions

What is the name of the school? The Highland School
What is the address of the school? 98 Sycamore Springs Lane, Ellenboro, WV 26346 United States
School’s phone number and website? 304-869-3250
School’s EUDEC contact person and e-mail? Karen Whitescarver
What is the legal status of the school? Exemption K West Virginia Law. Non-profit charitable IRS status
When was the school founded? 1981
How many students are there? 10
Which student age groups are there? 4 to graduation
How many (full-time equivalent) staff members? 4
How many school hours per day and week? Day minimum 5 hours. Boarding 24 hours a day
Interested in hosting interns? Yes. See website for application.
Interested in the EUDEC Diploma? N/A
Interested in the EUDEC exchange program? Yes


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Further Elaboration, Clarification or Qualification of the Answer
Does applicable law allow your school to follow the EUDEC definition of democratic education? Yes
Do students have free choice of whether or not to participate in scholastic and other activities? Yes
Can students easily initiate and suggest scholastic and other activities? Yes
Can students offer, lead and run scholastic and other activities? Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the school’s rules? Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the consequences of breaking rules? Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the use of spaces? Yes
Are there any compulsory activities for students? Yes Clean-up. The General School Meeting voted to make clean-up apply to all school members. Participation in the School’s judicial process is also required.
Who decides on the compulsory activities and who must participate? General School Meeting The General School Meeting is made up of all staff and students.
Can students ‘vote’ on accepting and expelling other students? Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on hiring and firing staff, including educational staff? Yes
Can students and staff equally participate in the decision making process? Yes
Does your school need to meet any curriculum imposed from outside of the school? No
How is student performance and progress monitored and graded? It is not. There is no external evaluation of students.
Can students ‘vote’ on managing and deciding the budget? Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the infrastructure of the school? Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the management structure of the school? Yes

School Description

How often do school meetings take place? Weekly
Which decision making bodies are there? General School Meeting
Who decides who is in which decision making body? General School Meeting (consisting of staff and students)
What is the parents’ role in school life? Involved in activities at the request of the General School Meeting
What is the parents’ role in decision making? None
Who is financially and legally responsible for your school? The Board of Directors who are elected by the General School Meeting
Who makes financial and legal decisions? The General School Meeting upon recommendation from the Board of Directors
What is the school building like? We have a multi building campus which includes bedrooms, multi purpose rooms, and large outdoor space.
Is your school (partially or fully) a boarding school? Boarding and day school open from September to May
From how far do most students come from? Both local and international
In what kind of area is the school located? Rolling hills of West virginia
How is the school funded? Tuition and donations
Can students get a degree/diploma? Yes, diploma awarded by General School meeting after 3 year residency, thesis defense, and Graduation Committee recommendation
Is there any curriculum planning? The only academic curriculum planning is created by individuals based on their interests


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