Learn with us at The Barn School

We offer recreational programs, classes, workshops and events that embrace Self-Directed Education and Nonviolent Communication.

What We Offer

The Barn School offers recreational programs, classes, workshops, and events that embrace self-directed education and nonviolent communication.  Our growing community of families includes unschoolers, homeschoolers, and public/private schoolers who use us outside of traditional school hours.  We hope that our offerings and programming reflect our beliefs that learning happens all the time, at every age, and that all learning is valuable.  

SDE Support and Playborhood

Sometimes learners just want to hang out and play.  Or do a project with other people around.  Or sit and chat.  We have space dedicated to these activities.  Facilitators are available to assist with Self-directed Education activites, navigate disputes, or just join in the fun. Playborhood is similar to a recreational program in that caregivers need to be onsite or available for immediate pick-up.  Caregivers can participate in adult learning and have their child in playborhood if it is offered.  Playborhood is an hourly fee-based program.  Parents may wish to book “Parentpreneur Workspace” during our SDE Support and Playborhood sessions or take a class themselves.  Check out our calendar for specifics. 

Interest-Driven Classes and Workshops

We encourage learners to request classes!  Perhaps we have facilitators on staff who have the skill-set to teach or perhaps we will be accessing members of our larger community to us.  Or perhaps a learner has a skill set they wish to offer in the form of a class? Either way, we are happy to create 6-10 week learning classes or workshops.  Classes will be fee-based and we can offer certificates of completion for any learners who are building a portfolio.


Guest speakers, guest lecturers, documentary movie nights, think tanks…what else would you love to see in our space?  We welcome families to check out our events and participate as they feel inspired.  The more often we use our space in ways that meet our needs for community and learning, the more comfortable we will feel.  Fees vary.

Learning Library

Do you wish to switch up your games, toys, and educational resources at home?  If your learner appreciates novelty, The Barn School Learning Library might be for you!  Volunteers organize and run this learning library so that families can share resources.  The library is open whenever The Barn School is open and families sign out their items themselves. Sign up for it in our “Shop” section.  At only $10/year and a donation to the library, we think it is well worth it!


Many of our facilitators have unique skill sets that can make life a little easier for families who are navigating the complexities in front of them.  If you wish to work with a facilitator one on one, please reach out and ask about availability.  Our facilitators have their skill-sets listed in their profiles under the “Facilitators” tab.