IamA student at a school with no grades, classes, tests, or curriculum. All kids, from ages 4-19 have a vote in every decision at the school, including hiring and firing staff. AMA!
I've been a student at The Clearwater School in Washington for over 11 years. There are no grades (neither letter grades nor age-separating grades), curriculum, or tests. There are very few classes, and all of the classes have to be requested by students. There is a weekly meeting where everybody, students and staff, has an equal vote, and where all decisions are made.
Our school has been around for 18 years, but the school we're based on, Sudbury Valley School has been around for 46, and they've published two studies on their alumni.
For proof, I can offer my student ID. If anybody has any ideas about other proof I could easily offer from my home, please ask.
Ask me anything!
Note: I am doing this AMA as an individual who goes to a Sudbury school; I was not asked by the school to post this. I don't represent the school or speak for other staff members or students of TCS.
EDIT: I've got to get to a performance now. I'll be back in about 5 hours for a little more question-answering before finishing up for good. Thanks for all the intelligent questions, and feel free to keep 'em coming!
EDIT 2: I'm back! Got a couple more hours to answer questions before I go to sleep.
EDIT 3: Alright guys, I need to go to sleep. It's been fun. I'm not sure what the etiquette is on ceasing to answer questions, and this was really all the time I had planned to answer questions for, but if there are more questions in the morning I'll certainly answer them before I head off to another performance. I can continue answering questions as long as they keep coming, or if people want to take the discussion to private messages I'll gladly answer them there as well. I didn't really expect this kind of response. I hope I've changed some people's views on education, at least a little bit. My views have certainly changed some. Thanks everybody!
EDIT 4: I just wanted to thank everybody for their kind words, I didn't get the chance to respond to people who didn't ask questions and just offered their interest or perspective. Thanks!