How You Can Help

1. Tell your friends about us on Facebook or Twitter.

2. Visit Alpine Valley Academy’s website and perhaps attend one of their Intro Meetings.

3. Like, Tweet or Share our video on freedom-based education on

4. Invite Jesse Fisher to speak to your group.

  • 15Nov

    If you had a blind spot that caused you to ignorantly put your children’s safety and well-being at risk, you’d want to know about it, wouldn’t you?
    As a concerned parent, you’d like to be 100% sure you’re seeing clearly and doing all you can to prepare your children for their lives as adults in a free society.

    If that’s the case, then I invite you to join me in taking a look into our cultural blind spot and consider for a half hour the moral, economic and political risks involved in educating our children in a compulsion-based school system. Then, I’ll tell you about a freedom-based school that has been operating for over forty years with remarkable results. Read more…

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  • 17Sep

    Hi. My name is Jesse and I’m a recovering public school teacher.

    I’m pretty sure that I’ve had more experience setting up real student governments with student-led court systems than probably anyone else in the world. You’d be amazed at what students can do when we trust them to govern themselves.

    Once it backfired on me, though. Around 1992, I had been elected the leader of a group of parents who were establishing a private school here in Utah County. Because the school ended up launching in American Fork and I lived in Springville, I did not enroll my children. So, none of the students at the school knew me or my role in founding their school along with their student-run judicial system.

    One day, I was asked to substitute for a staff member at the school. To make this long story short, I was put on trial along with 5 young students. Read more…

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  • 19Jul

    The famous poem, “Children Learn What They Live,” states, “If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.”

    I would like to ask the author of that classic poem to add two new lines:

    · If a child lives in a system steeped in authoritarian principles,
    he learns to abandon, and even despise his own freedom.

    · If a child lives in an environment of freedom and the rule of law,
    he learns to be a responsible citizen.

    Our children spend numerous hours each week in a social system that is laden with autocratic leadership and authoritarian structures–the public school. Simply by spending five to seven hours a day in a system which is steeped in non-democratic principles of organization, our children are inadvertently being trained to live in a nondemocratic society. Read more…

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