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Fairhaven School (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)

Summary
Fairhaven School was founded in 1998 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. It is one of over 30 schools based on the Sudbury Model. The model has two basic tenets: educational freedom and democratic governance. It is a private school, attended by children from the ages of 5 to 19. The school was founded by Mark and Kim McCaig after learning about Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Massachusetts. Philosophy As a practitioner of the Sudbury Model, the Fairhaven School uses a form of democratic education in which students individually decide what to do with their time, and learn as a by-product of ordinary experience rather than through classes or a standard curriculum. Students are given complete responsibility for their own education and the school is run by a direct democracy in which students and staff are equals. Fairhaven School enforces a flexible attendance policy, in which students must attend for 5 hours per day, but can intersperse the premises as long as they meet that mi
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