The Free School

The Free School “Once you have learned how to ask questions – relevant and appropriate and substantial questions – you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know.”-Neil Postman
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The Free School in Albany, New York is the longest running inner-city independent alternative school in the United States. We offer a unique alternative to traditional models of education by giving children complete freedom over their learning. Students at the school, many whom have slipped through the cracks of today’s increasingly regimented school system, flourish in a nurturing environment that allows them the freedom to chart their own course of learning while fostering their emotional growth.

Operating as usual

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that there's still time to get tickets to the virtual screening of "Viral" which is a film ...
04/16/2021
Premiere Virtual Screening of "Viral" - Directed by Gregory M.

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that there's still time to get tickets to the virtual screening of "Viral" which is a film made by two of the jr. high students. The screening will be held on Monday, 4/19 at 2 pm EST over Zoom and you can sign up using the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/premiere-virtual-screening-of-viral-directed-by-gregory-m-tickets-146678221509

p.s. We will send the Zoom link over the weekend to those who have already purchased donation-based tickets. Thank you!!

"Viral" is a film written and directed by two jr. high students at the Free School. Join us for their virtual premiere!

Children's book author Crystal De Bouse visited us in the garden, and read her book, Kaya's Magical Unicorn Slime Experi...
04/15/2021

Children's book author Crystal De Bouse visited us in the garden, and read her book, Kaya's Magical Unicorn Slime Experiment. Afterward, she signed some copies of the book for our library. Thank you Ms. De Bouse!

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04/01/2021

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On Monday we had a Goodbye Circle for Dan Yacobellis, who has spent 20 years in Grafton. Everyone shared wilderness memo...
03/30/2021

On Monday we had a Goodbye Circle for Dan Yacobellis, who has spent 20 years in Grafton. Everyone shared wilderness memories of good times with Dan, and he brought gifts of maple syrup for us all. We'll miss you, Dan! See you down the road!

03/25/2021

“Wood Park” swings!

03/24/2021
Hi everyone! We will be having a virtual screening of "Viral," a film written and directed by two jr. high students at t...
03/22/2021
Premiere Virtual Screening of "Viral" - Directed by Gregory M.

Hi everyone! We will be having a virtual screening of "Viral," a film written and directed by two jr. high students at the Free School. Join us for their virtual premiere April 19!

#freeschool #youngtalent #shortfilms #supportlocal #movienight

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/premiere-virtual-screening-of-viral-directed-by-gregory-m-tickets-146678221509

"Viral" is a film written and directed by two jr. high students at the Free School. Join us for their virtual premiere!

See you at Academy Park!
03/22/2021

See you at Academy Park!

See you at Academy Park!

Today we watched Le ballon rouge, The Red Balloon, a classic film from 1956 directed by Albert Lamorisse. We discussed t...
03/18/2021

Today we watched Le ballon rouge, The Red Balloon, a classic film from 1956 directed by Albert Lamorisse. We discussed the movie, and then just had to play with balloons of our own!

Wood sorrel looks a lot like a shamrock, so we nibbled some today at Radix...Happy St. Patrick's Day!☘️🍀
03/17/2021

Wood sorrel looks a lot like a shamrock, so we nibbled some today at Radix...Happy St. Patrick's Day!☘️🍀

We made these little friends using transparency sheets and markers!
02/25/2021

We made these little friends using transparency sheets and markers!

Little snowlearner.
02/09/2021

Little snowlearner.

01/27/2021
Let's get these learners a legit filmmaking setup!

Let's get these learners a legit filmmaking setup!

We are launching a small fundrasing campaign with the goal of purchasing a starter kit for burgeoning filmakers at The Free School.

Check out the intro to a movie Free School learners are making! They are currently using an iphone and free editing apps/software. The problem solving and creative skills they are showing through this process are impressive!While they are both being very productive with the tools at hand we want to support them by providing access to much better tools!

Meet the filmmakers:

Hello, I am Gregory and I attend The Free School. I am currently in 8th grade. As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved filmmaking. I find working behind the scenes very interesting. When I was 10, I remember looking up how things happen behind the scenes in movies. A couple of filmmakers, who inspire me are Wes Craven, who produced lots horror movies like Nightmare On Elm St, Scream, and The Hills Have Eyes, and George A. Romero who made Night Of �The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead and many more films.
I’ve been interested in cinematography and writing for a long time. I’ve always had a very creative vision and really great ideas. My goal this year while attending The Free School is to take advantage the freedom here and create one or two short films to start work on my dream career. Right now we’re currently using our phones and it is fun. If we had a camera it would allow greater creativity, flexibility, troubleshooting, more storage, and better video and sound quality.

Hi, I'm Roscoe. Making films is fun and it is something I can work on outside of school. We even worked on the script over winter break by sharing a google doc. In general its super fun. My favorite types of movies are slasher horror, and action. I really, really like Jordon Peele who made Get Out and Us. Us was creepy as hell and I really liked the multiple story line. I like most horror movies and am not really scared by them. My brother, Madison, did filmmaking at The Free School when he was a kid and then made one with his best friend as a grownup. Him doing it made me think I can too.

We did some experiments this week with yeast, sugar, and water, learning about fermentation. Watched a balloon we'd stuc...
01/26/2021

We did some experiments this week with yeast, sugar, and water, learning about fermentation. Watched a balloon we'd stuck on top of an Erlenmyer flask fill up with "fungus burps" (CO2.) Finally we baked the tastiest bread, and even churned our own butter!

01/18/2021
Wednesday afternoons at The Radix Center! This week we identified chicken and duck breeds, ate lunch by the fire, and pl...
01/14/2021

Wednesday afternoons at The Radix Center! This week we identified chicken and duck breeds, ate lunch by the fire, and played tag!

Some things you just can't do on Zoom, like petting poultry, and shredding mini ramps at the skate park! That's where wi...
01/07/2021

Some things you just can't do on Zoom, like petting poultry, and shredding mini ramps at the skate park! That's where winter afternoon meet-ups come in!

Albany NY Library
01/06/2021

Albany NY Library

Do you want to learn graphic design and make your design into something tangible? While doing your part to fight COVID-19? Join Library Assistant Christolin Michel and local creative business Yamaguchie as we work together in a personalized one-hour digital art class throughout the week of January 25th. Participants will learn the fundamentals of graphic design, and get assistance in turning a chosen image into a printable design. This will then be custom printed on a protective face mask by Yamaguchie, so you will be able to wear your artwork with pride.

All levels of experience and ages are welcome, and families are also encouraged to join and work together with Christolin on their creations.

NOTE: After registering, you will receive an email asking for the best day/time for your one hour time slot.

Then, on January 29th we will be holding an end of program celebration where you will be able to share you designs and experiences with the other participants.

https://albanypubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/7383501

Rashid is a graduate that has continued to support us in so many ways.  He recently lost his dad.  Please support!  This...
01/06/2021
Remembering David Howell - Memorial Fund, organized by Rashid Howell

Rashid is a graduate that has continued to support us in so many ways. He recently lost his dad. Please support! This is a humble campaign that is trying to cover medical bills and funeral costs. It would be great to surpass this ask and give more to support this family as they grieve and take care of each other. Share and donate please.

We are deeply saddened to share the news that on January 2, 2021, David Howell … Rashid Howell needs your support for Remembering David Howell - Memorial Fund

As we say hello to 2021 and goodbye to 2020 we reflect on our year.  We could not have imagined the challenges this year...
01/01/2021

As we say hello to 2021 and goodbye to 2020 we reflect on our year. We could not have imagined the challenges this year brought. Justice, safety, equity, grief, uncertainty, resilience, trust, care, empathy, anger, love, rage, friendship, learning, growing, adapting, forgiveness, patience and transformative are just some words to describe this year. It has been really hard and pushed all of us to our limits in one way or another. We are so very grateful to be able to spend another year learning, growing, laughing, crying, problem solving, running, creating and caring for each other at The Free School. Thank you to everyone who supports us.
www.albanyfreeschool.org
#blacklivesmatter #equityineducation #schoolchoice #loveandlearning #outdooreducation #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #abundancenotscarsity #dream #laugh #handsoneducation

The Free School
12/24/2020

The Free School

Making gingerbread cookies, filling the Free School with holiday fragrance!

Thanks to everyone who made it to our Winter Wonderland gift exchange! Have a safe and joyous break! See you next year! ...
12/23/2020

Thanks to everyone who made it to our Winter Wonderland gift exchange! Have a safe and joyous break! See you next year! ❄️

Winter winds will not stop our learners from their weekly visits to Radix! Especially not with a cosy fire crackling🐔🔥❄️
12/20/2020

Winter winds will not stop our learners from their weekly visits to Radix! Especially not with a cosy fire crackling🐔🔥❄️

Making gingerbread cookies, filling the Free School with holiday fragrance!
12/17/2020

Making gingerbread cookies, filling the Free School with holiday fragrance!

The Free School
12/02/2020

The Free School

Support our scholarship fund for equal and equitable access to school choice. Now more than ever we want to support families ability to have school choice for their learners. We provide a flexible, dynamic, caring, project based, hands on and justice focused learning environment for our school community.
Please use this link to donate!!!!!
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#GivingTuesday

Support our scholarship fund for equal and equitable access to school choice.  Now more than ever we want to support fam...
12/01/2020

Support our scholarship fund for equal and equitable access to school choice. Now more than ever we want to support families ability to have school choice for their learners. We provide a flexible, dynamic, caring, project based, hands on and justice focused learning environment for our school community.
Please use this link to donate!!!!!
http://www.albanyfreeschool.org/slug
or....
Try scanning the PayPal code below

#GivingTuesday

"This is Where Our People Are": Reflections on Plymouth 400
11/26/2020
"This is Where Our People Are": Reflections on Plymouth 400

"This is Where Our People Are": Reflections on Plymouth 400

This month, in addition to being National Native American Heritage Month, marks 400 years since the Mayflower landed in Plymouth. Here in Massachusetts—a state named after the indigenous people of the “Great Blue Hill”—many of us are settlers on stolen land. I spoke with Cheryl Andrews-Malta...

Community support and mutual aide!
11/23/2020

Community support and mutual aide!

A few weeks ago we had a fun art class where we talked about abstract expressionism and made our own drip paintings insp...
11/16/2020

A few weeks ago we had a fun art class where we talked about abstract expressionism and made our own drip paintings inspired by Jackson Pollock. We even used blacklight responsive paint!

Photos from The Free School's post
11/13/2020

Photos from The Free School's post

A gorgeous day for outdoor education, at Corning Preserve.
11/09/2020

A gorgeous day for outdoor education, at Corning Preserve.

Check this out!  An amazing community organization supporting youth learning skills and exploring their creativity and v...
11/04/2020
OPEN LAB SESSIONS — Youth FX

Check this out! An amazing community organization supporting youth learning skills and exploring their creativity and voice!

Youth FX Open Lab Fall Teaching Artist Series is a 4-week program that offers young people between the ages of 14-19 a safe space to learn, create, connect and collaborate with each other, our staff of filmmakers, and local artists and organizations.

Happy and safe Halloween to all!
10/31/2020

Happy and safe Halloween to all!

Address

8 Elm St
Albany, NY
12202

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00
Thursday 08:00 - 15:00

Telephone

+15184343072

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Mini jewelry sale tomorrow and Wednesday after school!! Perfect for last minute holiday gifts!!! Money supports 4th & 5th graders annual end of the year class trip.
Deb Cavanaugh is battling a tick-borne disease, dizzy (and falling), with a fever. Deb has taught so many of our families how to be musical with our children, and generously enriched our communities for so many years. Here's our chance to give back. She lives fairly far outside of Albany, so we are collecting frozen meals for her at our home in Delmar and will deliver them to her once or twice a week. We can pick up your meals for her too. Send me a PM to schedule (or to get my phone number if that's easier). She needs a low-carb, no-sugar, low-fiber diet, and doesn't do red meat, so look at the links in comments for ideas. That means no whole grains or nuts or seeds; vegetables need to be well-cooked; and go heavy on the protein and dairy but skip the starches.