COME GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY - We're going to transform a bare front lawn into a food forest this summer during our Permaculture Summer Camp! Come for one, some, or all eight weeks! Click here to Register



Our Vision

Picture this: a world where young people's rights are respected, giving them the freedom to shape their education and lives. Imagine them growing up with their curiosity, inner genius, and self-esteem still intact. See what happens when young people are allowed to develop their fullest potential. Witness more communities embracing the power of self-directed learning, and creating generations of bold thinkers and compassionate changemakers.


Our Mission

The Spokane Learning Co-op believes that when children have authority over their own learning, they learn how to learn. We are dedicated to empowering young people to flourish through personal relationships, genuine engagement, and self-directed education. We seek to cultivate truly happy, confident, capable children by respecting the genius of each child in our caring, cooperative self-directed learning community.

Many youth enter adulthood needing to go "find themselves."

What if they were never lost in the first place?


Meet & Play

Come meet up and get to know other Co-op families. All ages welcome. Here are our upcoming dates, times, and parks:


Sunday April 28th, 10am-12pm at the Manito Upper Playground


Saturday May 4th, 2pm-4pm at Holmberg Park


Friday May 17th, 2pm-4pm at Comstock Park


Sunday May 26th, 10am-12pm at Ice Age Park

Alternative Education Fair

Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 am to 3 pm


Come learn about local alternative schools, homeschool co-ops, after school programs, and extracurricular activities.


Kids welcome, of course!

Permaculture / Regenerative Agriculture Summer Camp

Camps for kids age 3 to 17 plus workshops for adults! We're outside working and learning every week from July 8 through August 30 -- come for one week, some weeks, or all eight!


It is our goal to become a Washington State Approved School, which will allow us to offer a full-time program.


In the meantime, we are pleased to offer a variety of flexible part-time options to homeschoolers and those who are ready to pull their kids from public school.


We also offer an after school program for both homeschoolers and kids still in the school system.




Imagine a school that children want to attend.


A place where their voices are valued and their time is respected.


A place where there are no required classes, no grades, no homework, no tests, no detention, no coercion, no manipulation, no micromanagement, and no shaming.


A place where children are free to explore and develop their talents and interests... all day long.


A place where children learn how to communicate effectively, have healthy relationships, and live in tune with their inner genius.


A place where children learn through action instead of sitting through classes and memorizing facts.







The Spokane Learning Co-op offers personalized, flexible learning opportunities for kids and teens in a supportive community.


We believe our work will have an incalculable impact on the mental health of rising generations, which affects all of us in our shared future. We see this as our greatest contribution to creating peace on Earth.


At the Spokane Learning Co-op we:

  • see young people as full human beings
  • believe that education should be consensual
  • offer classes, workshops, and field trips on a consensual, voluntary basis
  • nurture an environment of freedom of expression within the member-decided rules of the Co-op insofar as it does not interfere with anyone else's freedom
  • do not mandate age segregation or mandatory groupings of young people
  • do not subject members to evaluations, judgment, or grading, except in the case where families opt-in to standardized tests


We welcome young people who want to choose how, when, and what they learn. We will also offer adult classes and workshops.


The Co-op is inspired by a number of alternative education models, including unschooling, Sudbury Schools, Circle Schools, Scouting, and the Purple Thistle Centre in Vancouver, BC.


We strive to maintain a strong parent community that provides ongoing support between parents, and an environment to ask questions and voice concerns as the students take this adventure.

We prioritize mental health, and we focus on consent, community, creativity, freedom, real play, and real learning.

We offer innovative workshops, imaginative sessions, artistic courses, mind-expanding seminars, original lessons, inspired tutorials, crafty classes, diverse peers, dedicated mentors, authentic relationships, self-directed learning, and a dynamic community.


By focusing on engagement, achievement naturally comes along for the ride.


We promote a culture of autonomy and community while supporting our members with active mentorship in reaching their goals.


Diversity is important to us. We are proud to support and be represented by our Neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC communities. We have students from different religious and non-religious backgrounds at our school and love the diversity of opinions that brings. Students are free to follow their own religious beliefs while attending the Spokane Learning Co-op.



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Volunteers are a big part of the Co-op's community. Come share your time, skills and experiences with a young person.


Donate time, talent, experience, or funds