How Children Learn Organically

Each child enters the world programmed to learn in his own unique way according to his own unique timeline and style.

At the Organic School, children are grouped according to their age, individual learning style and readiness to learn.

We are a private school, founded in 1907 and still going strong! Learn more.


Looks like we caught Mrs. Liz hard at work in the office. Mrs. Liz is not only the school's pottery teacher, she's also the president of the board that keeps the school up and running.
Thanks for all of your hard work, Mrs. Liz!

More artistic exploration by our First Life students. These pattern people drawings are so full of energy, they make the winter days warm and bright.

Just because we are the school of organic education doesn't mean our students aren't curious about commerce. We encourage our students to learn about all aspects of the world around them--even cash registers and credit cards.

Marietta was a mother as well as an educator. It seems like the struggles of parenthood haven't changed that much.

“Of all the children she worked with when she began her educational experiment, ‘my own child was the hardest one to manage—because I was his mother.’ . . . Whereas other children readily accepted her guidance, even when it ‘[ran] directly counter to their wishes,’ her son would ‘scream it down.’”

from Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era, Edited by A. Sadovnik & S. Semel

There is nothing like an old fashioned slate and a piece of chalk for practicing our letters. Good job, Lucas!

The letter of the week is 'A' in Ms. Hannah's classroom . . . and outside on the covered walkway. We think A is for apple, for ant, and for awesome.

It's a new year, and our Early Life students are busy investigating the world around them.

Before the holidays, our First Life students learned to make pine straw baskets - just as students at the Marietta Johnson School did 100 years ago.

"Since the aim of education is to minister to the growing child, we must try to understand the nature of the child and dismiss all thought of him as a little adult." -Marietta Johnson
(photo of student Ken Edwards holding an egret courtesy of the Marietta Johnson Museum collection at the Fairhope Public Library)