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.


Sure we've got the usual slides and swingsets on our playground, but the giant running rope swing is everyone's favorite.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: In Marietta's day and for a long time after, Organic School students learned folk dance. Marietta described it as "objective and purposeful," "highly social and very beautiful" and considered it a perfect avenue for unselfconscious self expression.
(Photo courtesy of the Marietta Johnson Museum Collection)

Partner yoga teaches teamwork and cooperation. Thanks, Ms. Shelli!

Our weekly yoga classes give the children an opportunity to learn self discipline and control while celebrating all of the wonderful things their bodies are able to do.

Did you see that article about the benefits of yoga in school? Our students definitely see benefit from the yoga classes Shelli Ledbetter Saleeb leads every week. Oh, and they have a lot of fun too!

Timeline Photos

MONDAY MEMORIES: We are so fortunate to have in our community special people who carry many decades of Organic School memories. Ms. Elsie Butgereit graduated from the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education in 1945 and later spent many years as the school's dance teacher. Here she is at our recent Fall Festival, visiting with our current dance teacher Rita Brown.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Marietta Johnson never considered play a waste of time. She said, "The play spirit is always experimental. It is trying things out, then continuing for the pleasure of the activity. Watch children at their play. They are very serious. They do not engage in fooling or aimless activity."

When he's not rocking story-hour, Coach Wayne teaches our students respect for tools and materials while helping them create really cool projects. Our Early Life class loves getting to spend time with Coach Wayne.

The school is all dressed for the night with spooky student art in the front hall. Happy Halloween from the Fairhope Organic School!