What makes WCS unique?

Self-directed education

Humans are natural learners. When children get to follow their passions, they engage deeply, learning more quickly and thoroughly—covering years of content in weeks at the time they choose to learn it.

Age mixing

Members have the freedom to learn alongside people of all ages.

Facilitation vs. Teaching

Facilitators foster a safe and agile environment for learning, rather than coercing students into adherence to standardized testing or grade standards.


At WCS, children feel they are heard, they belong, and they make a difference. The members of our cooperative are given the opportunity to thrive in a vibrant community which builds confidence, heightens communication skills, and calls forth our best selves.

“WCS is exactly the self-directed learning community I have sought for my family for many years. The shared responsibility amongst the parents and educators is remarkable, in and of itself, but the environment it fosters for my children to grow and learn through social play is truly invaluable.” – Sara Moore, WCS Parent