Title: Open Community School Records
ID: OGLMC 1361
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
The Open Community School opened its doors for the first time in 1970, in response to a need for an alternative means to educate students. It allowed students to explore their own interests, more than the traditional educational environment allowed. The Open Community School was a private school, serving the needs of 30 students per year. It started with one certified teacher, with parents, other students, and volunteer teachers serving as additional facilitators of learning. The school had no grade levels, as students were expected to learn at their own level and pace. No report cards were given, just periodic evaluations of learning. Parents played a vital role in the school. They provided monetary support and also helped to clean the school, and assisted in other daily activities. Financial problems plagued the Open Community School throughout its existence and it was forced to close in 1979.
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: Elizabeth Hampsten, UND English Department.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Open Community School Records. OGLMC 1361, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in June 2014.
Collection Material Type: Organizational Records