Agile Learning Centers are independent school for students ages 5-18.

 We facilitate deep, meaningful, and lasting education in a self-directed curriculum.


Students use established self-management tools to structure their experiences, and participate in an intentionally-curated school culture.

The result is an education that prepares students for life, not just for the next step of it.

The Founder’s Board of Emerson Agile Learning Center has decided to close the ALC, but we’ll leave this website up for a bit.  If you’d like to know more about Agile Learning in general, take a look around.  Thanks!  

What is an Agile Learning Center?

Agile Learning Centers restore the joy of learning with a surprisingly effective educational approach: intentional culture supporting self-directed learning reinforced by agile management tools.


Self-Directed: 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.


Intentional Culture: At ALCs children feel they are heard, they belong, and they make a difference. As social creatures, we thrive in this kind of vibrant community which builds our confidence, heightens our communication skills, and calls forth our best selves.


Agile Management Tools: We use practical and concrete tools to make these lofty-sounding ideals real and reliable. These tools and practices provide visible feedback, effective self-management, clarity of purpose, and easy integration of new patterns as needs change.

Is School Really Working for Your Child?

If your child is losing their love of learning or their spirit is being crushed by meaningless tests, the drudgery of homework, or abusive authority, how long can you pretend all is well? Schools are broken and falling further behind as the world changes more quickly than they can adapt.

Most of the “learning disabilities” diagnosed today are a direct product of a school system treating children like they are machines to passively absorb programming instead of active, living, creative beings with their own path to tread. A broken system saddles children with labels to mask its own failure and ineffectiveness, which they live with for the rest of their lives.

The problems even spill over from the classroom into home life. Parents are supposed to be enforcers on their behalf, frowning on poor grades and bribing them for good performance. Why should you spend your precious time with them nagging about homework? Or doing it for them?

School shouldn’t be a punishment – childhood isn’t a crime. A school’s job should be to adapt to your child’s learning needs, not to bend your child into the mold of an obedient, unthinking drone.

It’s time to try a place which nourishes children’s hungry minds and heals their energetic spirits.

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