School of the Alternative is an experiment in education and community. SotA offers a socially integrated experience with intimate classes, communal living, and emphasis on shared labor. Instead of a traditional classroom environment, our campus supports a collectively built, self-directed approach to learning, which gives opportunity for all participants to learn and teach.
Students can apply to come for 1, 2, or 3 weeks, and faculty can apply to come for 1 or 2 weeks. We will learn, work, and live together on the same campus originally used by Black Mountain College, doing work service in the mornings (cooking meals, setting up classrooms, cleaning, working in the garden, maintaining our archive), and taking or teaching classes all afternoon.
OUR 3 WEEK SESSION WILL BE HELD: MAY 9TH-29TH
FACULTY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1ST
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 23RD
STUDENT DEADLINE: MARCH 1ST *
*We will accept student applications after the deadline, and they will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are full. We do recommend submitting your applications on or before the initial deadline.
We aim to be accessible to anyone who wants access. We want to share our programming with all–regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, income level, educational experience, or background. We value reciprocal education, wherein dialogue between peers, students, teachers, and community members creates space for all to learn. We are thrilled that you are interested in joining us this year!