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Outside School


Outside School


To offer an alternative education model that respects humans and their interactions with the environment. Learning is child led and teacher supported. 

Materials and Methods

We will explore and adventure, make discoveries and observations, and experiment with newfound knowledge while being immersed in the environment and witnessing life’s cycles.

We will make decisions that are the best for the health and safety of individuals and the group. Much will be decided by democratic processes such as discussion and voting. Curriculum is driven by group members’ interests.

We strive to be light on the land. We will play with materials that are readily at hand: sticks, rocks, leaves, and dirt. Other materials use will be minimal and may include nature journals and pencils, rulers, microscopes, knives for cutting and learning to carve, twine, and story books and field guides. 

We will leave sites better than we found them. We will participate in projects such as litter removal, invasive plant abatement, and species documentation.

Schedule and Tuition

Enrollment is limited to no more than eight children in kindergarten and beyond.


School starts the day after Labor Day and otherwise follows the Berkeley Unified School District calendar. As a micro school, students in first grade and above need to be enrolled in independent study or a charter homeschool within their school district.

-Tuesday through Thursday

-9:00 - 3:00

-$800/month for September - June


Camp runs five consecutive weeks in the summer.

-Monday through Friday

-9:00 - 3:00


Located in the East Bay, California.

Ready to apply or have additional questions? Please fill out the form below and Heather will get back to you ASAP!

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Outside School was an afternoon program that served a diverse, often underrepresented student body. The class had an emphasis on a natural learning progression through discovery, observation of and experimentation with life's cycles utilizing the schools' outdoor spaces. While we played and worked immersed in our environments, we learned about the organisms we found. Guided by an experienced early childhood educator with a scientific background, group and individual dynamics were at the forefront and children were empowered to make decisions while respecting nature, each other, and themselves. With an emphasis on the sciences, additional support was given in the areas of mathematics, literacy, physical development, and the arts. Go play in the dirt! Here are newsletters from past sessions:

Berkeley Arts Magnet School

Berkeley, California

Spring, 2015

Fall/Winter, 2014-2015


Spring, 2013

Fall, 2012

Cragmont School

Berkeley, California


Emerson School

Berkeley, California



By Heather Taylor, teachoutside@gmail.com. You are welcome to share all materials with credit to her.