Free School of Evanston

Free School Of Evanston

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The Free School of Evanston was an alternative school that existed in Evanston, Illinois,USA from 1971 to 1976, for five school years.


The Free School was influenced by Summerhill School.At meetings, parents, students, teachers were all equal, each having one vote.Tuition was based on a sliding scale percentage of parents income.The school did not pursue educational accreditation.


The first year, the school rented space in the in basement of the Evanston Unitarian Church, and for the latter four years in theWheadon Methodist Church, both on Ridge Ave. in Evanston.

Student body

There were more than 100 students, aged 5–16,divided into lower, middle, and upper age groups,Most were from the Chicago suburbs, but there were also several students from Chicago's inner city neighborhoods.

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