Albany Free School

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The Free School, located in Albany, New York, is a day school for 60 students aged two to fourteen founded in 1969 by Mary Leue, with approximately half of the kids coming from the city and half coming from outer-lying areas.[1] It is the oldest urban free school in the United States.[2]

The school describes itself as a school that offers "... a unique alternative to traditional models of education by giving children complete freedom over their learning. Students at the school, many of whom have slipped through the cracks of today's increasingly regimented school system, flourish in a nurturing environment that allows them the freedom to chart their own course of learning while fostering their emotional growth." [3] It has been cited as an influence for other urban free schools.[4]

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Coordinates: 42°38′44″N 73°45′28″W / 42.64561°N 73.75779°W / 42.64561; -73.75779