An Agile Learning Center is an independent school for self-directed learners. Students at Agile Learning Centers individualize their learning within the context of a supportive community. We have adapted simple tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation to better support young people in engaging with their passions and curiosities while shaping the environment of the school. 

The ALC Model

We prepare young people for the world they are growing up into by empowering them to actively create it.


We use leading edge tools and culture creation practices to provide students with the maximal support with minimal interference.


Learning is natural. It is happening all the time.


Agile Roots

Our culture is emergent and adaptive. We iterate and evolve our tools and practices so that the process is always serving the people. The ALC model holds these four assumptions, the Agile Roots, at its core — they drive all that we do. 

Accomplishment is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.


People learn more from their culture and environment than from the material they are taught. The medium is the message.


People learn best when they make their own decisions. Children are people.



What do you want to accomplish today?

In an Agile Learning Center, we discern and articulate what we want to do, individually and as a group.


What are you going to do about it?

Agile Learners spend their days exploring and inventing – once we know what we want, we create it.



What did you learn from your choices?

Looking back, we develop awareness of what worked and what didn’t, so we can move forward more powerfully.


How can you share it with the world?

We document our work to record, exhibit, and share our experience with others.

The soil we grow from is trust: in students, in each other, in you. Trust provides the foundation for the Agile Roots to take hold, and these four elements make learning possible. 

Agile Cycles of Learning

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2125 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA