A.S Neill's Summerhill School, a co-educational boarding school in Suffolk, England, is the original alternative 'free' school.
Summerhill is the oldest children's democracy in the world. It is probably the most famous alternative or 'free' school. The system that Summerhill employs is not only about education - it is also a different way of parenting which eliminates most of the friction and many of the problems experienced by modern families.
Summerhill is a real place, not a utopia.
It is more of a family or tribe than a school - full of companionship, laughter and real feelings.