The Circle School is…
  • Effective: Happy kids practicing life, democracy, and community.
  • Open: Welcoming all who can thrive, preschool thru high school.
  • Convenient: Free bus service from 12 school districts, and only minutes from downtown Harrisburg.
  • Affordable: Financial aid for most families.
  • Proven: Since 1984, and akin to Sudbury Valley, Fairhaven, Clearwater, and dozens of other schools around the world.

Serving preschool, elementary, and high school-aged children from four through eighteen, The Circle School is an independent private day school located just minutes from downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in Swatara Township. A pioneer in integral education, The Circle School’s program balances freedom and responsibility in a self-directed, democratic community. Students are free to choose their own activities, while sharing with staff responsibility for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school, from enforcing democratically adopted laws to creating an annual budget. The Circle School also operates Children’s Morning Out, a free weekly playgroup for preschoolers aged 3.5 thru 5. Use the links at the top of the page to explore this innovative alternative!