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The Hive: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

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Business Hours

Monday 9:30 am 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 10:00 am

Founded 2018

The Hive is an educational resource center in Springfield, Oregon - where youth ages 12-18 are supported in knowing and fulfilling their dreams. Our inspiration is the 23-year-tested Liberated Learners model, based on the principles of Self-Directed Education. We are an alternative *to* school, not to be confused with an alternative school. (Legally, most members become homeschoolers, which allows us to work with youth in a flexible, collaborative, and respectful manner.) Our center is open 4 days a week (basically following the school calendar, but closed Wednesdays), and we offer a cornucopia of classes, workshops, tutorials, and other opportunities - all without compulsory attendance, grading, or testing. Each teen member is matched with a staff advisor who meets with them regularly to help define, support, and track visionary goals. The Hive is a 501c3 non-profit organization, supported by tuition and donations. Families who can pay full tuition do so - however, we wholeheartedly welcome a diverse membership and thus offer fee reductions and other financial strategies when needed.