Open Connections

Open Connections is

where life and learning connect in a natural way.
a supportive community that nurtures life-long learning.
where youth can safely explore the outer world around them and the inner world within them.
a place where my young people and I feel valued and appreciated.
founded on the belief that people are natural learners.
-Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder
where we go to create the world we want for our youth.
a forward thinking, educational community that values process-consciousness.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

40th Anniversary Gala Evening

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

40th Anniversary Family Festival

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Staff Development

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Fall Parent Conferences

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Fall Parent Conferences


I have no doubt that it is my experience at OC itself that stoked the flames of my . . . curiosity.

-Madeleine, OC Alumna

"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Self-directed Learning

Self-directed Learning covers a spectrum of meanings for different users.  At Open Connections we tend to use the term to distinguish student-centered learning from learning that has been initiated by--and usually coerced by--someone in a position of authority.  The content may be identical in the two different schemes.  What distinguishes them is the source.  Choosing Moby Dick from the library is one thing: having it assigned by a parent or English teacher is quite another.  Similarly, learning to add and subtract so that you can balance your financial accounts is different from learning by way of completing assigned worksheets. While the outcome may also be similar, the self-directed learner has self-motivation and a sense of purpose that are likely to be lasting benefits that far surpass the skills learned or the the data memorized.