Open Connections

Open Connections is

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

Prospective Families:

 If you are considering enrollment for Fall 2020, we encourage you to take advantage of our virtual interview and admissions process! Please click here to start the process. We look forward to “meeting” you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

Open Mic and Potluck

Sunday, December 13th, 2020

Community Day

Sunday, December 13th, 2020

OC Marketplace

Monday, February 1st, 2021

OC Community Event

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Registration OPENS 2020-21

testimonial

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.