Step 1: Research

Read about the ALC model and browse through our comprehensive FAQ page. Familiarize yourself with the Alliance for Self-Directed Education’s “What is SDE?” content. Visit our Resources page to dive deeper into articles, videos, books and organizations. 


Step 2: Attend an Info Session

Info Sessions are hosted by Facilitators and currently enrolled parents. They occur every two months and correspond with our enrollment entry points. Check here to RSVP for an Info Session and determine our upcoming enrollment entry dates.


A visiting week is designed to allow the student to experience what it is like to be at Heartwood, for the parent/guardian(s) to get a feel for a new rhythm and to help us all gauge whether or not we are a good match for each other. To sign up for a visiting week, complete the visiting week Application and Records. Visiting weeks include an end-of-week debrief with the parent/guardian(s), Facilitators and student. Visiting weeks are $165.

Step 3: Complete a Visiting Week


Mid-year enrollment is prorated based on your student's start date. Tuition is based on a tier system that corresponds to family income. Our tier program relies on trust, access, and responsibility. By trusting families to be generous and reasonable we increase our accessibility. Read more about tuition here.

Step 4: Determine Tuition


The admissions committee will make a final determination. If accepted, parent/guardian(s) submit their Enrollment Agreement and pay their deposit.

Step 5: Finalize