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The Face of Democracy in Action

Green Acres School


“We believe education is the engine of social change and that schools should model mini-democracies,” says Head of School Neal M. Brown, Ed.D. “Children here know their voices matter and see themselves as agents of change in the world.”

After investigating in science class how plastics affect our oceans, students launched a Marine Biology Club. The group recently proposed a plan to “phase out” plastic straws at school. They educate the school community about eco-friendly practices and are one of many examples of how Green Acres inspires engaged citizenship.

“We offer a unique environment for students to internalize a deep sense of responsibility—to themselves, all peoples and the earth,” says Brown. “We’ve been doing this for almost 85 years, and raising kids with these qualities is more vital today than ever.”



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