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Shine ALC

A Self Directed Learning Center In Sebastopol, CA

A 21st Century Education

Children today will need to succeed in a very different world than the one their parents have known.


The future is in the hands of community builders, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. The skills to identify an opportunity, organize a team, plan the work, execute to fulfillment, and build your reputation from these successes do not come from obeying “Sit down, be quiet, and do what I say.”

Children need a setting to develop their fluency in social, cultural, and emotional intelligence, motivation, self-knowledge, and their sense of purpose. They need facilitation sharing their learning and the inspiration of a collaborative community.

This kind of learning isn't just essential for education, but for mental health.  It is taken for granted in our society that many children don't like school and don't want to go.  Allowing children to consent to how and where they direct their own time and energy is essential to their well being.  


Shine is a self directed learning community located in the heart of Sebastopol. We are restructuring our program for Fall 2023 and moving to our new, centrally located, urban location. We are envisioning a closely connected community of learners ages 7 and up (exceptions for younger learners may be made on a case by case basis). Our program is based on Agile Learning Center tools. 

Hours of Operation


10 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Drop off between 9:45 - 10 A.M. 

Pickup between 4 - 4:15 P.M.

August 15, 2023 to June 13, 2024

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

500 N Main St, Suite B, Sebastopol, CA 




$7,500 annually

Tuition can be divided into 10 equal payments of $750 

Shine requests the group continuity of full-time enrollment while also understanding that may not be the best fit for every family or child. A limited number of part-time spots are available, with preference given to returning children. Inquire right away if that is the best option for your family.

Tentative Calendar

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