How It Works

Learning Together at the Public School

Learning at the Public School is very informal. There is no enrollment process. The class schedule is on the website. For most classes, just show up at the scheduled time and place. You can sign up for the mailing list to have a weekly schedule sent to you.

What Classes Are Like

Although there is usually a specific person or group that organize a class, there is rarely someone taking up a leadership role like a teacher. Expect that everyone takes collective responsibility for learning. One of the most common forms for a class to take is a reading group: an unfacilitated discussion of texts that the group decided to read before or during the class. There are other types of classes and events too; we encourage people to explore creatively how to learn together.

Types of Classes

  • Lectures / Panels
  • (Poetry/Literary) Readings
  • Reading Group (out-loud reading or before-class readings and discussion)
  • Study Group
  • Research Group
  • Writing Workshop
  • Seminar
  • Art Studio
  • Critique
  • Experiential Learning (Hands On, Learning by Doing)

[This list is not exhaustive; if you can think of a different way to learn, learn that way.]

Creating Learning Experiences

There is no separate group of people – a faculty, or administration – that organize classes for another group of people, the students. The Public School is you – you as a member of a learning community.

At present, there are four areas of interest around which Public School classes tend to cluster: Art Practice (Birdhouse is the visual art “wing” of the school); Poetry, Literature and Writing; Language Learning; and Humanities (Theory, Politics, Philosophy, and History).  We encourage you to get to know other people participating in the school.