Based on the research of others and my experiences as an educator, this is how I would run a school. This list will be continually "under revision" ...
  • Size of School: the school itself should either be small or should contain various "school within a school" communities that allow the staff (of the school or of the smaller community) to know every student
  • Class Size: ideal class size is around fifteen
  • Environment: the buildings and rooms should be as comfortable as possible, with natural light, adequate and comfortable seating, work areas appropriate for the required tasks, fresh air when the weather permits, and "green" (see "Hawthorne Effect")
  • Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary Curriculum: arts, humanities, and sciences; health; living skills; the emphasis should always be on the intersection of these disciplines and their application to real-world activities
  • Teacher Training & Expectations (see "Pygmalion Effect")
  • Project-Based Learning: as much as possible, all work should be in pursuit of projects that have implications beyond the classroom or the school
  • Regular Guests: just as teachers should supplement the curriculum with a variety of resources, the teachers should be supplemented with a variety of guest speakers and artists.
  • Discipline: academic discipline results in tutoring; behavioral discipline results in service after school to clean or repair the school grounds; removal from school is always an option as access to free education is a privilege
  • Funding: if a student must repeat a course for any reason other than improper placement by the school administration, then the parents will be responsible for paying the costs related to that course for that student
  • Grades and Courses: Students do not complete "grades," they complete courses, similar to the college system. Some courses are required. The rest are determined by student interest. There is no age or "grade level" associated with any course, so a given course may have a wide range of ages. Admission to each course is predicated on: any pre-requisites for the course, student interest, and demonstrated student aptitude