Agile Learning Center


Education Evolved


New York City’s first Agile Learning Center is an independent school for self-directed learners currently enrolling students ages 7-16.

Agile Learning Centers activate explosive learning by harnessing powerful tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing our students to deeply engage with the world through their passions and strengths.


Agile Culture

Our Agile Culture model is emergent and adaptive. We iterate and evolve our tools and practices so that the process is always serving the people. The Agile Culture model holds these five assumptions, the Agile Roots, at its core — they drive all that we do.


The Agile Roots


1.  Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.

2. Self-Direction: When people make their own decisions, they learn better. (And children are people!)

3. Purpose: People develop their strengths through cycles of intention, creation, and reflection.

4. Engagement: People learn more from the culture and environment they are immersed in than from the material they are taught.

5. Accomplishment: The 21st century world demands the creation of visible, shareable value as evidence of learning.



The Agile Cycle of Learning



What do you want to accomplish today?

In an Agile Learning Center, we discern and articulate what we want to do, individually and as a group.



What are you going to do about it?

Agile Learners spend their days exploring and inventing – once we know what we want, we create it.



What did you learn from your choices?

Looking back, we develop awareness of what worked and what didn’t, so we can move forward more powerfully.



We prepare young people for the world they are growing up into by empowering them to actively create it.



We use leading edge tools and culture creation practices to provide students with the maximal support with minimal interference.



We are active collaborators in the ALC Network. We aren’t in this game alone! Check out the growing network of ALCs.


Follow our adventures on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. Check out our Agile Learning Facilitators Facebook page, and our growing network of Agile Learning Centers! You can learn more about the ideas that inform our work from these videos, books and articles.

Featured Video

Check out Agile Learning Facilitator and founder of ALC Mosaic, Nancy Tilton, speaking at The What if…? Conference in Columbia, MO last spring! She speaks about happiness, “flow,” and her journey starting an ALC.

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The Agile Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or ethnic origin in administration, admission, or any associated activities.

Photos and logos by Eric Friedensohn. Additional photos by Twah Dougherty.