Agile Learning Center

Education Evolved

A collage of ALC-NYC kids in the snow, painting, playing piano, in Central Park, and standing in a circle design drawn in some sand.

New York City’s first Agile Learning Center is an independent school for self-directed learners. Students at Agile Learning Centers individualize their learning within the context of a supportive community. We have adapted simple tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation to better support young people in engaging with their passions and curiosities while shaping the environment of the school.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, programming is presently offered both on-site and online. Masks are required at all in-person gatherings regardless of vaccination status, and we are limiting visitors at this time.

Please see our operating plan for the 2022-2023 school year for more details on how we are keeping our community safe.

While we are currently enrolling and intend to maintain rolling admissions as we have previously done, admissions events will also be offered remotely as we do our part to avoid spreading the virus and to protect our community.


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

 The Agile Roots

The soil we grow from is trustin students, in each other, in you. The four assumptions that ground us are as follows:

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

2. Self-Direction: People learn best when they make their own decisions. Children are people.

3. Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the material they are taught. The medium is the message.

4. Success: Growth is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.

An 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.


How can you share it with the world?

We document our work to recordexhibit, and share our experience with others.

Empowering. Innovative. Collaborative.

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 the flagship of and active collaborators within the Agile Learning Centers Network. This means we regularly get to share and learn with ALCs around the world.

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.
Logos by Eric Friedensohn. Photos by Abby Oulton.

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