Gaia Democratic School

School started on Tuesday Sept. 8.
We accept applications at any time.
Call or email to set up a tour!

See "Admissions" page for more information.

Download our 2015-2016 school calendar here: 
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School Hours are 9:30am-4:00pm, Monday- Friday

Download our current class schedule:
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Upcoming Events:

Next OPEN HOUSE- Oct. 13, 5:00-7:00pm
Gaia hosts an Open House every 2nd Tuesday of the month- Oct. 2015- May, 2016.

Gaia Council Meetings- Oct. 7, Oct. 21

Full Moon Show and Tell- Tues. Oct. 27

Gaia Director Starri Hedges will speak on panel at Macalester College's 22nd Annual International Roundtable event on Sat. Oct. 10- 

No School Friday Oct. 16
No School Monday Nov. 2

Save the date for this annual good time event:
Empty Bowls 2015- Friday Nov. 20, 5:00-8:00pm

Recent News
See our "Sex Ed Empowers YOUth" page for info on our latest Indiegogo campaign and Gaia in the news!

Questions may be directed to

Some of our PAST EVENTS:
Thanks to the Seward Cafe for hosting our Summer Solstice Celebration on Sat. June 20, 2015. Also, Gaia Gratitude to all of the donors to the Silent Auction and the fabulous performers!

Our Spring Play MENTAL POTLUCK (May 21, 22, 23, 2015) was a great success!

UNCHAINED VI at Bedlam Lowertown on March 23 was a super fun party despite the snowy weather!

Sat. Feb. 14: Love Brunch and Spa Day 
Benefit for Gaia! Brunch from 11:00-1:30, Wellness Spa from 12:30-3:00. Live piano music. Classy 
Brunch Menu, and more.

THANKS TO PIZZA LUCE for hosting a pizza party benefit for us on Dec. 8, 2014. We all had a great time!
Our EMPTY BOWLS Event November 14, 2014 was a grand evening with handmade bowls and other treasures, student created entertainment, and many delicious soups, breads, and an amazing 3 layer Gaia Cake! We partnered with the First Unitarian Society and raised money for our food program, the MCTC Homeless Connect project. We also collected warm clothing items for a local youth shelter and school supplies for Gaia kids. 

This school year we have visited the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden, Loring Park, Lakewood Cemetery, Waldoch Farm, Thomas Lowry/Seven Pools Park, and Intermedia Arts. We also went Trick or Treating on Halloween!

Fall Equinox Field Trip 2014
Gaia's Garden!

The GAIA GARDEN GROUP planted Fall bulbs in our new garden and got the grounds ready for Winter. Thinking ahead to Spring and starting an indoor garden are current projects.
Thanks to the Jeffers Foundation school garden grant we were awarded, the Gaia Garden Group met weekly over the Summer of 2014 in the Kingfield Community Garden. In 2015 we will be gardening as part of our new Summer Camp Program!
More info on Jeffers Foundation:

Gaia Members receive a subscription to the School Newspaper "The Democratic Pages."
Here are some
 student created SCHOOL NEWS PAPERS  from the 2013-2014 School Year:


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The 2nd Annual 
Gaia Family Carnival/Open House  on July 25, 2014 was wonderful fun and featured Silly Miss Tilly, a Gaia DS Community Talent Show, art, food, games, entertainment, and more!

A GREAT time was had by all on our 
School Camping Trip at Camp Sacajawea (June 9, 10, 11 2014)! We went to the beach, did some kayaking, played lots of games, built fires, told stories, made art, cooked together, celebrated a birthday and our first year as Gaia DS.

Our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the 2014 play was a great success! 
Watch the student made video:

More Highlights in Gaia History:
Our 2013 FALL EQUINOX FIELD TRIP to Lake Harriet was a beautiful day!
Here we are at the Rose Gardens:


Gaia Democratic School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. GDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, or national and ethnic origin. 

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