We are are currently accepting applications for new students at all grade levels, K-12. Apply online here: https://forms.gle/nWPtpF8EEE76zk467
Or contact us for a hardcopy.
We also welcome new interns and volunteers!
For a private tour, call 612-823-0154 or email SCHOOL@GAIADEMOCRATIC.ORG.
Virtual tours available too.
We love to show off our school!
See what learning in freedom can do for you!
Gaia Democratic School provides a multi age environment for learning together in fun and freedom. We strive to create a school that: -celebrates and honors each individual and the community as a whole --is anti-oppression, anti-racist, -is inclusive of learning diversity and needs -is "Full Spectrum" in regards to respecting all community members' gender identities, neurodiversity and learning styles. We promote cooperative and self-directed learning, academic freedom, social justice, youth rights, environmental stewardship, and of course, democratic education. Flexible options, small groups and individualized plans are always part of the deal at Gaia. Gaia Democratic School admits students and hires staff of any race, color, religion, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national and ethnic origin and accords to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. GDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national or ethnic origin or any other reason.
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Full Spectrum Street Outreach for youth up to age 25
Contact us for support! 612-385-8409
Eve, Gray, Maddy
Nightmare on 13th: The Gaia Horror Show an original musical by Gaia premiered on Friday, June 17th. We have a digital copy available, contact us if you want access!
Donations are appreciated.
Alert! We MOVED to a new location summer of 2018!
(on the corner of 13th and University Ave. SE)
Metrotransit bus stop is on University, serviced by routes 6 and 2. Other options include the U of M buses and nearby light rail train stops.
School hours are 9:30am-4:00pm.
We are currently providing free PPE and rapid tests to students and staff. We continue to enforce masking, ventilation and cleaning policies and protocols. (2023)
(updated 8/14/2021) COVID19/Weather/Closing Policy:
We generally follow Minneapolis Public Schools district's decisions on closing/delaying school. However, the Gaia Council voted in March 2020 to allow flexibility with this policy.
The well being of our community is our top priority. We are keeping up to date on current available guidelines and scientific data. At this time, we are confident in our safety precautions, partially due to our small size and cooperative environment. We plan to be open for in-person school on Sept. 8, 2021 with masks, social distancing and other safety policies in place. These include: temperature checks, regular disinfection of our space, increased air flow and medical grade quality air filtration. We plan to be outdoors as much as possible and will limit the number of people in each room. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for all students and staff. Our staff have been vaccinated.
We will also continue to offer ZOOM meetings and classes as much as possible for those who are not in person.
February 2021 Newsletter:
Feb. 2021 Newsletter (1).pdf
March 2021 newsletter:
March 2021 Newsletter.pdf
April 2021 Newsletter:
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Gaia Calendar 2022-2023
School hours are 9:30am-4:00pm
School starts: Tues. Sept. 6
-Fri. Oct. 21
-Mon. Oct. 31
-Tues. Nov. 1
-Wed.-Fri. Nov. 23, 24, 25
-Dec. 19-Jan. 2, 2023
Back to school: Tues. Jan. 3
-Mon. Jan. 16
-Mon. Feb. 20
-Fri. March 3
-March 31- April 7
Back to school: Mon. April 10
-Mon. May 8
-Mon. May 29
Last day of school year and Graduation Celebration: Wed. June 14
No MPS buses:
Sept. 26, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 4, Dec. 9, Feb. 21, Jan. 27, Feb. 21
Fri. April 21, 4-6 pm Mini-film fest, Magic the Gathering tourney, art market & more!