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 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.


1219 University Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

​​​Gaia Democratic school

Gaia is excited to announce the return of our Summer Camps program for 2021!

​Welcome to Gaia! We are looking forward to a fun filled summer and hope you will come play with us.

We are hosting day camps for youth age 6-21 in both Minneapolis and St. Cloud from June 28-August 13, 2021.

Join the fun! Flexible options include half days, full days, weekly, daily or drop in. 

Fill out the Registration Request Form (link below) to get started and/or request more info:

About this form: Please complete one form per youth. All sections are optional except section 1. Each week has a section. Theme/topic choices, requests and suggestions are in section 9. Basic Gaia info is in section 10.
Your registration request will be confirmed after full registration is received, including payment and/or scholarship approval. Further information including emergency contacts and liability waiver will be required to complete registration. After you fill out this form you will receive confirmation, invoice and instructions for completing enrollment from Gaia via email. 

Whether your needs are to try a taste of unschooling, get some extra academic support, learn a skill, or just have some fun and social time, Gaia has got a spot for your child/ren this summer!
Options include:

Full or half days, weekly, daily or drop in!  

Minneapolis or St. Cloud locations

Academic tutoring


Themes and topics may include academics, art, theater, mythology, gardening, gaming, magic, monsters, science and more. Let us know your ideas, requests and suggestions!

Gaia Camp Fees: 

Register by May 1st for special rates! before May 1/after May 1

5 day week- Half day: $125/$140

5 day week- Full day: $225/$240

4 day week- Half day- $100/$115

4 day week- Full day- $200/$220

Drop in daily Half day- $30/$40

Drop in- Daily- Full day- $50/$60

Drop in- 2x/week - Half days- $50/$60

Drop in- 2x/week- Full days- $85/$95

Summer Pass- Half days unlimited 6 weeks- $500/$550

Summer Pass- Full days- unlimited 6 weeks- $900/$950

Cancellations and refunds due to Covid-19 issues will be honored. Gaia staff in direct contact with youth have been vaccinated. Covid safety protocol (as recommended by county, state and federal health departments) will be enforced.   

Fees listed here are "early bird gets the worm" rates and are applicable until May 1, 2021. After that, rates will go up.

20% off discounts will be applied to registrations of 2 or more siblings and/or 2 or more weeks of camps. Need based scholarships are available, please apply as soon as possible by contacting us (see below) after submitting your registration.   

Contact us with questions at or 612-823-0154.