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 2022!

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


2022 Day camps for youth age 6-16 start July 5 and end on Aug. 12

Join the fun! Flexible options include half days, full days, weekly, daily or drop in. You do not have to be a student at Gaia to participate.

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!  Camps start at 11:00 am and end at 5:00pm. Half days can be 11:00-2:00 or 2:00-5:00 or we can be more flexible. 

Daily offerings include: Academic tutoring, Multi-media Art, and Sports/Fitness fun! 
Baking/Cooking are planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Themes/Structure/Unschool, we offer it all!

Weekly Themes and topics are always optional: 

July 5-8: Art & Anime

July 11-15: Musical Jam

July 18-21: Gaia Science: Earth & Rainbows

July 25-29: Plant Magic & Fairy Terrariums

Aug. 1-5: Animals of Earth & Mythical Beasts

Aug. 8-12: Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering & more RPG

It's not too late to let us know your ideas, requests and interests!

Information on fees:

We have decided to keep our "Early Bird" rates in effect. 

Need based scholarships are available, please apply as soon as possible by contacting us after submitting your registration request. ​We encourage you to apply no matter what your ability to pay is.

20% off discounts will be applied to registrations of 2 or more siblings and/or 2 or more weeks of camps.

Gaia Camp Fees:
5 day week- Half day: $140
5 day week- Full day: $240

4 day week- Half day- $115
4 day week- Full day- $220

Drop in daily Half day- $40
Drop in- Daily- Full day- $60
Drop in- 2x/week - Half days- $60
Drop in- 2x/week- Full days- $95

Summer Pass- Half days unlimited 6 weeks- $550
Summer Pass- Full days- unlimited 6 weeks- $950
Cancellations and refunds due to Covid-19 issues will be honored.

Gaia staff in direct contact with youth have been vaccinated. Gaia is still masking indoors. Covid safety protocol (as recommended by county, state and federal health departments) will be enforced

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