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The Free School

The Free School is a coeducational private alternative school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City


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The Free School says

Founded in 1969 by Mary Leue, the Albany Free School is the oldest inner-city independent alternative school in the United States. The school based on freedom and democratic principles that was equally, if not more accessible to children of the poor. We are a community far more than a school providing a safe, nurturing, open space where kids ages three through fourteen learn.



Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 57
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 12
Kindergarten 5
1 5
2 4
3 9
4 7
5 4
6 4
7 6
8 1

The Free School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Free School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Gender 28% Male / 72% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 35%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4%
Multi-racial 4%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 30%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

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