Wildwood ALC is a non-profit, agile learning community in Watauga County, NC, for homeschoolers who wish to engage in collaborative, self-directed learning. At Wildwood ALC everyone is both a learner and a teacher, everyone is fully valued for who they are, and everyone has a meaningful voice in creating our community. Our mixed-age learning environment embraces choice and freedom along with collaboration between peers, facilitators, and the local community.

We are currently open 3 days a week M, Tu, Th from 9 am until 3pm through the school year for homeschooled children ages 7 and up. We are not a “school” and all children need to be registered homeschoolers in the state of NC.


What makes Wildwood ALC unique?



At Wildwood, relationships are built on trust in ourselves, each other and the community. We trust & empower young people to be leaders of their own learning and caring, contributing citizens who can succeed in an ever-changing world.


Children (and all humans) are naturally curious about the world. We are literally wired to learn. Learning is natural and happening all the time, whether we intend to or not. Studies show that play is deeply involved in child development and learning: Play improves memory, creative problem solving, and self-regulation.


Children learn best from other kids who are just slightly ahead of their own abilities. In a mixed age setting, older students have the opportunity to mentor younger children. Age mixing also allows for nurturing relationships between older and younger children, and is an effective anti-bullying strategy


Research shows that the best learning happens when people are free to pursue their own interests. There are no tests, grades, or required curricula. Classes/Workshops are held by request and provided by those within our group and in the larger community.


Everyone participates in the co-creation of community practices and healthy culture, and everyone has a real and meaningful voice in the group decision-making process. As social creatures, we thrive in this kind of vibrant community which builds our confidence, heightens our communication skills, and calls forth our best selves.


We use adaptable tools and practices borrowed from the Agile Management/Software world to help individualize learning within the context of an intentional community.


“All I am saying…can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.” ~ John Holt