The Exploring Family School collection documents the founding, curriculum, and thirteen year operation of Exploring Family
School (EFS). It consists of board minutes, executive files, newsletters, budget reports, staff notes, and curricula pertaining
to the operation of the school. The collection also includes correspondence with other free schools and some countercultural
ephemera. The collection is organized into four series: Board and Committee Minutes, Staff Notes and Yearbooks, Publications
and Information, and Underground Radical Ephemera.
Founded by parents dissatisfied with the public school system, the Exploring Family School (EFS) was San Diego's first institution
for alternative education. EFS ran from 1969-1983 and provided a K-12 education. The school was founded under the assumption
that structure is detrimental to the learning experience. Students were not graded, and were not exposed to competition within
the classroom. Instead, teachers developed a more interactive approach with both parents and students, flexible enough to
foster the child's emotional, academic and social needs.
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This collection is open for research.