The Questions

What is the name of the school? BS De Vallei
What is the address of the school? Groeneweg 12, 6871 DW Renkum
School’s phone number and website? tel: 0031-317-319983 web: www.basisschooldevallei.nl
School’s EUDEC contact person and e-mail? Maaike van Mourik (maaike@natuurlijkleren.net)
What is the legal status of the school? privat and approved
When was the school founded? aug. 2005
How many students are there? (answer here)26
Which student age groups are there? 2 - 14 years
How many (full-time equivalent) staff members? 6 persons (4,2 FTE)
How many school hours per day and week? 4 days from 8:30 - 15:30
Interested in hosting interns? (answer here)
Interested in the EUDEC Diploma? yes
Interested in the EUDEC exchange program? yes

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Does applicable law allow your school to follow the EUDEC definition of democratic education? yes (Further Elaboration...)
Do students have free choice of whether or not to participate in scholastic and other activities? yes They are free to chose. However if they make an appointment for something they are oblicated to keep there promise. We expect responsibility for the school.
Can students easily initiate and suggest scholastic and other activities? Yes, in the schoolmeeting Students have a lot of possibilities to initiate activities e.a.
Can students offer, lead and run scholastic and other activities? yes (Further Elaboration...)
Can students ‘vote’ on the school’s rules? yes We make the schoolrules together in the schoolmeeting. We 'vote' sociocraticaly
Can students ‘vote’ on the consequences of breaking rules? yes We have a 'mediation group' where rule-breakers discuss there behavior with the 'victims'. They decide on the consequenses together in a sociocratic way.
Can students ‘vote’ on the use of spaces? yes Every change in the school must go through the schoolmeeting.
Are there any compulsory activities for students? Only as a consequence of a choice 'Must'is in our school always a consequence of a early made choice. If you chose to make a mess, you must clean it, if you want to go to a museum, you must organise it, if you make an appointment with someone, you come to your appointment...etc.
Who decides on the compulsory activities and who must participate? the student him/herself (Further Elaboration...)
Can students ‘vote’ on accepting and expelling other students? No The staff decides on accepting and expelling other students. Sometimes the students are be asked for advise.
Can students be involved in the hiring and firing of staff members, including educational staff? yes If a new staffmember is hired there is a schoolmeeting after the new member has participated in the school for a few day's
Can students and staff equally participate in the decision making process? yes We work sociocratically. The vote is based on arguments.
Does your school need to meet any curriculum imposed from outside of the school? yes There is a curriculum from the government which the students need to meet. However it is pretty wide interpretable.
How is student performance and progress monitored and graded? With Spectrovita Spectrovita is a digital system in which the curriculum is displayd in 'development steps'. The teachers fill in the system together with the student and the parents and use there obervations to do so. Students are free to participate.
Can students ‘vote’ on managing and deciding the budget? partly The schoolmeeting has an own budget which is ment for everything needed in the daily school-life. The other part is managed by the staff. There is a small budget for paying the staff. The staff devides that. There is a budget for general things such as the building and insurences.
Can students ‘vote’ on the infrastructure of the school? partly they can vote over who leads the schoolmeeting or the mediationgroup e.a.
Can students ‘vote’ on the management structure of the school? partly Only as far as the daily school life is concerned. Things such as statutes, yearcalculations, pr e.a. are decided by the supervisory board together with the staff. Most of those things are to complicated for the young school population we have.

School Description

How often do school meetings take place? once a week
Which decision making bodies are there? teachers and students who want to come
Who decides who is in which decision making body? The schoolmeeting is open for whoever (students and staff) wants to decide. If you come you can vote, if you don't come you have no vote.
What is the parents’ role in school life? They can participate a lot but if there interference has an inpact in the daily school life it must be approved in the schoolmeeting.
What is the parents’ role in decision making? They have a right to advise the school and they can participate the building group which had a task to make the school bigger and more stable (more students (pr), finding finances and explaining the school to others.
Who is financially and legally responsible for your school? The supervisory board and staff.
Who makes financial and legal decisions? The supervisory board and staff. (If the decicions are 'child-level' they can be brought to the schoolmeeting. Staff decides which decicions are suitable to discuss with the childeren.
What is the school building like? It's an old school building with four 'classrooms' and an office. We have a big field outside for the childeren to play.
Is your school (partially or fully) a boarding school? no
From how far do most students come from? 20 km
In what kind of area is the school located? living area
How is the school funded? by the parents
Can students get a degree/diploma? yes, if they want. They can also participate the national yearly test with which they can enter a high school. However the test is not oblicated.
Is there any curriculum planning? Students make there own planning together with their coach if they want.

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