Big School and Small School: 1978

Small size alone does not create challenging and high
quality education that places young people first; however,
the proper environment is needed in which professional
teachers, administrators and involved families and community
members can nurture and truly educate youngsters through their critical years of growth.

The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
"AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. Education Alternatives include, but are not limited to, Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner) Choice, Democratic, Homeschool, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling. One of AERO's areas of expertise is democratic process and democratic education, but equally important is the networking of all forms of educational alternatives."
Founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz

List and description of over 12,000 learner centered alternatives
Small Schools Project
"Part of the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest Center, was created in 2000 to promote the understanding and development of small schools committed to providing rigorous, relevant learning experiences for all students, based on powerful relationships that support this learning.”