Mercer Free School

About Us


The Mercer Free school was launched in March 2010 as a voluntary association in the spirit of Beacon Hill Free School (as described in John Holt's Instead of Education, 1976) by two users of the Ewing branch of the Mercer County Library System [thus initially as Ewing Free School (with the initial URL of]. It is a "free" school in the sense that no monetary exchange is involved and it is not controlled by obligation or the will of another. After the first couple of weeks, the name was changed to Mercer Free School to be identified with a greater geographic area. Mercer County consists of the following municipalities in New Jersey: East Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence, Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville, Trenton, and West Windsor.


Our guiding principles consist of the following three components: community, freedom (including being free), and learning.

How are we different from other organizations?

There are a lot of opportunities to learn, and we appreciate them and take part in them when possible. Then, why do we need a free school like this? Here are some points.



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