Our Mission

Our Purpose at Buckeye is to help kids and their families cultivate the confidence (courage), agency and skills needed to live and thrive in our rapidly changing environment.

What is Buckeye?

Buckeye Friends is a progressive, self-directed, project-based, experiential learning community committed to teaching our seeds the life skills needed to thrive in every circumstance. We prioritize vulnerability and wholehearted living while honoring the needs of the whole child; body, mind and soul. At Buckeye we empower our kids with freedom to craft their own stories, define and measure their own success while teaching them that their choices will change the world. We know that true innovation and successful problem solving can only happen when kids have the courage to fail. Buckeye celebrates the journey to solutions by teaching our kids that the most valuable answer is not always the correct answer; at Buckeye F stands for find another way.

Buckeye Friends teaches kids how to live. We are a hybrid homeschool school offering a modern, challenging, learner centric curriculum shared in mixed age pods. Along with a strong STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and literacy foundation, Buckeye kids enjoy a living classroom with daily access to a forest, stream, pond, farm animals, composting, growing, music, cooking, sculpting, coding, Spanish, French and much, much more.

Our Philosophy

Life and childhood is an unfolding process. Humans evolve cognitively, emotionally, socially, morally, physically and spiritually throughout our lives. Helping to instill a deep love of learning along with the courage to be vulnerable and creative grows wholehearted humans capable of changing the world.

At Buckeye we believe that all children have infinite potential and that our job as co-learners is to help them free it

We prioritize play because it is the instinctive drive that kids use to educate themselves

We know that all children learn differently, giving kids the freedom to choose which subjects and tools work best for them unlocks their natural joy and motivation to learn

We believe our kids need a deep sense of love and belonging to thrive within the social media swipe culture they are facing

Learning can happen anywhere, we believe in helping our kids discover it everywhere

We believe that gratitude, willingness and courage are essential and that kindness, respect and equality are non-negotiable