Life is creative. Learn like it.

SoCE is future now

The School of Creative Education enables children to learn both creatively and academically, in light of who they are.

Our community experiences the best of creative education on farming environments in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.

We are a not-for-profit, for-purpose social enterprise, and a registered charity.

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Are you contemplating opening a creative school or implementing SoCE’s creative education pedagogy?

Please be in touch with us. SoCE can build your creative school with you (or for you), or enable you to integrate creative education’s principles and practices in your educational environment.

Creative Education…

Creative Education, designed by our founder Jane Macdonald.

  • learning through the creative process
  • democratic… everyone governs and designs our school

  • self-directed learning

  • inquiry-based through projects, collaborative, and studio work

  • individual education programs

  • multi-age classes and projects

  • student-lead social and ecological enterprises

  • the Australian curriculum

  • union of high-tech, high-eco environments

  • local, national, and international community engagement
  • best global creative education principles and practices
  • a creative, contemporary and visionary learning community

Our Why

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A social problem

The call for more creativity is loud.

Greater creativity and wellbeing are being called for by our social, environmental, industrial and political sectors. They are faced with ‘wicked problems’ and seek our collaborators, project workers and problem solvers.

Our children want greater creativity and wellness too … they know they are faced with problems and yearn to be our collaborators, project workers and problem solvers and our educational sector asks our schools to integrate these needs.

The problem is that, despite the call, creativity is not encultured in Australian education.

Furthermore, research shows our academic process actively disables creativity.

Knowing this, should we consciously ask, is it true? Do we really allow our schools to kill creativity? Are we choosing, consciously or otherwise, to disable our kids’ creativity?

If our answer is “yes”, can we intentionally ask, why are we doing that? What purpose will it serve? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

After all, we have a duty of care.

In the U.S.A., creative education is viewed as a children’s rights issue.
We don’t talk about that in Australia.

What we talk about is the children who struggle in education. 25% drop out. Frustrated, bored, intelligent, questioning, rebellious, distracted, disengaged, tenacious, they slip through the cracks.

A social solution

Research shows the creative process over the academic process:

  • enables creativity
  • develops academic skills and knowledge
  • enhances well being, and
  • is mankind’s natural educator.

Creativity is even predicted to create a more just society.

SoCE is not waiting for our educational sector to transform. We are opening

Australia’s first creative primary and secondary school
replicable anywhere in Australia.

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Did you know, we aim to be Australia’s first metro off-grid school?

FACE2FACE conference
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Future of Alternative and Creative Education conference!

FACE2FACE is an annual conference designed to unite, celebrate and uplift our alternative and creative education sector, with amazing talks, workshops and sessions about the problems and solutions for the future of our sector.

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th November, 2018  at the School of Creative Education

FACE2FACE brings together educators, parents, and visionaries from our educational alternatives including:

  • Steiner education
  • Montessori education
  • Home and un-schooling education
  • Creative and democratic education, and
  • Ecological education including forest, bush, beach and farm schooling!

Applications for talks and workshops are NOW OPEN and registrations are ON SALE!


Information sessions for parents looking for an alternative school.

Are you considering primary schooling for 2019? Friday 19th October may help…

At our sessions, we will:

  1. ask what you are looking for in your child’s education
  2. present the purpose of a creative school with its principles and practices and learning outcomes, and look at other creative schools from around the world
  3. talk school fees, structure and governance, environmental impact, reporting, facility development, growth projections, accessibility, inclusion, vaccinations, class structures, curriculum, the transition program, and secondary education, and
  4. compare creative education with academic education.

So, if you would like to come along, please RSVP here!

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Enrolments are now open for Maxwell primary school children, 2019

We are aiming to open the Maxwell primary school, prep to year 6, at the beginning of term 1, 2019!

There are lots of opportunities to learn more about our school such as Primary Information Sessions, Primary Experience Sessions and Q&A sessions on Facebook Live.

Here’s some random info… school fees for 2019 are $3550 per child per year, awesome for an independent school! Enrolment forms are here! 

If you would like to enrol, please click here for more enrolling details!

Term 4 enrolments are open!

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Term 4 enrolments are open!

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