About five years ago we started thinking about some big problems. We saw students lives stifled by $1 Trillion in college debt, the lack of connection that colleges have to their communities, and the disconnect between theory and practice in college curriculums. After four years of volunteer development, the Saxifrage School is now up and running. We call this current stage of our work a "higher education laboratory"; we come up with new ideas on how to do college better and test them out. Over the last year we have chosen a campus neighborhood, held over a dozen classes, launched the Pittsburgh Forum, worked on student-voice research with the Sprout Fund, developed the Askr concept, and launched Dev.Year. It is exciting to think that we have grown enough that a student could study with us full-time. The current cost of a full course load (four twelve-week classes) would be about $1800 per semester. Although we are not a "college" and do not offer credit, we do offer learners the resources and community they need to begin their life's work. By lowering costs and re-thinking the campus we are able to focus on preparing students to make what is valuable and to question the value of what is made. Throughout the history of our work, we have been supported by hundreds of volunteers and thoughtful students. Considering joining our work by donating, writing us, or taking an upcoming course. Become a part of making sure, as Thoreau says in Walden, that we "do not play life, or study it merely, while the community supports [us] at this expensive game, but earnestly live it from beginning to end."
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