Are You Ready for a Change?
New members are being accepted into all of our programs, throughout the year.
Deep Root Center provides a safe, non-coercive environment where each child's innate love of learning, natural curiosity, and unique way of looking at the world is celebrated and nurtured and is what guides their specific learning plan.
With two facilities in the North Country, Deep Root Center offers an alternative to school for young people ages 5-19. We are here to support each individual, moving forward, in a unique direction, to follow their interests and goals, at a pace that is right for them. Our main goal is to encourage our student members to rediscover and embrace their natural playfulness, curiosity, and creativity; and, in the process, rekindle their love of learning and belief in themselves.
DRC is Not a School
Deep Root Center is an alternative to school because we believe that all young people deserve a safe educational environment where they feel like they are part of a community - and where they are free to explore all the possibilities. Learning can only happen when kids intuitively understand that they are secure, accepted, and trusted to make decisions, make mistakes, and explore all their interests to achieve their ever-evolving aspirations.
Your kid isn't into school. But you know they would thrive in the right environment. We trust that each child will lead the way in working together to create that environment from scratch. All topics and formats are on the table. Everything is possible.
Young People Who Choose Deep Root Center:
DRC Culture of Trust and Respect
Everyone is welcome and celebrated at Deep Root Center as a unique individual. Our policy of radical inclusivity gives us the freedom to accept, support, respect, and trust every young person on their learning journey.
Programs & Services
Now with two locations in St Lawrence County - Deep Root Center-Canton and Deep Root Center-Massena, we serve children between ages 5-19. Every student member has full access to DRC facilities, programs (including the Seedlings program for ages 5-10), resources, tools and equipment, learning plan development, as well as a mentoring relationship with our caring supportive staff and community.
This service is for students who want to pursue homeschooling on their own and need help with NYS homeschool documentation (IHIP, Quarterly Reports, etc), resources, as well as building official transcripts. The DRC Executive Director will schedule consultation appointments to help families navigate the process. You can begin homeschooling at any time during he academic year. You do not have to wait until September.
The DRC-Canton Summer Program during the last two weeks of August is designed to offer opportunities for hands-on exploration, creativity, and fun that children crave. DRC provides a space filled with resources and materials where kids are encouraged to explore their interests freely.