ALC Mosaic is a K-12 independent school for self-directed learners and a half-day pre-K for ages 2-4. We are an Agile Learning Community that activates deep learning by harnessing powerful tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing our students to engage authentically with the world through their passions and strengths. Our learning environment embraces choice & freedom along with collaboration between students, facilitators, and the local community. The structure of the school allows for students, facilitators, and parents to have a voice and take an active role in building the community they want.

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The Agile Roots

The soil we grow from is trustin students, in each other, in you. The four assumptions that ground us are as follows:

1.  Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.

2. Self-Direction: People learn best when they make their own decisions. Children are people.

3. Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the material they are taught. The medium is the message.

4.Success: Personal development is catalyzed by cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.


The ALC model was developed in New York City’s Agile Learning Center (formerly Manhattan Free School). They adapted leading-edge practices used in Agile Software Development and other “lean management” techniques. The model is optimized for ongoing evolution to keep pace with the changing needs of children today. In 2013, Nancy and a group of families started The Mosaic School as a democratic free school. In November of 2013, Nancy found the Agile Learning Center in Manhattan and saw how powerful these practices could be in her community. Throughout 2014, Mosaic gradually integrated the ALC tools and became the second school operating as an Agile Learning Center. The 2015-16 school year begins with a network of schools and homeschool communities, with locations in Manhattan, Charlotte, Asheville, Cupey, PR, and Oahu, Hi. 

The Agile Cycle of Learning


What do you want to accomplish today?

In an Agile Learning Community, we discern and articulate what we want to do, individually and as a group.


What are you going to do about it?

Agile Learners spend their days exploring and inventing – once we know what we want, we create it.


What did you learn from your choices?

Looking back, we develop awareness of what worked and what didn’t, so we can move forward more powerfully.


How can you share it with the world?

We document our work to record, exhibit, and share our experience with others.


We prepare young people for the world they are growing up into by empowering them to actively create it.


We use leading edge tools and culture creation practices to provide students with the maximal support with minimal interference.


We are active collaborators in the ALC Network. We aren’t in this game alone! Check out the growing network of ALCs.


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Update 12/12/2017:

We’re in!

Thank you!

On Thursday, November 16th 2017, we passed the final test to our new sprinkler system and all other building inspections were complete. Eleven months after you helped us purchase this amazing property, we finally entered our new schoolhouse with awe and utter joy.

Photos and logos by Eric Friedensohn. Additional photos by Twah Dougherty.

ALC Mosaic, INC. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin, sex, or disability, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.