Imagine a world where all young people develop the foundation for a life of self-direction, constructive purpose, and personal fulfillment.


This world exists at Natural Creativity, an education center for families who choose an alternative to school. We believe that humans are born problem solvers—and naturally creative. We focus on developing creativity, compassion, and collaboration among our young people and community members.

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Our Mission

The purpose of Natural Creativity is to help young people and their families cultivate their innate ability to think flexibly and meet challenges creatively. We actively embrace racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity, and endeavor to become a catalyst for transformation in addressing the education crisis in Philadelphia and beyond.


Our Community


Natural Creativity understands that the intellectual, emotional, and social wellbeing of the individual is interdependent on the wellbeing of the larger community. Thus, every aspect of NC reflects our committment to social justice, equity, and improvement. This commitment shapes our daily operations, from the ways facilitators communicate with young people to the types, qualities, and strengths of our community partnerships and learning networks. We continue this through our parent workshops, community problem solving sessions, and by listening to, engaging, and growing with our community members.


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Our Approach

Natural Creativity is grounded in a respect for the innate human drive to learn and create meaning. Our methods and processes build on this drive to maximize each individual’s likelihood of success in the context of a collaborative community. Our approach honors the needs, rights, and interests of all community members as we work together to accomplish more than any of us could alone. Learn more about 

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Making NC Work

Natural Creativity is a non-profit organization. We expect families to pay what they are able, and we work to provide the rest in financial support. Individuals and organizations who support our commitment to making self-directed learning available to any young person — regardless of their socioeconomic status — are invited to donate money or support Natural Creativity in other ways.

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