Ann Arbor Open offers a radical educational alternative to students, teachers, and parents in the Ann Arbor Public School District as a first come first serve basis. Parents and Teachers founded Ann Arbor Open in the belief that children come to school already immersed in their learning and have their own strengths and interests. They seek to support the individual and provide guidance, stimulation, and support.
Ann Arbor Open strives to be a leading educational force in open education. As an open school, Ann Arbor Open promotes social and emotional development. Children learn to share knowledge and feelings, to solve interpersonal problems, to develop common goals, and to respect each other's values. The emphasis is on challenging students individually based on cooperation rather than competition. Freedom, responsibility, self-discipline, and consideration of others are learned by daily practice. When combined with the richness of the school's diverse population and a daily commitment to multicultural education, these various components challenge the barriers of sexism, racism, and classism.