Four Winds School was an independent middle school where students in grades 6 through 8 learned at their own level and pace. Our small size, combined with our focus on social skills, mental health, and social justice, created a safe learning environment for students of any race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. In addition to these valuable life skills, our students learned self confidence, time management, and most importantly, they learned how to learn. Explore the links, videos, and testimonials on our website to learn more!

Four Winds School, an alternative middle school for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Four Winds School, an independent middle school in Gill, MA

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Four Winds School was committed to our mission to serve local middle school students in need of an alternative education. Founded in 1999 and closed in 2024, Four Winds School served students from Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties as well as Southern Vermont. You can learn more about us on the following credible websites:

As a leading alternative school for area families seeking an unconventional learning environment, we provided a key formative opportunity for students to discover their potential and love of learning. Our unique program allowed middle schoolers to learn in an intimate and innovative environment at their own pace, following their own curiosity in collaboration with educators to pursue their unique learning goals. We provided students with an inclusive, self-paced learning experience that fosters self-discovery and intellectual engagement. Within Four Winds’ intimate, communal setting, students gained a lifelong faith in their own curiosity and critical thinking. This, in turn, led to the self-knowledge and initiative they’ll come to rely on as community-minded citizens, lifelong learners, and changemakers.