The Clearwater School is part of an international movement of Sudbury schools. The model is based on Sudbury Valley School, which opened in 1968 in Framingham, MA. Sudbury schools run counter to the prevalent education system based on top down management, mandatory coursework and standardized testing. Yet Sudbury graduates are consistently successful in their adult lives—pursuing higher education and entering creative and entrepreneurial careers. They take on difficult challenges with confidence, achieve their personal goals and most importantly, make sure they lead meaningful lives. Sudbury students are characteristically articulate, compassionate individuals who know how to work with others, think critically, engage their creativity and solve problems—skills needed to be successful in every aspect of life, including employment and higher education.