For anyone who is in or near New York City, there are several in-person alternatives to school you might want to look into and discuss with your parents if you aren't happy in traditional school or you've already left school and want to get involved in something.
is a new learning center in Brooklyn, focused on learners ages 13-30. They offer workshops and a gap year program. Their next workshop is January 2-13, 2017, and you can learn more and apply here
if you're interested.
Agile Learning Center NYC
is a private school in Manhattan similar to democratic schools but with a bit different proccess for meetings and decision-making. They're enrolling students ages 7 to 16 and have a sliding scale tuition. This is an actual school with expected daily attendance, but there is no imposed curriculum and students spend the days aside from some very quick daily meetings choosing how they spend their time.
Brooklyn Free School
is a free school in Brooklyn.
For those interested in homeschooling/unschooling in NYC, I suggest checking out Amy Milstein's blog, Unschooling NYC
I'll update this post as I get new information, and before too long this and other information will expand into a guide to school alternatives, either on the Alliance for Self-Directed Education's upcoming website or and/or on a separate site I'm working on developing.
Also let me know if anyone has questions about options in the NYC/NJ area or anywhere else for that matter.