I can tell you about my dream school I hope to open someday! I picture it being rural in that it is outside a city but close enough to be reached by the nearby city or suburbs. But I picture the school being far enough out to afford several acres of land.
I always picture a big old Victorian house (which there are practically none of around here!). Two stories with a big porch and balcony. Lots of odd shaped rooms with great nooks and hiding places and comfy places to read.
There'd be a kitchen where people could cook for their lunch each day as well as just to learn to cook. There'd be a quiet room, a computer room, and some sort of large room that would be good for sitting and talking and hanging out. Also a room for arts and crafts. I'd love a dark room, too.
I'd love to have other buildings like a guest house or shed or barn that has A/C. I could see it being used for music or something that would otherwise be kind of loud in the main house.
I always picture there being a lake or a pond or something like that. And big old trees that are great for climbing.
I'd want some area that could be used as a garden, flower or vegetable depending on what interested the kids at the time.
I like the idea of having animals there, horses or other farm animals but I am not going to take care of them so it'd depend who else was on staff!
Remember, I am in dream land here but it sure is a nice place to be!
I think I'd want it open from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Probably set the hours 8:30 to 3:30. I'd like to have a summer session, too. I'd probably want it closed for at least one month in the summer.
I'd also like it to be open to kids who want to go part time, like maybe some home schoolers who want to attend 2-3 days a week. Or maybe find some other way to open it up to that community.
I'd have it open for ages 5-18 or so. As for involvement from parents, I imagine some parents would be staff. Other parents, you'd just hope they'd allow the school to "be" rather than campaign for change to their vision all the time!