Organizational Structure

Sussex families at Flathead Lake

Sussex School is a parent cooperative in which parents of enrolled students contribute at least 60 hours per year, providing crucial assistance in the classroom, on field trips, on the grounds, and in virtually all areas of school operations. Parents constitute the Sussex School Corporation and participate democratically in decision-making and daily activities. Sussex School is governed by a Board of Directors elected by parents, which sets institutional policy, oversees committees that carry out the school’s goals and procedures, and works with the Director to make decisions in the best interests of the school.

The school board is made up of current parents, a community liaison, an alumnus or alumna of Sussex, and two student representatives. At Sussex, we value the input of students and encourage them to influence decisions at our school.

The Board’s authority is balanced by he broader parent membership and our student community both of which we value immensely. Once the Board makes a decision, it is the Administrative Team’s responsibility, working closely with students, staff, and parents, to ensure that Board policies and decisions are carried out in an effective and open manner.


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"Sussex’s promotion and encouragement of each child’s self esteem and unique abilities contributed to the success of our granddaughter (Baylee ’11) and our grandson, Blake, who is currently enrolled at Sussex. Experiential learning in small classes led by caring and qualified staff make the difference."

– John and Sherene Menson, grandparents