The Piney Woods School and the future of Humanity Institute

“A log, a cedar tree for shade, a sheep-shed for a home, a dream, a vision, a resistless urge.”
“You have come here to seek freedom, not from the kind of slavery your parents endured, but from a slavery of ignorance of mind and awkwardness of body. You have come to educate your head, heart, and your hands.” -- Laurence Clifton Jones
Over a century ago, on a fallen log beneath a giant cedar tree, Laurence Clifton Jones put into motion a dream of freedom through education – and a dream of a world in which all people had an equal opportunity to fulfill their unique potential. In the years since, on a campus that now stretches across nearly 2,000 acres. Dr. Jones’ founding vision has transformed generations of young men and women.
And yet, although today’s students at Piney Woods share similar goals with their predecessors, they also face different challenges. The puzzles of the future – from hemming climate change to harnessing artificial intelligence – are all unsolvable with traditional thinking.

At Piney Woods, we embrace the challenge of reimagining ourselves to prepare young people for that world – the one they will inherit, not the one we remember. We aspire to become not just a great boarding school for young people who seek a different environment in which to learn and grow, but also a global model of 21st-century teaching and learning for every young person, everywhere.
We envision a campus – and a global network – in which all students discover their true power and potential. And we envision the birth of a new instinct at Piney Woods, one that is both grounded in our rich past, and oriented towards the uncertain future into which our students will walk.
This is our path towards that new instinct.
Walk with us.

Our Core Values

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12 Teachers

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50 Courses/Clubs

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109 Years Exp.

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2000 Acres