In the fall of 1970, a group of Williamsport parents organized a study group to discuss open classroom education. They wanted to provide a school for their children in which self-motivation and freedom of choice were emphasized, a school in which children would acquire skills at their own rates while being encouraged to work at their full capacity via methods best suited to their individual needs, a school in which parents would be actively involved in their children's education. The group evolved into the West Branch School Association.
The school as it exists today is the result of the contributions of literally hundreds of people. The building and its fixtures are the products of the labor, love, and donations of parents and friends. The methods of teaching consist of traditions evolved over the years, along with innovations introduced by each new person who has been hired to teach. The world has changed and so has the school. That the school continues to exist and to have so many people who really believe in it testifies to the fact that the basic ideas upon which the school was founded are still important. The basic philosophical threads that continue to drive our school are presented in the West Branch School Handbook.