La Grande Ourse is a non-profit associative organization. It is settled in a "canton" (state) that doesn't acknowledge nor subsidize non-state schooling. Therefore, it is completely autonomous.
It is considered by the authorities of the canton as a private school, but it claims a status of "public free school".
It is affiliated to:
Swiss Federation of Private Schools (SFPS),
Association Neuchâteloise des Ecoles Privées (ANEP) website only in French,
and to the Swiss Association of Free Schools (VFSS/ASEN) website only in German
Vereinigung Freier Schulen der Schweiz/Association Suisse des Ecoles Nouvelles.
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