The Civic Educational Association (Społeczne Towarzystwo Oświatowe, STO) is the leader of Polish non-state education. It was founded in 1987, while the oldest STO-run schools have existed since 1989. The Association’s first aim was to promote the idea of education independent of the state monopoly. Now, our main task is to run schools which are creative in every respect, with high level of education and unique atmosphere.