Alternative Education Guide

Alternative Education Guide

Achieve_Logo_final 5Achieve Charter High School
Achieve Charter High, a tuition-free public school, opens in August 2018, with its first class of 120 incoming ninth graders from throughout the area. ACHS builds upon the proven success of Achieve Charter School, which has some of the highest test scores in the region.
ACHS will educate students to be both college-and career-ready with an emphasis on personalized learning, ongoing evaluation of progress toward student goals, as well as choices in applied technology or entrepreneur pathways. Attending Advisory class with the same teacher for four years, in this small school environment, ensures students will be known and supported as they prepare for their futures beyond high school.
771 Elliott Road, Paradise

ccds-color new logoChico Country Day School (CCDS)
Chico Country Day School is a tuition-free K-8 grade, public charter school that provides a safe, joyful community where all learners are inspired to achieve their personal best. Our purpose is to educate students toward becoming engaged and thriving learners. CCDS students participate in an environment where relationships are prioritized and students practice voice and choice in their learning. Meaningful, purposeful, joyful, beautiful work: that’s what a CCDS education is all about!
102 W 11th St., Chico


CORE Butte with Apple and effectsCORE Butte Charter School
CORE Butte Charter School is a personalized learning, K-12 Charter School. CORE has a strong emphasis on parental involvement, smaller class sizes, more one-to-one teacher and student interaction, and attention to differences in learning styles. CORE  encourages student driven participation in developing the learning process, and provides access to new technologies, varied learning environments, parent development programs, and a vast array of curriculum. As a hybrid model, CORE’s High School students have the opportunity to attend a “University Model” program where they can attend classes two or three days a week, and complete the remainder of their curriculum as independent study, with an opportunity for our students to attend a wide array of classes including enrichment, remediation, acceleration and core math classes a few hours weekly.
260 Cohasset Rd., Ste 130, Chico

FRCS_logo_foxForest Ranch Charter School
Forest Ranch Charter School is a K-8 small school solution for Chico families that strikes a balance between high academic expectations and positive social/emotional development. We use a multidisciplinary approach in an environment that supports differentiated learning, mindfulness, and student leadership.
Free Bus to and from Chico
Technology rich STEM school, offering 1:1 chrome books for 3-8th grade students
GATE classes, project based learning, and field study trips
Elective Choices, including: Outdoor Ed, Cross Country, Dance, and Visual and Performing Arts
After School Program, offering Makerspace, Sports, and Homework Club
We have limited space available so take the scenic 15 minute drive up the hill, and visit Forest Ranch Charter School today. We look forward to meeting you!
15815 Cedar Creek Road,
PO Box 5, Forest Ranch

PrintHooker Oak School
Want your child to experience theater, music, art, and technology? These are just some of the many attributes of Hooker Oak School, a K-5th tuition-free, public alternative school. Other reasons to check out Hooker Oak include, but are not limited to: hands-on, thematic teaching, a Fine Arts program, community service projects, and a high ranking in CA Common Core Standards. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the school – either in the classrooms, school projects, or for one of our incredible events – adding to the strong school community. For a schedule of school tours, please call (530) 891-3119, or come to an event (Carnival is on June 1st from 4pm-7pm at Hooker Oak).
1238 Arbutus Avenue, Chico

inspireInspire School of Arts & Sciences
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is a public charter high school with a focus on performing and visual arts, science, and engineering. Inspire offers a comprehensive college-prep program, including Honors and Advanced Placement courses, 12 program majors, and CTE pathways series. The academic schedule is designed around an A/B block schedule, allowing students 8 course schedules for greater flexibility and depth. Elective choices include: dance, music, theater, studio art, ceramics, sciences, audio production, robotics, computer-aided design, and electronics. For more information or to apply, please visit our website or give us a call.
335 W. Sacramento Ave.Chico

notredameNotre Dame School
With a tradition of teaching that dates back to the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1928, Notre Dame School in Chico (NDS), develops spiritual, academic, respectful, responsible, and confident young people that are ready to face life’s biggest challenges head on.  NDS offers Transitional Kindergarten (4-5 year olds) and Kindergarten – 8th Grade.  All NDS Students are taught computer skills through our integrated technology curriculum and extensive iPad program.  Music, drama and formalized art instruction have always been a part of Notre Dame School’s heritage.  A wide range of electives are offered to our students at the junior high level.  Weekly Mass attendance offers spiritual nourishment and the opportunity for students to participate in public speaking, music, and mentoring between older and younger students.  NDS parents appreciate “the core values, the relationships between teachers, parents and students and the high standard of education.”
Notre Dame also recently opened a preschool, serving children from 30 months to five years, at a new downtown location! Contact Principal, Terri Schwabauer, at or call (530) 342-2502 to schedule a tour of the school. Call Preschool Director, Shelly Brown, at (530) 487-7730 to visit the Preschool.  Current and past parents are also available to talk and meet with prospective parents.
435 Hazel St., Chico

Sherwood LogoSherwood Montessori
Every child is a unique person with her or his own interests, skills, abilities, and personality. The Montessori approach facilitates individualized instruction with multi-age groupings in an environment that naturally fosters a love for learning. Sherwood Montessori is a tuition free charter school with beautiful classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, and on site, high quality child care before and after school. Our transitional kindergarten/kindergarten offers a shorter day or full day option for families. We are committed to educating the whole child: intellectually, physically, and psychologically. Call for a school tour!
1071 E. 16th St., Chico

Thrive Homeschool Program LogoThrive, Homeschool Program
Thrive Homeschool Program provides academic and enrichment classes, as well as: Self-Directed, Nature Immersion, Waldorf and Montessori Inspired, Project Based Learning sessions. Classes range from academically focused, like science and history, to enrichment opportunities, such as dance and drumming. With an extensive list of classes, there is something for everyone. Our most popular, Self-Directed Learning sessions offer a free flowing curriculum that derives from the interests and imaginations of the children, while the other programs offer a more teacher led style with lots of room for fun, creative, hands-on learning. All include a mix of science, art, math, music, language, socialization, and so much more. Thrive is a wonderful place for making friends, learning new skills, and creative expression. Thrive is the perfect addition to any homeschooling schedule.
Cyndi Pereira, Director
746 Moss Ave., Chico

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