Growing Up Chico’s Alternative School Guide

Growing Up Chico’s Alternative School Guide

Blue Oak Charter School
At Blue Oak, our first priority is to provide an education that excites and interests the students. Our Waldorf-inspired/Common Core-based curriculum helps develop a lifelong love of learning and prepares each child for active & ethical citizenship, critical thinking, self-awareness, creative imagination, & social responsibility.
Science and Social Studies are interconnected with English, Math, Art, Music, and movement through storytelling. Kindergarten is play-based while the other classes loop, staying together with their teacher for 1st through 8th grade. This increases the teacher’s understanding of each student’s needs and builds the strength of relationships that last into high school and beyond. Specialty subjects include Spanish, Music, Handwork, Technology, and Games. Monthly tours are offered. See the beauty only a Waldorf-inspired education can provide.

450 W. East Avenue

CORE Butte Charter School
CORE Butte Charter School is a public personalized learning K-12 School. CORE places a strong emphasis on parental involvement, smaller class sizes, and one-to-one teacher/student interaction. We pay attention to students’ different learning styles and encourage student-driven participation in the learning process. We provide access to varied learning environments and a vast array of curriculum. We offer a wide variety of classes including enrichment, remediation, acceleration and math classes weekly. As a hybrid model, CORE’s High School students have the opportunity to attend classes 2-3 days a week and complete the remainder of their curriculum as independent study. We will conduct a random public drawing on Thursday, February 18th, for available spots in our TK-8 and High School programs for the 21-22 school year. Please visit for more information.

2871 Notre Dame Blvd

Forest Ranch Charter School
Elevate your child’s education at Forest Ranch Charter School! We are a free, public TK-8 charter, just a 15-minute drive from Chico, in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. For your convenience, we provide FREE busing to and from Chico, every morning and afternoon. We offer:
High Academic Standards
Positive Social/Emotional Development
GATE classes, project-based learning, travel study trips
Electives including Outdoor Ed, Dance, Student Leadership, Visual & Performing Arts
After School Program offering Makerspace and Homework Club
Small class sizes for one on one learning
Caring about you, your children, and your family since 2008!

15815 Cedar Creek Road,
PO Box 5
Forest Ranch, CA, 95942

Hooker Oak Elementary School Hooker Oak Elementary School is a tuition-free, TK-5th grade public school that embraces a hands-on, thematic learning approach. Our thematic style promotes engaging, meaningful, and real-world contexts for standards-based teaching/learning across the curriculum. Classes spend time exploring fine arts, performances, choir, gardening, service projects, and go on several field trips throughout the year.

At Hooker Oak, families, teachers, and community join as partners to foster creative, confident and lifelong learners.

1238 Arbutus Avenue

Hope Academy
At Hope Academy, we recognize every child is uniquely created by God, and we address learning differences through personalized education. Our K-8 non-denominational Christian school program includes highly qualified credentialed teachers, small class sizes, and enrichment courses in the arts. Contact us at or call 530-518-4092 to schedule a tour!

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is a tuition-free, public charter high school for students and families who think and learn outside of the box. We offer twelve majors for students wishing to hone skills in fields such as theatre, dance, engineering, humanities, and digital arts, as well as a range of electives that allow students to explore their passions and interests. Our approach to learning challenges young people to aim for excellence. Our small-school environment and expert staff provide the support and encouragement to find success. This is learning, Inspired. Visit to learn more.

335 W. Sacramento Avenue

Oak Bridge Academy
Oak Bridge Academy is a FREE K-12 online independent study program. We offer college prep courses, flexible online learning, and options for accelerated coursework. In addition, Oak Bridge Academy offers hybrid programs and is the only online learning academy that provides students with an opportunity to participate in clubs and sports at their Chico Unified School District neighborhood school. Experience the flexibility of online learning while still being a part of the Chico Unified school site community! Enroll today.

1950 East 20th Street

Sherwood 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.

1010 Cleveland Avenue

Thrive is open to kids After School and Homeschoolers, grades TK-12th. During these difficult times, kid’s need socialization, friends, and play more than ever! We offer hands-on STEAM *Science *Technology *Engineering *Art and *Math in a fun, engaging, child-centered environment. Small groups and kind, caring adults lead Wee Thrive (TK-1st), STEAM Play (K-6th), Project-Based Learning (ages 10-13), and Teen STEAM (ages 13-17). We love smiles!

Groups available:
M/W or T/Th
9am to 1:30pm ($300 per month)
2:30 to 5:30pm ($200 per month)

1361 Hawthorne Avenue

Wildflower Open Classroom
Grade: K-8
160 Students
Student-Teacher Ratio: 22:1
Average Class Size: 22
Our mission is to enable students to flourish through the use of innovative curriculum and instruction that empowers them to reach their innate intellectual, creative, and leadership potentials. We endeavor to educate the “whole child” by addressing our students’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs.

2414 Cohasset Road, Suite 3

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