GUC’s Alternative School Guide 2021/2022

GUC’s Alternative School Guide 2021/2022

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

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 Ave., Chico
(530) 891-3119

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

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

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 www.corebutte. org for more information.
2871 Notre Dame Blvd

Achieve Charter School
Achieve Charter School serves K-5th grade students in Paradise and K-8th grade students in Chico.
Achieve is committed to supporting the unique needs of each student with personalized learning plans. Our character building small school environment empowers students to be positive contributors to their community.

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!

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 Art

•After School Program offering Makerspace and Homework Club
•Small class sizes for one on one learning
Chico and Forest Ranch’s small school solution since 2008!
15815 Cedar Creek Road,
PO Box 5
Forest Ranch, CA, 95942

Blue Oak Charter School
Your child’s happiness, learning, and future matter to you. And they matter to us, too. With Blue Oak, you can find the education you’ve hoped for and the unique instruction your child deserves. At Blue Oak, your child will experience a complete well-rounded approach to education through the successful implementation of proven Waldorf methodology. Our teachers ensure we are teaching to the whole child: the head, the heart, and the hands. Art is incorporated in every subject at Blue Oak and specialty classes such as Spanish, music, handwork, technology, and movement are offered, too. Blue Oak offers full and half day Kindergarten programs and has CARD after school care on site. Deciding on the right education for your child can be stressful. At Blue Oak, we take each child’s needs, wellbeing, and developmental stage into consideration so you can rest assured they are getting the care and attention they deserve. Call to schedule a tour today!
450 W. East Ave. Chico

Earthbound Skills
Nurture the Nature in your child! Earthbound Skills provides a safe environment for your child to connect with nature. We work with various home-school charters for weekly immersion opportunities and run popular and fun summer camps. Through stories, games, crafts, and hands-on activities we will teach the basics of wilderness survival, create relationships with our local plants, and learn about animals through tracking, all the while increasing your child’s awareness, confidence, proprioceptive skills, teamwork, and more. Our trained naturalist and survivalist instructors nurture children’s innate curiosity and love for nature, inspiring a long-lasting relationship with their natural world.

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