GUC’s Guide to Education Alternatives

GUC’s Guide to Education Alternatives

Butte County Community School LEAD/STEP UP Community School
Butte County Community School now has two programs to serve students in our community. Recognizing that some students are not ready to learn until their emotional and social needs are met, Butte County Community Schools are staffed with professionals who understand, care for the entire child and are qualified to guide these students to success. LEAD, a 7th grade program utilizes individualized academic plans and leverages the student’s interests and passions to ensure each student is successful now and in their future endeavors, whether they be academic or professional. STEP UP Community School (SCS), a TK-5th grade elementary program strives to create a positive nurturing environment upon which a strong academic base is developed.

Visit our website: LEAD – and STEP UP – for more details, or call to schedule a meeting with our principal.
2345 Fair St, Chico

Inspire 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 at or call 530-891-3090.
335 W. Sacramento Ave., Chico

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. We also offer a PSP/ homeschool program through our school.
Contact us at:
(530) 518-4092

Earthbound Skills
Earthbound Skills is a nature observation and awareness outdoor school located in Chico California.
Children at Earthbound Skills learn through a direct experience in nature while building a deeper connection with their surroundings, their peers, and their mentors. We immerse our students in exciting hands-on naturalist studies and survival skills that cultivate connection, confidence and awareness. We offer school year programs as well as spring break and summer day camps. Our Forest Foxes program, designed for ages 4-7, is modeled after Forest Kindergartens, and inspired by our unique curriculum. Our Nature Ninjas is our popular home school program for ages 7-12, and our new Woodland Scouts program is for older kids, ages 10-15.
Please check out our website for more information!

Core 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, pays attention to different learning styles, encourages student driven participation in developing the learning process, provides access to new technologies, varied learning environments, teaches 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 variety of classes including enrichment, remediation, acceleration and core math classes a few hours weekly.
CORE Butte Administrative Offices
260 Cohasset Rd., Ste 130, Chico
530- 809-4152

Oak Bridge Academy
Oak Bridge Academy is a new program within Chico Unified School District. There is no cost to attend. Students have the flexibility to take classes on their own schedule while still enjoying the extracurricular activities offered through Chico Unified. The new Oak Bridge Academy Online Learning community is currently enrolling.
Oak Bridge Academy offers students flexible learning with many additional benefits. Students can enjoy: Independent Study Program, Flexible Hours, Technology & Equipment Availability, Convenient Open Lab Hours, Teacher Interactions, Chico Unified Activities & Programs.
1950 E 20th St, Chico

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.
Call for a school tour!
1071 E. 16th St., Chico

Notre Dame School & Preschool
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 (530) 342-2502 to schedule a tour of the school, or 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.

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