GUC’s Guide to Education Alternatives

GUC’s Guide to Education Alternatives

Blue Oak School
Blue Oak Charter School provides the greater Chico community with a public Waldorf education. We offer our students small class sizes, developmentally based curriculum, and a broad array of specialty subjects including: music, art, handwork, movement and foreign language. Come see how we are engaging and inspiring children in their learning experience! School tours are available on a monthly basis.  Please visit our Facebook page, or school website to learn more about the educational opportunities we provide.
450 W. East Ave
Chico, CA 95926

Chico 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. CCDS offers a technology-rich environment, community atmosphere, and innovative educational experience. CCDS students thrive in an environment where relationships are prioritized and students experience 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 CA 95928

Core Butte Charter School
CORE Butte Charter School
A personalized learning
K-12 Charter School.
CORE pays attention to differences in learning styles, encourages student driven participation in developing the learning process, provides access to new technologies, varied learning environments, and teaches parent development programs, with a vast array of curriculum. CORE has a strong emphasis on parental involvement, smaller class sizes, and more one-to-one teacher and student interaction 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. Students have an opportunity to attend a wide array of classes including enrichment, remediation, acceleration, and core math classes.
CORE Butte Administrative Offices
260 Cohasset Rd., Ste 120
Chico, CA 95926
530- 809-4152

Forest Ranch Charter School
Come “elevate your education” at Forest Ranch Charter School, a free, public K-8 charter school. We are pleasantly located a beautiful 15 minute drive from east Chico, in the small town of Forest Ranch. For your convenience, we provide free busing between our campus and the Calvary Chapel parking lot, as well as the Chico Boys and Girls Club. Our engaging, hands-on academic programs are enhanced with options such as music, drama, outdoor learning, on-site GATE classes, a student-developed science museum, and much more. Visit our website for more details, or call to schedule a tour of our campus.
15815 Cedar Creek Road,
PO Box 5
Forest Ranch, CA, 95942
(530) 891-3154

Hooker Oak Open Structured School
Want your child to experience theater, music, art, and/or 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 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.
Hooker Oak School
1238 Arbutus Avenue, Chico
(530) 891-3119

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.
335 W. Sacramento Ave.
Chico, CA 95926

Notre Dame School
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 K – 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. 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.”
Contact Principal Terri Schwabauer at or (530) 342-2502 to schedule a tour.

Sherwood Montessori
Grades: K-8
160 students
Student Teacher Ratio: 1:12
Uniforms Required: No
Average Class Size: 23
Sherwood Montessori is a free, public, Montessori methods kindergarten-8th grade small school. We provide beautiful classrooms with hands-on Montessori materials and small class sizes. We offer: Spanish language instruction, art, music, cooking and gardening for all ages; Free and reduced federal lunch program; on site, high quality child care before and after school, free for qualifying families.
746 Moss Ave., Chico, CA 95926
(530) 345-6600

Thrive, Homeschool Program
Thrive, Homeschool Program, provides academic and enrichment classes, science labs, nature immersion, and guided exploration learning sessions at the Chico Creek Nature Center and our main campus. Classes range from academically focused, like science and history to enrichment opportunities, such as electronics and guitar. With an extensive list of classes, there is something for everyone. Main campus learning sessions offer a free flowing curriculum that derives from the interests and imaginations of the children, while nature immersion offers a teacher led style class. 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.
Cyndi Pereira, Director

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 the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students.
2414 Cohasset Road, Suite 3
Chico, CA 95926

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