American River Charter opened in 2010 for students in kindergarten through 12th grades to serve the community of Garden Valley. The school has small class sizes with an average enrollment of 175 students per year. The school uses a curriculum that is based on project based instruction as well as home schooling and the Waldorf curriculum.
The American River Charter offers new unique programs, which include a site based, and a home school program. The site-based program serves students with a project based thematic instruction. The school works with the whole child, which not only includes academics but also focuses on life skills for character growth as well as reflection, literacy, the arts, and teamwork.
The home school program offers families a wide array of educational options, which includes a few site-based classes. These classes include vocational education, performing arts, visual arts, and science to name a few. With the home school program, teachers provide home visits as well as small group instruction and extra curricular activities.
Parents are very pleased with the choices American River Charter school is providing the community. Many home school parents could not believe all the options the school offers as well as teachers that come to the home to help them with any issues that might arise. The best option for home schoolers is the ability to have extra curricular activities, which is often left out of the curriculum. Students enjoy attending the school where they feel safe with caring and dedicated teachers.
Students did not do very well with the California Standards Tests with all grades and across the core subjects the results were below state average. The Academic Performance Index did not show any growth in academics.
It would be in your best interest to learn more about the results of the testing as well as the curriculum before enrolling your child in the school. For parents wishing to home school, it would also be a good idea to check out the curriculum and see how it measures with the state standards to ensure you are providing your child with the best possible education options.
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American River Charter
5065 Garden Valley Rd.
Garden Valley, CA 95633