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Charter students find a home

Renee Shadforth

There’s a wish list in the corner of Forest Charter School’s modest 55-square-foot classroom. On the list, students have asked for computers, Internet access and a small refrigerator.

Although Forest Charter School’s new home is unassuming, it’s a new beginning for the students, most of whom are former students of the defunct Prosser Creek Charter School.

“It’s a lot easier to have a site,” said student Rose Munday. “We know it’s going to be here.”

Forest Charter School is a personalized learning program that combines independent study (or in-home education) with enrichment and classroom-based supplemental learning with an education specialist.

The new location hosts classes and study hall for high school students, enrichment activities for younger students and a resource library.

“Physically, it will serve as a permanent hub,” said administrative coordinator Steve Canavero.

The new center will also provide an opportunity for the independent study students to be in a social environment with their peers, Canavero added.

Student Jason Smith agreed.

“It’s a lot easier to do the work (in a classroom),” he said. “You can talk to people and it’s a lot more fun.”

The charter school rented space on a week-to-week lease in the Truckee Pines Apartments common area before Canavero and the families were able to secure a more permanent location in Truckee.

Most of Forest Charter School’s families (approximately 70 children) are Prosser Creek Charter School transplants. Prosser Creek was shut down by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District shortly before the first day of school, and parents had to find education options for their children quickly.

Many of the Truckee Forest Charter School students had never been in a personalized learning environment.

To ease the transition, Forest Charter School – a Grass Valley-based program in the Twin Ridges Charter School District – has provided classes for first-time personalized learning families in Truckee. It is not a traditional, Monday-through-Friday “drop-off” program.

Elementary and middle school offerings include art, math, drama, science and language arts. High school-level classes include algebra, biology, Spanish, language arts lab, chemistry and math lab.

For more information on Forest Charter School in Truckee, call Steve Canavero at 550-7283.


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