Tahoe’s Creekside Cooperative establishes new charter

Kalika Baker, Joaquin Gonzales and Lilly Bradley sharing a book during Buddy Reading at Creekside Cooperative School.

Creekside Cooperative Charter School, formerly a learning center of Forest Charter School, will open its doors in the 2009-2010 school year under its own charter, in partnership with the Newcastle Elementary School District.

By securing a district sponsor, Creekside has successfully removed the financial impact of its program on TTUSD, which is currently responsible for providing Forest Charter School with funding for the education of Tahoe-Truckee students who enroll in Forest Charter School’s program.

The Creekside community believes their new charter status provides an opportunity to operate in partnership with TTUSD, serving the educational needs of the Tahoe and Truckee communities without the complication of competition for funding.

In the 2009-2010 school year, Creekside Cooperative Charter School intends to serve kindergarten through sixth grade, with a dedicated kindergarten class of approximately 13 students and three multi-grade classrooms including first/second, third/fourth and fifth/sixth grade classes, each having up to 22 students. As a K-8 charter, Creekside may expand its program in future years to include grades seven and eight as interest allows.

Creekside Cooperative has developed an innovative hybrid model within an independent study format for families seeking options to traditional education in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

In seeking to educate the whole child, Creekside offers classroom core curriculum instruction Monday through Thursday. Enrichment Fridays offer environmental stewardship, nutritional education, gardening, skiing, hands-on science and technology exploration, visual and performing arts and physical education experiences. Monthly family field trips invite students and their families to experience the world outside the classroom.

Creekside’s enrichment program represents a partnership between parents and community volunteers and is supported through donations and fundraising.

Founded on teacher/student/parent partnership, Creekside Cooperative has built a cooperative educational community, celebrating the unique contributions of each individual and promoting the cognitive, imaginative, physical, emotional, social and creative development of all students.

Its goal is to provide high quality education, intended to enhance the joy of and commitment to lifelong learning. Open Enrollment continues through June 4, 2009 with space available in all classes. For grades having greater interest than space available, a public random drawing will take place at 2 p.m. on June 5 at the Creekside administrative office, 2225 W. Lake Boulevard, Building 4, Tahoe City.

Thereafter, requests for admission will be received on a space-available basis. As a California public charter school serving students in Placer, Nevada and El Dorado Counties, Creekside Cooperative does not conduct admission testing or charge tuition.

For more information or to make an appointment to visit the Creekside, please call 581-1036.

Classes for the 2009-2010 school year commence on Aug. 20, 2009.

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