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Forest Charter School
"Nurturing the Love of Learning Through Parental Choice"


Please visit Forest Charter School's website here:
http://www.forestcharter.com

Personalized Learning Profile

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Administrative Headquarters
Forest Charter School
470 Searls Ave.
Nevada City, CA. 95959

Contact Information
Peter Sagebiel, Executive Director
Phone: 530-265-4823
Fax: 530-265-5037

Communities Served
Forest Charter School serves K-12 students who reside in Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Yuba counties.

District Sponsor
Forest Charter School is sponsored by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools


Program Overview

History
On August 26, 2002 the Forest Charter School opened to students grades K-12 sponsored by the Twin Ridges Elementary School District.

In July 2007, Forest Charter School transitioned from district sponsorship to Nevada County Superintendent of Schools sponsorship, joining 4 other charter schools in the first charter cooperative in the state of California to be sponsored by a county office of education. This new Nevada County Charter Cooperative (NCCC)  is 5 charter schools of different educational philosophies, efficiently sharing business services under the county and Special Education services as a cooperative.

Our Mission
Forest Charter School (FCS) is committed to nurturing the love of learning in all students through parental choice in education. By cultivating a staff of dedicated personnel, Forest Charter School pledges an ongoing and expansive environment of educational excellence. The cornerstone of our Personalized Learning Program is positive collaboration on the part of students, parents and professional educators. The ultimate mission of Forest Charter School is to honor the student's individual learning style through parental options in the selection and implementation of effective curriculum to prepare him/her for success in the 21st century.

Education Vision

Parents who enroll their students in Forest Charter School accept primary responsibility for their student's education. Our program will provide students and their families with educational options and an assigned Education Specialist, who is a California credentialed teacher.

Our vision is to nurture the unique gifts of each child, and to encourage their expression of these gifts through these individualized programs. The cornerstone of our Personalized Learning Program is positive collaboration on the part of participating students, parents, and professional educators. The ultimate mission of Forest Charter School is to honor the student's individual learning style through parental options in the selection and implementation of effective curriculum to prepare him/her for success in the 21st Century.

FCS is a K-12 accredited school that offers the following choices of educational delivery overseen by highly qualified California credentialed education specialists:

  • Individualized programs
  • Home schooling support
  • Cooperative classes
  • Small group instruction through block classes
  • Tutoring
  • On-line courses
  • The High School IDEA Academy
  • ROP and Work Experience Education
  • Community college opportunities
  • College and career advisors
  • Field studies and virtual field trips (new!)


Role of the Education Specialist

Each family and student is assigned an Education Specialist. These Education Specialists (ES's) are hired based upon possession of a California Teaching Credential and their enthusiasm for a new paradigm in educating children focused on their unique strengths and needs. They are experienced in traditional and charter school education.

The primary responsibility of the Education Specialist is to support the student and parent as they work towards meeting set goals.

Other responsibilities include:

• Advising students and parents of learning options
• Documentation of Learning
• Evaluating progress
• Communicating information
• Career Counseling

The goal of this relationship is to meet the educational needs of each student on an individual basis. The parent and ES will decide which educational approach will be used.

A variety of options are available including:

• Textbooks
• Computer Programs
• Thematic Projects
• Hands on Experiences
• Field Studies
• Tutoring or Group Classes

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