Forest Charter School
by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Forest Charter School
470 Searls Ave.
Nevada City, CA. 95959
Peter Sagebiel, Executive Director
Forest Charter School serves K-12 students who reside
in Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Yuba counties.
Forest Charter School is sponsored by the Nevada County
Superintendent of Schools
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.
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.
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:
Home schooling support
Small group instruction through block classes
The High School IDEA Academy
ROP and Work Experience Education
Community college opportunities
College and career advisors
Field studies and virtual field trips (new!)
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
The primary responsibility of the Education Specialist
is to support the student and parent as they work towards
meeting set goals.
• Advising students
and parents of learning options
• Documentation of
• 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
• Computer Programs
• Thematic Projects
• Hands on Experiences
• Field Studies
• Tutoring or Group