Shasta Charter Academy
Accredited by the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges
Shasta Charter Academy
1401 Gold Street
Redding, California 96001
Ben Claassen, Director
Web Site: http://www.shastacharteracademy.org/
Shasta Union High School District
Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Siskiyou, Lassen, and Plumas
Shasta Charter Academy, formerly known as Secondary Home School (SSHS), a performance-based,
high achievement charter school, offers students in
grades six through twelve the opportunity for powerful,
rigorous, innovative teaching and learning, moving
them toward a high school diploma and preparing them
for employment or continued education.
The school offers
programs in the basics of reading, writing, and math,
and moves students into the 21st century preparing
them for a technology-rich world of work and citizenship
in micro and macro communities.
Shasta Charter Academy uses a personalized learning
model of education. In personalized learning, a certificated
teacher works with a student and parents to develop
an individualized curriculum drawing from a palette
of varied instructional modalities.
include individual classes at comprehensive high school
campuses in our district; courses at the local community
college; our brand of independent study, which includes
a heavy emphasis on parent/tutor/family involvement;
and community activity, which may include organizations
like the local swim team, Girl Scouts, or the Redding
The Shasta Charter Academy student community participates
in various onsite learning opportunities, including
math, science, and computer labs, tutoring, journalism,
an astronomy mini-course, and photography and art classes.
In addition, Shasta Charter Academy students
participate in sports, music, and drama groups associated
with the comprehensive high schools in our district.
Our students' individualized curricula
are directed by California State Content Standards
and supervised by certificated teachers.
achieve their goals using a multitude of new, powerful,
and proven educational models.
support their child's learning as they remain the essential
force in affecting values, attitudes, and beliefs.
are facilitators of discovery, mentoring and consulting
with families regarding home-based classes, community
centered education, distance learning, and traditional
school models where appropriate.
As students, parents, and facilitators develop Personalized
Student Learning plans, each student will be allowed
and encouraged to reach their goals by use of modalities
specific to his or her learning style while insuring
As learners move about the environment of Shasta Charter Academy they would see authentic education taking place
in many different venues.
One student might be taking
a physics class at the comprehensive high school because
of a particular teacher's use of group work in interesting
and engaging labs.
During the same semester that student
could be seen working on their own, or with a parent
on U.S. History using the Shasta Charter Academy Distance Learning Center
on campus or at home. And still, this same student
could be taking harp lessons from a community instructor
and play in the Shasta Symphony.
If this student's
parent, for example, is a forester, the student could
put together a video presentation on a local co-system
and present it to Junior High students. The student
could also be working on writing skills with a facilitator
or taking a math class at Shasta College.
All of this purposefully and articulately moves students
toward achievement of individual goals which require
careful planning (Student Learning Plan) of student
outcomes and assessments.