One Step at a Time

Shade Canyon is working to bring tuition-free, Waldorf-inspired education to Lake County in the form of a public charter school. If all goes as planned and with enough grassroots support, we will open our doors in the Fall of 2022.

We believe this enriching approach to education should be an option for all who desire it. We are working with local and state educators and officials to gain charter status and build this independently-operated public school.

Our passion and dedication to bring this enlivening model of education to our community drives our daily rhythms and continues to open up new horizons.

It is a long and mighty road, and we are deeply thankful that our paths have crossed. Please see below to learn more about where we are in the process of building Shade Canyon School and stay tuned for updates!



We believe Lake County is ready for Shade Canyon, a tuition-free, Waldorf-inspired public charter school, and we’re doing all we can to bring it into being.

A charter school is a tuition-free public school of choice that has the freedom to create its own curriculum to meet the needs of the students it serves. To become a charter school, founders must receive authorization from a local school board by submitting a lengthy petition.

We are currently in the petition-writing phase of Step One, which includes researching facilities, developing curriculum, setting up the school’s structure, and demonstrating why Shade Canyon is a beneficial addition to the Kelseyville Unified School District.


Assemble a Founding Team 

Develop School Philosophy, Vision, Mission, and Name

Build Community

Participate in California Charter School Association’s New School Growth Program

Write Petition 

Raise Funds for Tax, Accounting and Legal Assistance throughout School Formation

Gather Signatures for Petition


Submit Petition to Kelseyville Unified School District, Spring of 2021

Wait for Authorization from the KVUSD School Board

Celebrate Authorization!


Establish Any Outside Funding Options 

Hire Teachers and Staff

Enroll Students

Prepare Facilities, Finalize Operational Plan, Meet Compliance Requirements

Welcome Families to the First Day of School at Shade Canyon, Fall of 2022



There are many ways for you to get involved with our work here at Shade Canyon, and we truly appreciate every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our nonprofit organization and strengthen our ability to bring this vision to life.

Please take our 5 – 10 minute  survey to let us know you're interested in sending your child to Shade Canyon or that you are a community member who wants to volunteer your time in a small or large way.

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We want to hear from you!
By taking our 5 – 10 minute survey, we will be better positioned to serve you, and share the great community support with local leaders who will play a key role in approving a tuition-free Waldorf-inspired charter school in our area.

We believe the best way to be successful in our efforts is for the community to play an active role. We are grateful to have the support of local parents, teachers, and farmers. We know how bright and unique our district is and we'd love to learn from you all. Get in touch with any questions about how you can volunteer today.

We are deeply honored to receive your trust and support. All donations go directly towards the area most in need, and every little bit counts. Costs of our current phase include: tax and legal consultation, filing fees for state and federal forms, program fees for California Charter School Association, web domains and hosting, and limited marketing materials. If you donate via PayPal, please consider adding 3% to the amount to cover PayPal charges. Or you can send your donation to us at PO Box 627, Kelseyville, CA 95451.


PO Box 627, Kelseyville, CA 95451

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