FOUNDING A SCHOOL
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. We plan to open our doors in September 2022.
We believe this enriching approach to education should be an option for all who desire it. We are working 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!
WHAT WE'RE UP TO
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 submitted the Shade Canyon School charter petition to Kelseyville Unified School District on May 21, 2021. The KVUSD Board will hold a public hearing at 6 pm on July 20 and vote on whether to authorize Shade Canyon on August 17.
STEPS TO BECOMING A CHARTER SCHOOL
Write letters of support to KVUSD Board Trustees
Attend July 20 Public Hearing at KVUSD Board Meeting
Establish Any Outside Funding Options
Hire Teachers and Staff
Prepare Facilities, Finalize Operational Plan, Meet Compliance Requirements
Welcome Families to the First Day of School at Shade Canyon, September 2022
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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.
TAKE OUR SURVEY
We want to hear from you!
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.
WRITE OR SIGN A LETTER
Please join us in showing the Kelseyville School District Board how much our community wants Shade Canyon School to be authorized. Using our handy guides, sending an email or signing our business letter should only take you a few minutes, and it can make a world of difference.
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. 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.
LETTERS TO THE KVUSD BOARD
PARENT EMAIL GUIDE
For all interested parents: Copy, paste, fill in the blanks, and send. Thank you for sharing your wishes with the KVUSD Board.
COMMUNITY SUPPORTER EMAIL GUIDE
For all community supporters: Copy, paste, fill in the blanks, and send. Thank you for sharing your wishes with the KVUSD Board.
BUSINESSPERSON ONLINE SIGNATURE
For Lake County businesspeople: we invite you to sign this letter that outlines the economic benefits Shade Canyon School would bring to our community. We'll submit your signatures to the KVUSD Board shortly before our July 20 Public Hearing.