The mission of Redwood Academy is to prepare students for college and independent living in a safe, challenging, and well-managed charter school.
Preparing students for college means that you will have the support to meet the University of California / California State University systems requirements, known as 'a-g' requirements. These are rigorous, world class standards but with help and motivation, every student who attends the Academy can attain these standards. This does not mean that you must have been excelling in school prior to coming to the Academy ~ we are here to help you bridge any gap between your previous education and college. We are also here to help you build on your previous success and challenge you to work toward mastery level in all of your classes.
Preparing for independent living means that you will develop skills in areas that relate to your success after school. In the coming school year, 7th and 8th graders will develop skills related to living in the community while 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders will work to set goals and create plans for their future education. All students will work on specific competencies in regular classes and will participate in school-wide social skill development.
We strive to provide this preparation in a school that is physically and emotionally safe. You are a critical part of ensuring this safety by behaving respectfully toward others. If you see a condition that you think is unsafe or if you feel unsafe for any reason, it is your responsibility to report this immediately to any member of the staff. It is also your responsibility to behave in a way that is safe for yourself and others.
We strive to provide this preparation in a school that is challenging. If work is too hard or too easy, you will be bored. We will work closely with you to determine what level of work is just right. Sometimes you will have to learn things you think are boring or you will have to do work that does not seem meaningful; we hope this will be minimal and that most of the learning will be immediately valuable to you. If you do not feel challenged, let us know.
Finally, we strive to provide a charter school that is well-managed. Charter school laws provide a special opportunity to improve the quality of public education, and we intend to make sure that we live up to the expectation of that opportunity. With your help, our procedures and processes will be efficient, our information will be timely and accurate, and every dollar we spend will be used to help students achieve. We welcome your ideas.