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Academic Program

Personalized Education
Plumas Charter is a K-12, personalized learning school. This means that curriculum, instruction, organization, and pacing are customized to fit each student in each subject area. The student’s interests, goals, strengths, weaknesses, optimum learning style, and personality are all taken into consideration when student, family and teacher meet to plan the course of study. Plumas Charter also offers a school-within-a-school for families seeking an academically rigorous secondary school experience (grades 7-12). Follow this link to learn more about INDIAN VALLEY ACADEMY.

PCS offers a variety of curriculum and instruction: a selection of state-approved textbooks; classes; tutoring; online courses; literature and original sources; and customized combinations of the above. A careful selection is made for each student and fine-tuned, if need be, as the year progresses.

Plumas Charter School’s entire academic program is accredited by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Because PCS is a California public school, our curriculum is built upon the California Content Standards. These standards are published online at the California Department of Education website, http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/, under Content Standards (K-12). We encourage parents to familiarize themselves with the standards in order to gain insight into their students’ educational path.

High School
Earning a Plumas Charter School diploma requires the accumulation of 220 units. In order to graduate from PCS, a student must fulfill the California Mandated Requirements for High School Graduation and pass both parts of the California High School Exit Examination, or CAHSEE. Students who have completed all PCS graduation requirements but have not passed both parts of the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, will be issued a Certificate of Completion; if they choose, they may continue enrollment at PCS to receive assistance in mastering the skills measured by the exam and may continue to take the CAHSEE for up to two years. Plumas Charter School is accredited, K-12, by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and PCS transcripts bear the WASC accreditation seal.

Parent Involvement
Plumas Charter School has a staff of outstanding California credentialed teachers, but we consider parental support and involvement to be an important component of student success. We encourage parents to take an active role in their children’s education, and we welcome parent questions and requests for clarification of their child’s academic program. We will also provide training to interested parents. Parents are not expected to be experts—a willingness to be involved is what is most important to your child. There are many ways to be involved and show your support, and PCS will help you to find the best way to be part of this exciting process.

STAR Testing
All California public schools, including charter schools, are required to administer standardized tests. The State of California ties our funding and the renewal of our charter to the participation of our students in the annual STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) tests. For this reason, all Plumas Charter School students agree, when signing their Master Agreements, that they will take the tests in the spring (except students in grades K,1,2 and 12, who are not tested). We make every attempt to ensure that testing days are relaxed and positive times when students can make new friends and enjoy a change of routine. Most importantly, PCS works to make sure that students are given ample opportunity to acquire the skills and become familiar with the concepts on which they will be tested. Students who understand the material on the tests tend to feel proud and successful rather than anxious or frustrated. Your teacher will be glad to explain the testing frameworks for your child’s grade level, so that you will have the entire first three quarters of the school year to introduce and work on those topics—and to seek assistance on any topic with which your student experiences difficulty.