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GV Charter hopes to expand to high schoolers

Hoping to extend its hands-on programs to older students, Grass Valley Charter School is making a presentation to the high school district board today.

Representatives from the charter will share their “expeditionary learning” model at the district board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Park Avenue Alternative Education Site, 140 Park Avenue, Grass Valley.

“There was a whole group of parents who wanted to continue (the model) for their children,” said Principal Brian Martinez of Grass Valley Charter School, which currently enrolls 328 students in preschool through eighth grade.

Expeditionary learning divides curriculum into themed units called “expeditions.” This year’s eighth graders, for example, are working through an ocean-themed unit called “That’s Deep.” Their academic program includes a field trips to the ocean, ecology research and discussions about mankind’s responsibilities for caring for the ocean.

Other classes that fall outside the theme, such as mathematics, also are included.

Standardized test scores from the school are among the highest in Nevada County.

“It’s very standards-based,” Martinez said. Under the expeditionary model, “students want to learn and gain a deeper understanding.”

School staff hopes to present a charter agreement to the board soon, and if the district approves the project, they would start offering 9th- and 10th-grade classes next fall.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.

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