Prospective Students & Parents:
“Coast Redwood High School is for students with unique Interests and challenges in their lives who still want a
rigorous high school education, but the traditional school schedule does not allow them to pursue or tend to these outside
opportunities or challenges."
What are unique opportunities & challenges'?
All students are unique, but that is very true at Coast Redwood. All Coast Redwood students have something else going on in their lives.
Some have unique talents (dancing, athletics, academic pursuits, learning style, professional interests, etc.) and some have unique challenges (physical, emotional, family trauma, work, etc.) The common thread with all of our students is that the traditional school schedule (5 days/week for 7 hrs/day) prevents them from pursuing these opportunities and help for their challenges.
This program gives parents the responsibility to directly supervise instruction, with professional guidance from a credentialed supervising and guidance teacher. The program is designed by and for homeschool families, with teacher consultants who are knowledgeable and supportive of home-based learning, state frameworks, and school district curriculum guidelines.
For those students who have demonstrated the pre-requisite skills to be successful in the independent study model,
Coast Redwood High School is an option worth considering.
What are the 'pre-requisite skills necessary to be successful in I.S.?
Given the limited onsite weekly instructional time (about 6 hours/week vs. 35 hours/week at traditional high schools),
a) students need to have literacy skills and beginning levels of technology skills,
b) intrinsic motivation,
c) self-discipline & time management skills,
d) truly want to be here (not just the parents),
e) an authentic love of learning,
f) understand the Independent Study model of (a-g and non-a-g courses) require weekly pacing, weekly assignment due dates and meeting with
g) understand the onsite (a-g and non-a-g courses) is our college model that requires weekly pacing with rigor, weekly assignments, due dates and once a month meeting with teachers.
h) parent involvement is critical as parents take the role of Learning Coach at home,
i) The successful student yearns to independently learn and participate in a pathway learning experience such as in the sciences or Humanities.
Coast Redwood is structured to be 'unstructured' so students have time to pursue their extra-curricular's. Our students are independent learners responsible for all aspects of their education with teachers & staff serving more as a mentor and colleague. Students do not have to be avid readers and writers but need basic skills given the amount of reading and writing done outside of class time. Thus, our graduates generally report having excellent literacy skills compared to their peers in college.
Speaking of college, will my child be competitive for colleges as a graduate of Coast Redwood High School?
Yes. Our students are admitted into the same colleges and universities as our District graduates. Coast Redwood has the same SLVUSD graduation requirements and our courses have similar or the exact same 'Course of Study' and rigor. CRHS is WASC accredited. Coast Redwood students are learning and achieving the same as fellow District students, but with a 'college-model' schedule that provides evidence of their ability to be successful in college. Further, our flexible schedule allows students to pursue extra-curricular(s), and Cabrillo College courses that other students cannot. Coast Redwood graduates have the advantage of writing a unique and powerful Memoirs and an Exit Portfolio that include a 'Personal Essay' for their college applications describing their unique and rigorous high school experience.
How do classes work at Coast Redwood?
Students may elect to sign-up for an onsite class that fits their schedule and they meet once to twice a week in a small group classroom setting. Or, students may elect to enroll in our online courses and pace themselves by following the course assignments in Schoology. All students are responsible for meeting with their Supervising Teachers a minimum of once a month to turn in all (IS) assignments and discuss progress strategies.
What classes does Coast Redwood offer?
We offer all the graduation requirements, but can only offer some electives given our small size. Any course that we don't offer, a student may take through 'home school' or at the community college or SLV High School, if scheduling allows. In order to be considered a full-time Coast Redwood student, all students must be enrolled in at least 4 academic courses, per Board policy.
Here are the typical course loads by grade level:
Freshmen: English, PE 1, science, math course. Additional courses may include: Foreign Language, or (1-2) electives at home school
Sophomores: English, World History, PE 2, science, math course. Additional courses may include: Foreign Language, or electives at homeschool
Juniors: English, science, math course, US History or history elective. Additional courses may include: (2) electives at home school
Seniors: English, OR AP Literature, Econ/Gov't. Additional courses may include: (2) electives at home school
What supports does SLVUSD Charter provide?
Students with IEP's and 504 plans carry them to Coast Redwood. A case manager is assigned to the student and assist the student in meeting their goals with the parent through home school. Students who struggle with time management and organization are recommended to start with homeschool to determine how successful they are in completing assignments independently.
What is the process to becoming a Coast Redwood student?
First, discuss this possibility with your family about the above and then contact your current school counselor to discuss whether Coast Redwood will be a good academic fit worth pursuing. If so, the counselor will notify a teacher at Coast Redwood with a referral.
Parent and student will meet with a teacher to further answer questions about Coast Redwood. Parent and student will fill out an enrollment packet as well as an application. Attached to the application are directions for the student to type a (1 page describing why they are interested in Coast Redwood HS and how their skill and personality will thrive in Coast Redwood’s one of a kind environment) and submit to our Registrar’s Office. After review, the Registrar Office will contact you to schedule an Intake appointment with a Supervising Teacher to consider enrollment.
**Students with IEP's must start the process by thoroughly discussing Coast Redwood High School with their Case Manager.
Student and Parent Pre-Course Enrollment Requirement in Schoology
Once the student and parent completed the application and enrollment forms, returned those to the CRHS Registrar, and prior to beginning onsite courses or Independent Study courses, both student and parent will be enrolled in our two-week High School Introduction course in Schoology.
In this course, both student and parent will be tutored in all aspects of Coast Redwood High School Independent Study/Homeschool for maximum student success. Parent and student will need computer access to complete the pre-requisite for CRHS course enrollment.
What if I need additional information outside of the above and below? Contact your current counselor to learn more, and make an appointment with a Coast Redwood HS teacher, review the CRHS website, contact a current CRHS student or graduate, and attend the Charter Information Night and Open House events. Unfortunately, we are not always able to offer formal school visits or phone calls due to the volume of requests outside of the formal referral process outlined above. We make every attempt to reach out to all inquiries.
Another difference is that the teachers at Coast Redwood High School are not like classroom teachers. While all of them are credentialed and have taught in the classroom at one time, the Coast Redwood teachers’ role is to evaluate what the students are learning INDEPENDENTLY, to encourage the students always to stretch beyond their immediate grasp, and to assign material that will allow the students continually to expand their skills. Coast Redwood teachers are referred to as a student’s Supervising and Guidance Teacher.
Students meet with their onsite subjects’ teacher for two to four hours per week for certain advanced level courses and other electives. The supervising teacher oversees their assigned students’ semester’s master agreement and coordinates with the teachers of core subjects.
The monthly appointments or weekly hybrid classes are very important to the independent study method of instruction. Teachers use this time to evaluate student progress. Students enrolled in onsite (a-g) courses are expected to adhere to the course syllabus, expectations, and pace.
Students who need a slower pace, are experiencing unique life situations, learning styles that require a slower pace, or simply have not developed a time management system yet, are directed to follow the independent study model. Students with IEP’s/504’s will be assisted and supported by a resource teacher.
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