We pursue our values and mission through the integration of Academic Excellence, Creative Self-Expression, and Positive Character Development. These principles permeate all we do and bring depth, meaning, and enthusiasm to learning at CRHS.

Academic Excellence

We offer a balanced academic program that is developmentally appropriate and prepares students to become life-long learners. With the understanding that children learn best by doing, CRHS builds student independence by providing opportunities and challenges that develop initiative and discipline, preparing students for college and beyond.

Our multi-faceted curriculum engages students through:

  • Cognitive learning - critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills; scientific and mathematical investigation; research and problem solving

  • Experiential learning- outdoor education; performances; science life labs; community service projects; personal interviews; memoirs and senior exit portfolio

  • Reflective learning - self-inquiry; journaling; dialogue; presentations; collective problem solving; creative projects, and project-based learning projects

These processes encourage curiosity and help students develop a personal commitment to learning. We want our students to know that trial and error and mistakes are essential to growth and new understanding.

Creative Self-Expression

Creative self-expression is part of all academic coursework. We integrate creative arts and academics with the belief that they are mutually reinforcing. This allows students to discover new gifts and talents and overcome self-perceived limitations.

All students may study acting, voice, dance, art, creative writing, and participate in the Charter Performing Arts productions and the SLV Performing Arts productions. Our Charter productions demonstrate and encourage the collaborative process. Here, individual effort and a willingness to contribute to the greater whole results in an inspiring and fulfilling experience. Performance builds self-confidence, and collaboration prepares students for effective working relationships well beyond their school years.

Positive Character Development

We recognize that each student’s character is influenced at school by the interaction of the explicit and implicit curriculum. The explicit curriculum is found in the choice of content, activities, and materials that shape our program. The implicit curriculum is expressed in our school culture through relationships, teacher modeling, socio-emotional exercises, and classroom practices. These dynamic processes create a context that promotes learning and positive character development.

We encourage relationships that build trust and safety between teacher and student, peer to peer, and all members of our school community. We focus on learning that brings forth thinking and discussions of ethical relevance. We strive to create opportunities for students to engage in open and honest communication. We work closely with families to encourage a thoughtful exchange of ideas around the many issues that confront youth in our modern society.

We create opportunities for older students to mentor and care for younger students through school-wide activities including theater productions, buddy programs, and athletic events through SLVHS. We teach and model responsible citizenship through community service projects, civic participation, and environmental stewardship through our Environmental Horticulture pathway.

Our faculty and families are dedicated to values such as empathy, honesty, forgiveness, respect, cooperation, generosity, and kindness. We work together as a community to take responsibility, to practice self-reliance, exercise leadership, and integrity, and to assist and care for one another.


My son started Coast Redwood HS this past year. We love it! My son is very smart but was doing horribly in a traditional high school environment. He struggled with the social status and with the homework load and lack of teacher participation. 

In a comprehensive high school teachers are overloaded and students and parents are much on their own. With my son being super shy and afraid to speak up or ask when needed, he slipped through the cracks and got bad grades. By the time I contacted teachers to try to help him, it was too late and there was no tolerance for late work. 

Coast Redwood is a Godsend! He gets along with the kids and made friends right away and there is so much teacher involvement that kids don't even get behind. Teachers are also great at recognizing and accommodating a kids shortfalls and pick them up when needed.