About Laurel Tree Charter School
4555 Valley West Blvd., Arcata, CA 95521
phone (707) 822-5626, fax (707) 822-5654

School starts at 8:30.  Kindergarten is out at 1:30, Primary at 3:00, Older students at 3:30

Laurel Tree Charter School is family-style schooling. We are a small, intimate group of people working and learning together.  The entire staff works and plans together for the school as a whole. We invite parents, artists, poets, and community members to share their unique talents with us, as well.

We are a teacher-run school. Our teachers collectively make decisions about curriculum, schedules, class sizes, and policies. This allows us enormous flexibility to make changes in response to students’ needs. 

We have high standards for academic excellence, but believe that children learn and develop at different rates and in different ways. We allow for this individual growth by using alternative forms of assessment, setting individual goals, and doing project based teaching as well as more traditional styles of teaching. Working in small groups allows us to give as much individual attention as it takes to help each child reach their goals. We expect and encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning and to be responsible both to and for the group. We value and teach conflict resolution and problem solving skills. We take time to help children learn them in their day-to-day interactions with each other. 

Laurel Tree is our home base for exploring the rest of the world. Our goal is to help each child grow and learn to the best of his or her potential. We want to give children the tools they need to go out and make a difference in that world.

Laurel Tree's mission is to create a sustainable model of education which provides all students with accessible curriculum, based on college preparatory standards, while developing life and social skills in a mixed age setting.

Like all public schools, Laurel Tree is open to all who wish to attend it, without regard to race, religion, or academic ability. The school is run with tax dollars and cannot charge tuition.