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The mission of Grass Valley Charter School (GVCS) is to inspire students to achieve high standards, create quality work, and embrace lifelong learning and service through EL Education (fka Expeditionary Learning).  

Our Values

At Grass Valley Charter School, we:  
  • understand that individuals learn best through purposeful experiences that provide opportunities to become active learners — taking responsibility for their own learning
  • value the use of the world existing beyond the classroom walls in order to teach compassion, service, discipline and respect
  • develop a sense of civic and social activism in students
  • believe that we have a responsibility to provide stewardship of the Earth
  • focus on the development of individual character traits steeped in our “Design Principles” and “character traits” including respect, responsibility, discipline, courage, compassion, integrity, perseverance, service, and the spirit of adventure
  • foster a culture of reflection, critique and revision
  • incorporate project-based learning, fieldwork, and the arts into purposeful and rigorous expeditions
  • blend a strong sense of community, supportive environments, and parent involvement
 Salmon Lesson on Yuba River
Solar Eclipse Lesson
STEM students
Climbing Wall Adventure - two students ready to climb
Winter Adventure – students and chaperones in the snow
Big Buddy program - two students