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Read past editions of The Howl, our weekly school wide newsletter here:  The Howl


GVCS has a handbook for our core program.  Click here to view it: Core Handbook

Enrollment: Click here for complete details of the enrollment process at GVCS.


Expedition Donations are the monies we collect each year from each family to offset the costs of fieldwork and other expedition related expenses.  These donations may be made online either in one payment or in ten monthly installments, beginning in July or August.  Payments may also be made in cash to Cissy in the main office, or by using your debit or credit card with Cissy.  Click here to make your donation online.


DRIVER’S FORMS:  Please click on this link District Sanctioned Trips in Private Vehicles  to download and print out the required DST form.  Please return it to the school in order to be cleared to drive on fieldwork. A new form must be filled out and on file every new school year. A copy of the DECLARATIONS PAGE of your vehicle insurance (not the evidence of insurance card)  must be attached to this form and you must have a minimum of $100,000(per person)/$300,000(per accident) in liability to qualify as a driver, although $300,000/$500,000 is recommended.  Please see the DST instructions page here for more information.


Click on these links to download the medication at school and while on fieldwork forms: Medication at School Form  and Medication While on Fieldwork Form and  Medication on Fieldwork Instructions

Hot Lunch Program:  Our school’s hot lunch program is run and administered by Central Kitchen, which services the schools in our area.  All monies go directly to them and billing comes from them.  Click this link: Mealtime to access Central Kitchen through the Grass Valley School District website.  Mealtime is an online way to manage your child’s school hot lunch purchases.  Please click here for more information or to sign up: Mealtime  monthly menus are available here: Central Kitchen hot lunch menu


School Closures: In the event of heavy snow, dangerous driving conditions, power outages, or any other event when school may be canceled, please tune into the local radio station, KNCO (830 AM) or STAR (94 FM).  Please DO NOT call the school office!


Since opening our doors in 1993 our enrollment has steadily increased to over 500 students even as many other local schools have seen student population declines. We attribute this to our exceptional staff, committed parents and the educational philosophy behind Expeditionary Learning. Review the complete GVCS Charter Document


Parent Involvement:  Our service work, academic success and adventures outside the classroom are all dependent on parent involvement.  Our parents help us in the classroom, provide community expertise, act as chaperones during fieldwork, and help us in a myriad of ways.  Parents of GVCS students are asked to join our learning community, and they love it! 


Crew 24, our parent leadership groupIn order to foster and coordinate parent involvement, our parent leadership group, Crew 24, will meet regularly. This group will support teachers and GVCS by compiling parent survey results, forming subcommittees of parent volunteers, and by being the “place to go” for any parent wanting to volunteer at GVCS. Olivia Pritchett and Cameron Herzog head up this group. 

Academic Reports:  Click here for the latest state testing results:
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