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Our School

Welcome to the world of innovative education. Grass Valley Charter School, a pre-K through eighth grade school located on the historic site of James S. Hennessy School, is one of four schools in the distinguished Grass Valley School District.  Established in 1993, our school serves over 500 students and is honored to be a credentialed mentor school in a network of outstanding schools throughout the United States that have become EL Education schools (fka Expeditionary Learning), as well as a recognized California Blue Ribbon School.  Review and print our school’s Charter Document and our Strategic Plan.
EL Education captures the power of Outward Bound principles and utilizes current national research about best teaching practices, combining them in the classroom to promote high academic achievement and character development.  As a mentor EL Education school, we emphasize active learning, collaboration, literacy, adventure, service and teamwork. To learn more about EL Education and its impact on student achievement, click on the following link to watch the EL video.
We offer three academic choices (click on each title for additional information):
Core Academic
Core Academic is our classroom option for kindergarten through eighth grade students. 
In Core Academic, students attend school five days a week in a unique 
academic environment with an academically challenging standard-based curriculum. 
We also offer a variety of extracurricular activities. 
Discovery Studies
Discovery Studies is our home school option for transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students. This educational option is designed as a support for homeschoolers and their families. Is it an option rich with choices and flexibility, and incorporates EL Education’s philosophy and practices.
Preschool Program
Grass Valley Charter School Preschool is open to children aged 3 – 5 years
To be eligible, a child must turn 3 yrs old by September 1st.
Hours and days of operation are the same as GVCS school hours and days.
The preschool is located in the primary grades wing in Rooms 1 and 2.
Enrollment:  Grass Valley Charter School is open to students living in Nevada, Placer, Yuba or 
Sierra counties. 
We’re located on the old historic James S. Hennessy School site
225 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA  95945
Office Hours:  
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (530) 273-8723                
Fax:    (530) 274-9872