Who We Are
USA charter school opened as a free alternative educational choice in Del Norte County in 2007. Charter schools were first approved by California legislation in 1992 to improve education and are becoming known across the country as quality schools of choice. USA maintains a full staff of appropriately credentialed teachers, instructional assistants, and tutors to assist students with their education.
We operate as an independent study school offering a selection of home study, daily full-day site-based classes, or any combination of class and home study options. Additionally, our mode of education includes partnering with both parents and community organizations to offer a wide spectrum of educational opportunities to our students.
WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
USA’s emphasis is on Family-Style education, partnering with the parent to develop respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness in each student. Students learn family-style in small, multi-age, interactive learning groups on the school campus or at home with their families. Students work together family-style to complete real-life thematic projects demonstrating their knowledge. Family activities such as field trips, academic competitions, programs for parents, multi-age events, and student presentations are included as part of the educational program.
What We've Achieved
- We started with 75 students 10 years ago and have now nearly tripled, to 195.
- USA has scored the highest in the county in state testing.
- We continue to operate in an "uncharted" manner, adjusting and "charting" our program to meet the needs of the community.
- We are the only school in the county to offer a choice of onsite classes (Onshore), part day classes (Shoreline), or full home study (Offshore).
- Our "Onshore" option has become our most popular option, and is now at full capacity.
- We partner with 4-H, giving every child the opportunity to participate in the 4-H program. Teachers use 4-H resources in their thematic lessons and assign 4-H projects as part of the curriculum.
- USA uses the community to enhance students' education. Students take field trips and plan community projects.