Tahoe School FAQ
The Tahoe School began as a grass roots movement of parents and students dedicated to bringing Waldorf education to the Truckee area. In January of 2018, Golden Valley Charter Schools was invited to write and manage the Tahoe Truckee Waldorf School charter with the plan to open a Transitional Kindergarten through second grade Tuition-Free Public Waldorf School in Truckee in September of 2018. The school will grow to be TK-8th grade. The new name of the school is now The Golden Valley Tahoe School and is located on 908 Northstar Drive in Truckee.
The Golden Valley community will continue the Tahoe Truckee Waldorf School grass roots commitment to the values of Waldorf education and will foster the growth and sustainability of the school in a thoughtful way. Golden Valley Charter Schools looks forward to expanding the reach of public Waldorf opportunities in the Northern California region and many more years serving the children and families in the greater Sacramento and Placer County area.
What credentials are required of the class teachers? +
All class teachers hold a California teaching credential.
So how is a charter school different from a traditional public school? +
A charter school IS a public school that operates independently from its local school district, yet which is still accountable for student achievement and operational performance. Just like all public schools, a charter school is funded on a per-student basis from state tax funds, and is bound by a legal contract (charter) with its sponsoring district. However, it is exempt from many elements of state education regulations and is governed as an independent non-profit, with its own board of directors. Charter schools were developed to encourage educators to try different approaches in the public sector since children do not all learn in the same manner
Who is eligible to attend Golden Valley Tahoe School? +
As a non-tuition based government-funded public learning center, we are open to anyone. If more students apply than there are spaces available, admission is decided by lottery. Priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students. Age restrictions on public school students also apply to us. Students must be 5 years old by December 2nd.
Do the students take standardized tests? +
Like all public school students, our students take the standardized tests required by the California Department of Education. While we understand the importance of standardized testing, we do not explicitly teach to the tests. In addition to our general curriculum, our students are taught basic test-taking skills. Our students in grades 3-8 participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, required in all California public schools.
Does my child need to be vaccinated to attend Golden Valley Tahoe School? +
Golden Valley Charter Schools is required to comply with all immunization laws. Below is a list of the required immunizations and amount of doses. Students who are entering TK/K would be required to have these immunizations. Students in other grade levels could be grandfathered in only if they already had a Personal Beliefs on file prior to SB277.
If a student is way behind or has never received any immunizations there is a conditional entrance schedule that we would put them on as they would not be able to get all required immunizations in time. The website www.shotsforschool.org is a great resource.
Below are the parameters around the SB277 law
New Law (SB 277) Effective in 2016
Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. SB 277 changes immunization requirements for children entering child care or school.
Starting January 1, 2016:
- Parents or guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption to a currently-required vaccine.
- Students will no longer be required to have immunizations for entry if they attend:
- A home-based private school or
- An independent study program with no classroom-based instruction.
- However, parents or guardians must continue to provide immunization records for these students to their schools, and schools must continue to maintain and report records of immunizations that have been received for these students.
- Students who have an individualized education program (IEP) should continue to receive all necessary services identified in their IEP regardless of their vaccination status.
- Medical and personal beliefs exemptions will be allowed for any immunization requirement against additional diseases initiated by CDPH for attendance at school or child care
Students Admitted at Ages 4-6 years Need These Immunizations:
- Diphtheria,Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or DT) —5 doses
(4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
- Polio (OPV or IPV)—4 doses
(3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
- Hepatitis B—3 doses
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization. These immunization requirements also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten.
Students Admitted at Ages 7-17 Years Need These Immunizations:
- Diphtheria,Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, DT, Tdap, or Td)—4 doses
(3 doses OK if last dose was given on or after 2nd birthday)
- Polio (OPV or IPV)—4 doses
(3 doses OK if one was given on or after 2nd birthday)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella7th grade)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria,and Pertussis7th grade
I am a Nevada resident. Can I enroll? +
We are currently investigating this question and will report soon.
Do you charge tuition? +
No. Charter schools receive funding from the state of California. However, this funding is insufficient to provide the level of education offered. We have a separate, non-profit foundation called the Friends of Tahoe Truckee that is solely dedicated to supporting our school. We hope everyone participates by volunteering and giving in various ways.
How do I enroll? +Important: Please attend a Tahoe School event before applying. The application period will open March 2018. Golden Valley Tahoe School is pending charter approval for the 2018-19 school year.