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Welcome to Family School!

 Carpinteria Family School is a small public school of choice by choice. We embrace a Small School - Multi-Age Classroom Pedagogy. Students receive continuity in our three multi-age classrooms, achieved by maintaining peers and having the same teacher for two consecutive years. This continuity and consistency alleviates stress in transition between grades as well as allowing for strong social and emotional bonds to be forged. Cross-age mixing of students is a deliberate philosophical choice that allows younger students exposure to more advanced lessons and opportunities for older students to share what they have learned, creating a strong foundation of knowledge. Our smallness permits flexibility and changes in organization to occur with relative ease lending itself to the “Family-like” feel.

Mission: Carpinteria Family School by design embraces a Small School - Multi-Age Classroom Pedagogy for consistency and continuity. We foster a cooperative community of students, educators and parents dedicated to cultivating a safe, nurturing and creative learning environment. By honoring our students’ diversity and uniqueness we develop creative, critical thinkers and by implementing service learning projects we inspire contributing, compassionate members of our local and global community.


Values and Visions: During the 2013-2014 Carpinteria Family School participated in an all school visioning process, the school defined its core philosophies that support its mission statement. These core philosophies, revised below, further define the school and support the updated Mission:

·Multi-age classroom: The school embraces the multi-age classroom as a philosophy of the school, by choice and not necessity. Children are perceived less in terms of their grade and more in terms of their unique qualities and capabilities. (See also Description

·Small School Benefits: Research on small schools supports claims of higher attendance and graduation rates, fewer drop-outs, equal or better levels of academic achievement, higher levels of extracurricular participation and parent involvement, and fewer incidences of discipline and violence. Teachers have the flexibility in a small school to teach the state curriculum creatively to the multiple intelligences. In this way, they are encouraging our children to reach their own unique potential as intrinsically motivated individuals. One goal and vision for CFS is to double in size for a total of six classes and still maintain the intimate school atmosphere.


·Emphasis on “Whole-Child”: All children are individuals who have a different set of needs, socially, emotionally, and academically. By embracing individuality and creating a safe, loving environment where everyone is respected and heard, children can flourish academically.


·Academics: Cooperative and project based learning opportunities enhance the state standard curriculum and propels students to become proficient learners. Students demonstrate a complexity of understanding, problem-solving, and cognitive development. Our supportive environment encourages students to be lifelong learners by taking risks and views mistakes as teachable opportunities.


·Service Learning Projects: Environmental and community based service learning projects improve social responsibility and citizenship skills, which in turn reduces stereotypes and influences a greater intercultural understanding. Many of the academic projects taught have an emphasis on environmental sustainability and stewardship. Our students and their families learn the importance of protecting our environment through service-based activities and practices. Examples of projects: Coastal Clean up, Pedal Power and Bike to School Days, Ambassadors of the Island Fox, Coloring books for Indonesia.


·Compassionate Communication: This is a core value of Carpinteria Family School. Each teacher incorporates this philosophy into their classroom in their own unique way. The school embraces Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and training is offered to students, staff and parents.


·Parent Participation: This is an integral part of a multi-age classroom and family style community. Parents are encouraged but not required to bring their own unique talents and ideas into our school. Understanding that not all families can volunteer on a regular basis CFS creates opportunities for Parent involvement in and out of the classroom.


·Tribes Philosophy: Family is emphasized through cooperation, collaboration and connection. Opportunities to practice compassionate communication and attentive listening in small safe peer groups known as “Tribes.” Tribes work on team building and planning the success and sustainability of the school community.