Paradise Charter Schools to Reopen for the First Time Since Camp Fire
Caity Heim / California Charter Schools
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Schools to convene at Living Hope Fellowship and CORE Butte Gymnasium

CHICO, CA – The Paradise charter school community today announced that school will resume for Paradise charter school students beginning next Monday, December 3, after the deadly Camp Fire destroyed 6 charter schools in the area. Working together to ensure students have a safe space and lose little instructional time, charter school educators will convene classes at Living Hope Fellowship, Life Church, and CORE Butte Gymnasium in Chico. 

“Our top priorities are the safety, well-being and education of our students, and one of the most impactful ways we can ensure this is to get our students and teachers back together as soon as possible to begin the healing and rebuilding process,” said Casey Taylor, executive director, Achieve Charter Schools of Paradise. “Structure, support, and a security are critical for our students during this rebuilding phase, and we are so grateful to Living Hope Fellowship and CORE Butte Charter for sharing their facilities with us as a temporary home until we find longer-term options for each of our charter schools.”

Beginning Monday, December 3, HomeTech Charter School and Achieve Charter High School students will attend school at Living Hope Fellowship located at 355 Panama Avenue in Chico. Since space is shared, the schedules for each school and their students will be slightly different:

  • -HomeTech Charter School will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • -Achieve Charter High School will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Fridays, the school will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • -Mondays and Tuesdays will be open to grades 6 through 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • -Wednesdays and Thursdays will be open to grades K through 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • -Fridays will be open to all elementary and middle school students from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Monday, December 3, elementary and middle school students attending Achieve Charter School of Paradise K-8 will return to school at Life Church located at 1492 East Avenue in Chico from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Children’s Community Charter School and Paradise Charter Middle School will share space starting Monday, December 3 at the CORE Butte Gymnasium located at 2847 Notre Dame Boulevard in Chico. Since this space is shared, the Gymnasium will run on a block schedule, separating elementary and middle school students for part of the week to allow for more individualized attention and high-quality support delivered to students:

School will be closed for the regular holiday break from December 20th through January 4th and will resume on Monday, January 7th, 2019. 

In an effort to start the rebuilding process as quickly as possible, the Paradise charter school community holds regular meetings with the Butte County Office of Education, Paradise and Chico Unified School Districts, third party vendors, and charter school champions from across the state to identify new locations for their schools. Living Hope Fellowship and Life Church are long-term interim locations for Achieve Charter Schools and Home Tech. CORE Butte Gymnasium is a temporary location for Paradise Charter Middle School and Children’s Community Charter Schools, but partners continue to meet and work around the clock to secure permanent sites for each school.

For a full list of Camp Fire supports, visit the Butte County Office of Education.

To join relief efforts and help Paradise charter schools rebuild, visit the California Charter Schools Association.

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