Dear Prospective Families:

We are so excited you have interest in our incredible schools. Creekside Charter Management is made up of two charter schools: Our primary program services students in grades TK-8th grade. New for the 16/17 school year we will be offering a virtual high school in grades 9-12. I hope you will find wonderful information about our schools in the pages that follow, but please know that print can never replace the incredible energy our faculty, staff, and students bring to our remarkable schools. Here is a little about my leadership/ educational beliefs:

In 2016 families have difficult choices to make regarding their student’s education. Squaw Valley Preparatory and Creekside Charter seek to offer the most rigorous and supportive academic program in the Tahoe Basin. We believe hard work in the classroom combined with the flexibility to pursue one’s passions allow students a pathway to greatness. Our community of engaged learners will challenge the norm while appreciating the structure that a site-based independent program offers them. Our campus belongs to our students, and we seek to create structure that supports this independent mindset.

Prospective students are encouraged to shadow for a class, or day. We are confident they will love our campus, attention to the individual, and our commitment to excellence. Interested students should contact me at jkraunz@squaw.org, 530-581-1036 x 201.

About the Director:

The impact students, faculty and parents have had on my life is profound. The educational experiences I have shared with students have pushed me to become a better leader and person. Students express their happiness and discontent with their education in a variety of ways. Placing them at the center of my decision making has given me perspective and afforded me life-long relationships with students. Faculty have given me the strength to push forward in a profession that takes tremendous dedication. They have stood behind and in front of me as we have blazed unconditional paths that push students forward. Parents have provided me with great reward. Their gratitude for the time and energy I have put into their children has fueled me. Prior to joining Creekside Charter Management I taught, counseled, coached, and led in three of this country’s best school systems. (Newton, MA; Aspen, CO; York, ME) These combined experiences support my work in making Creekside and Squaw Valley Preparatory the best school for our students.

The beliefs of a director matter to the direction and future of a school. Student learning should have urgency to it. Faculty, including administration, should realize that we are competing with a very high paced multi-media world. A student’s apathy towards learning should not solely rest on the shoulders of the student, but rather on the community. Conversely, a student’s appetite for learning should not be confined to traditional learning structures. We have a responsibility to create engaging, reflective, thought provoking, challenging, and fun classroom experiences. We must model and inspire lifelong learning.

Inspiring greatness in all kids,

Jeff Kraunz