Inspiring Greatness
in Every Kid

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Creekside Charter is a TK through 8th grade free public school located in Olympic Valley, CA serving students from Truckee, Tahoe City and surrounding communities.

Our mission

The mission of Creekside Charter is to create a relationship-based, dynamic learning environment in which students excel academically, are engaged and self-confident, and have the flexibility to pursue their passions.

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About Us

Since 1998, Creekside has been offering small class sizes in a family oriented community. Parents and staff have a voice in education while teachers support and inspire students emotionally and academically. At Creekside, your child’s education centers on experiences which promote meaningful learning in an environment where students are guided to be caring citizens, strong leaders and well-rounded individuals. 

We believe there is an important triangle in every student’s life: the student, parents/family, and the school. Clear behavioral expectations create strong and safe relationships between the team and allow teachers to maximize engaged learning time. Through working collaboratively and keeping communication lines open, we are better able to shepherd students through the challenges and achievements of childhood.

Relationships Matter

Student greatness starts with believing in their potential.  Every student should be known, supported and made to feel important.  By engaging families as part of our student’s learning process we are able to further build trust and lasting relationships with families that help to propel a student forward.  The positive nature of our community (teachers, parents, and students) allows students the space to learn and grow.

Academic Excellence

Students are guided to new levels through best teaching practices, mentoring with other students, intervention resources, parent volunteers and peer partnering. Everyone is a teacher! This approach cultivates joy for learning through connection and discovery. By improving a student’s independent work skills students are able to learn organizational skills and study habits that lead to success at the secondary school level and in life.

In addition to our core subjects, our classroom teachers are dedicated to the social and emotional growth of our students. Weekly class activities center on student check-in, reflection, mindfulness and appreciation. 

Developing the Whole Child

Creekside students have a unique opportunity to leave campus during the school day to pursue their individual passions, travel with family, or take advantage of outside learning opportunities. A Creekside education is not defined by four walls, but instead allows students to explore adventures and learning outside of the class. 

The balance Creekside students have between academics, nature, sport, emotional growth and family is not only unique but also allows them to find success and happiness as they navigate through school.