Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) is a public charter school that opened in the fall of 2010 in Truckee, CA. How it came to be:
Local Truckee/Tahoe families gathered to begin looking at education alternatives for our community and decided to try to start a charter school.
More than 30 Tahoe/Truckee parents met to brainstorm ideas for the vision of the school.
Different educational styles and curriculum researched. Decided that Expeditionary Learning curriculum best fit the vision.
After meetings about alternatives and dividing up responsibilities, charter school group became 14 founding parents with a unified vision for the school.
Committee wrote Sierra Expeditionary Learning School charter petition.
Charter petition presented to TTUSD Board Trustees at public meeting.
TTUSD Board Trustees voted unanimously to approve SELS charter.
Held public information nights and public lottery to determine admission.
Hiring committee selects David Manahan as Director of SELS and begins interviewing teachers.
The school community came together to fix up portables and build a playscape at our facility—the portables outside of the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center.
Founding teachers are hired. Staff participates in EL Primary Institute, an intensive, week-long, professional development institute.
Opening Day: August 25, 2010
Sierra Expeditionary Learning School opens its doors, serving 63 students in grades K-5.
Families come together to celebrate learning for our first Gratitude Night. Classroom doors open for first Celebration of Learning, a community openhouse and showcase of student work.
Charter ammendments approved allowing SELS to expand from 136 to about 200 students when the school reaches capacity and full K-8 grade spectrum.
SELS awarded a federal public charter school grant of $575,000.
New staff hired for 2011-2012 academic year.
Passage Portfolio presentation, assessment panel include community members. Celebration of Learning and Passage Ceremony are capstones for the first year.
SELS begins its second school year, serving 112 students, grades K-6.
Sierra Expeditionary Learning School students participate in the Family Resource Center’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration with several performances. SELS students are featured in the Sierra Sun
Second annual Gratitude Dinner. Celebration of Learning features Transcontinental Railroad chautauquas, a Gold Rush musical, the preview of an orginal documentary film on geology, and rich classroom tour full of high quality products and dense portfolios.