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K-8
Public charter
Chico, CA
Students enrolled: 281
Before care: No
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450 West East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

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(530) 879-7483
(530) 879-7490
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September 17, 2013
We attended Blue Oak for a couple of years. While I have great love for the Waldorf method and am still close friends with a lot of the parents and staff I unfortunately don't think this school is working. Blue Oak has many beautiful aspects to it, but educationally its lacking considerably. If your child is a strong and independent learner I'm sure she or he will be fine once moving on. Unfortunately a large percent of the students at this school are so far behind and I'm worried for them.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
This is my daughter's second year at Blue Oak. This school is amazing! My daughter has rediscovered her love of learning. Her teacher is committed to her kids on a level we never experienced at a traditional public school. The approach is wonderful. (I wish I would have had this opportunity as a child.) My only regret is that we did not have access to Blue Oak earlier in my child's educational process. I highly recommend this school as a place where children learn in a supportive, loving, engaging and empowering environment. My daughter just started the middle school years, dreaded by many, and is having her best school year yet.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
My child was at Blue Oak for 3 years, 2 which were wonderful. Led by a veteran Teacher my child had a similar experience to the many reviews below. Fast forward to her 3rd year her veteran teacher had left, new administration and new values came to the school. I couldn't have been more disappointed in the administrations handling of my daughters special learning needs. The administration chose to punish my child for her lack of achievement once I contacted them about evaluating her for a learning disability. Through several meetings, I was told that the principal would not support anything other than a punitive approach as the principal who barely knew my child did not believe she had a learning disability - in her words my shy child who never got into trouble had an attitude problem. After meeting 3 other families this was happening to I removed my child from the school. Since then my child has been diagnosed with ADD, Social Anxiety disorder and several learning disabilities. Though I was a former believer, I can no longer recommend this school based on the treatment we received when we asked for help - I especially discourage any children enrolling that have special needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
I have three children attending Blue Oak. There is honestly not one other comparable public school in Chico. Two of my children play cello in the community orchestra that is offered. They are all engaged with a love of books. The difference in my children's attitudes about school has been profound since transfering to Blue Oak. Each of them looks forward to school and finds the methodology of delivering the curriculum to be very stimulating. Thank goodness for a school that educates the WHOLE child. The faculty and administration are all very supportive. The parent community is committed to making this school great.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
My two children are Blue Oak kids. I can't state enough how great a difference this school has made in my family's life. We love Blue Oak.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
Our child went to another public school in this community for two years before coming to Blue Oak. The difference in his increased level of self-esteem and willingness to learn has been simply astounding. This school does a remarkable job of building a child's capacity for lifelong learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Kid, heart centered school that could use more money to make their dreams a reality. They have the will, the mindset and the tenacity.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2010
My grandson has had a happy, well rounded education at Blue Oak where his artistic talents have been encourage as well has his reading and writing skills. Wonderful school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 10, 2010
It's a Waldorf Charter School which makes it available to all children. We need alternative schools to support diversity!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2010
It's a Waldorf Charter school. The kids love it, the parents love it, the teachers love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Waldorf encompasses head, heart and hands; The love the children (and parents) experience fills your heart with warmth; Academics is introduced at an appropriate age so they actually enjoy learning; All of the singing they do together really bonds the class together; It's an environment which helps children to thrive, be comfortable with who they are, and learn to love, care for, and get along with their peers. It's been my greatest joy to watch our once shy daughter blossom there. Her beaming smile shows deep contentment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
I love Blue Oak Charter school for many reason but I'd have to say my number one reason is becuase of the difference this school has made in my daughter life. she 'now' comes home with a smile everyday and looks forwarding to attending school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
Waldorf education is the hope of the future. It fosters the development of confident, intelligent, kind people who are ready to take ACTION for the betterment of all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I love the art, the music, and the teachers. I also love that every student is treated as equally valuable and important for whatever skills and talents they have. It's a holistic approach that really develops the children's self-esteem and builds on their strengths.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I am a founder of this school and so proud to say so! Neither of my kids have been fortunate enough to go but I love that it's an option for the community. The waldorf approach is a beautiful hands on way of educating the whole child through such aspects as cooking, gardening, movement, music, art, and foreign lang. Best of all, it is FREE!! Many waldorf schools are very expensive private schools and therefore limited in the number of children they can impact due to cost.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Blue Oak is a developmentally appropriate school it uses the Waldorf based method of teaching which allows the child time to be a child and develop a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I have three children that are all blossoming in Blue Oak. We love the wonderful loving staff & the way the teach creativity along with the basics. When my now 8th grader started, she told me this is the first school where she felt like she fit in. I am thankful every day for this amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I love that my daughter has such a warm, loving, and playful environment for kindergarten, with no homework! She comes home singing everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Imagine a school where the children feel safe and loved, where the teachers are dedicated to the positive growth of each child, where administration is warm, helpful and attentive. I only wish I could be 5 years old again so I could start my childhood all over again at Blue Oak Charter School!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Great curriculum and school community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Strong support for the individuality and self motivation of children, close community and close parent-teacher-student contact, small class size. Waldorf inspired methods in a public school environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Small school with big opportunities. A loving community with which our children are valued head, hearts and hands.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Great teachers, great community, great educational philosophy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
They teach the 'whole' child, head, heart and hands. I have four children. My oldest were in traditional mainstream school. My eight year old is at blue oak. Never have I see such a love of learning as I have experienced with garrett at blue oak. Such a thriving to know the next thing to want to learn. How amazing is that? I love blue oak charter school. Kelly Angel

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2010
I absolutely love this school and so do my two kids. The teachers and curriculum are phenomenal -- You really won't find a more dedicated faculty anywhere else. The parent council has been really re-energized this year and there are lots of organized ways for parents to get involved. Like all schools these days, there are major funding obstacles but they have an active fundraising committee and find creative ways to get the most out off what they spend. The school has almost doubled in size this past year as well as moved into a new location so they are definitely going through some growing pains but they are handling it very very well and I can see it will be a strong school community because of it. I can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
Compared to the public school district schools, Blue Oak and its emphasis on Waldorf methods is the choice between a McDonald's hamburger and a creative five course organic meal! This school has retained an innovative staff, backed by outgoing and caring parents, within a academic Waldorf framework that focuses on creativity rather than only memorizing information. Each year it gets better....Definitely go on a tour and check it out as a choice for your K-8th child in Chico.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
This is the only school I would ever put my children in. The staff is wonderful and really care about our kids!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Blue Oak is a wonderful school, i consider it a gift that Im giving to my daughter, the whole waldorf education is truly a beautiful thing to see!!! The teachers are wonderful!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
Like black licorice, you either love it or hate it,...I'm glad it's a school of choice!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
If you want your child to be cared for and loved then this is the school for you. School cares equally that children develop physically, emotionally, and academically. All children learn the violin starting in third grade and all children learn Spanish and Japanese. This school is such an extension from the home and the parent teacher collaboration is incredibly involved!

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Waldorf education is a practical education engaging the child’s will, her imagination, sense of aesthetics and intellect. What engages the child needs to have meaning to the child and has the ability to be applied. Thus its’ motive is to develop capacities rather than be an information driven approach. At the heart of the Waldorf approach is the recognition that lessons must be presented to children in a way which fills them with wonder, enthusiasm, and meaningful understanding. How a subject is taught is equally important as to what is taught, hence the use of movement and arts in the curriculum.

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Blue Oak Charter School
450 West East Avenue, Chico, CA  95926
(530) 879-7483
Last modified Blue Oak Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Blue Oak Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top