April 18, 2014
Knights Ferry School is a small school, Kindergarten through 8th grades, with about 90 students. Every classroom is 2 grades (T-K/K, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8) but still has the feel of a small class, with lots of personal attention for each child. The thing I love most about this school is the genuine feeling of community: every teacher knows every child, and often their family, and the tiny historic Gold Rush town of Knights Ferry supports the school with commitment and involvement. The school and the town come together to have a Halloween parade, a Christmas program, an annual silent auction dinner, and in many more ways. But lately enrollment has been dropping, and dropping, and dropping. We have gone down by 50 students in the last 2 years. The recession hit us hard, with many families moving out of the area to find work. Some, to save on the expense of gas, made the painful decision to send their children to schools in nearby Oakdale because they provide busing. But we are hanging on, offering a unique, small-town, country school experience, with a state of the art education for all our students. Knights Ferry School is a great place with great families.
- submitted by a teacher