Chrysalis Charter School

P.O. Box 709 - Palo Cedro CA - 96073
Type of autonomy arrangement: School Charter / Bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In





Rural, Suburban




Determine learning program
Set school-level policy
Determine professional development
Determine authorizer assessments
Determine state assessments


Select colleagues
Evaluate colleagues
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine tenure policy
Select leaders


Determine school budget
Set staff pattern
Determine compensation
Determine teacher workday
Set schedule
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto

Teachers’ de jure autonomy is written into the school’s charter, except in the areas of selecting leaders and setting the budget. De facto teachers select their leaders and set the budget.

About the Learning Program

Chrysalis offers a unique program that emphasizes direct interaction with the world rather than a textbook approach. It blends regular classroom instruction with options classes, service opportunities, and natural sciences field study. Options include art, music, video, jujitsu, and hiking. Parents, students and teachers work together to design the students’ educational programs. There are two school wide family camping trips each year, numerous field trips and community service activities.

Read this blog post about how Chrysalis kicked off a new school year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.