Chrysalis Charter School

Updated Aug 26, 2020
P.O. Box 709 - Palo Cedro CA - 96073
Type of autonomy arrangement: school charter/bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In



K through 8




Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
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.