The Cottonwood High School is a Site-Based FREE public charter school located in the Buckeye Union School District in beautiful El Dorado Hills. At Cottonwood, we prepare students for the 21st century using a very different approach and methodology from traditional schools. We use project-based learning, interdisciplinary studies, coupled with Montessori principles of teaching and learning.
At Cottonwood students lead their own education by choosing topics that interest them, creating a love of learning.
“I’m so glad we found this school!”
“It has been nice that it’s not a big school, so you don’t get lost in the shuffle.”
“It has been special to me to collaborate and share ideas alongside students and staff and I feel joy when I come to school everyday.”
“These are very small class sizes and the school is open to new ideas.”
When you enroll in The Cottonwood School, you become part of a community where student’s voice is valued and student agency encouraged. Inspired by the Montessori approach, we understand that to thrive, students need a safe and supportive environment, rich with opportunities to explore their interests.
The Cottonwood teachers work together with students to provide a stimulating education that keeps pace with each individual learner’s personality, needs, and goals. We strive to support students’ academic, social, and emotional development because a well-rounded education creates responsible, successful adults who contribute to our diverse world.
Students successfully complete rigorous college and career preparatory curriculum and experiences.
Students set goals and make choices that support their long-term aspirations, and successfully navigate transitions to their next level.
Students are encouraged to develop their own potential, build relationships, persist through obstacles, and exercise their academic, social, emotional, and 21st Century skills.