We pursue our values and mission through the integration of Academic Excellence, Creative Self-Expression, and Positive Character Development. These principles permeate all we do and bring depth, meaning, and enthusiasm to learning at CRHS.

Academic Excellence

We offer a balanced academic program that is developmentally appropriate and prepares students to become life-long learners. With the understanding that children learn best by doing, CRHS builds student independence by providing opportunities and challenges that develop initiative and discipline, preparing students for college and beyond.

Our multi-faceted curriculum engages students through:

  • Cognitive learning - critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills; scientific and mathematical investigation; research and problem solving

  • Experiential learning- outdoor education; performances; science life labs; community service projects; personal interviews; memoirs and senior exit portfolio

  • Reflective learning - self-inquiry; journaling; dialogue; presentations; collective problem solving; creative projects, and project-based learning projects

These processes encourage curiosity and help students develop a personal commitment to learning. We want our students to know that trial and error and mistakes are essential to growth and new understanding.

Creative Self-Expression

Creative self-expression is part of all academic coursework. We integrate creative arts and academics with the belief that they are mutually reinforcing. This allows students to discover new gifts and talents and overcome self-perceived limitations.

All students may study acting, voice, dance, art, creative writing, and participate in the Charter Performing Arts productions and the SLV Performing Arts productions. Our Charter productions demonstrate and encourage the collaborative process. Here, individual effort and a willingness to contribute to the greater whole results in an inspiring and fulfilling experience. Performance builds self-confidence, and collaboration prepares students for effective working relationships well beyond their school years.

Positive Character Development

We recognize that each student’s character is influenced at school by the interaction of the explicit and implicit curriculum. The explicit curriculum is found in the choice of content, activities, and materials that shape our program. The implicit curriculum is expressed in our school culture through relationships, teacher modeling, socio-emotional exercises, and classroom practices. These dynamic processes create a context that promotes learning and positive character development.

We encourage relationships that build trust and safety between teacher and student, peer to peer, and all members of our school community. We focus on learning that brings forth thinking and discussions of ethical relevance. We strive to create opportunities for students to engage in open and honest communication. We work closely with families to encourage a thoughtful exchange of ideas around the many issues that confront youth in our modern society.

We create opportunities for older students to mentor and care for younger students through school-wide activities including theater productions, buddy programs and athletic events trough SLVHS. We teach and model responsible citizenship through community service projects, civic participation, and environmental stewardship through our Environmental Horticulture pathway.

Our faculty and families are dedicated to values such as empathy, honesty, forgiveness, respect, cooperation, generosity, and kindness. We work together as a community to take responsibility, to practice self-reliance, exercise leadership, and integrity, and to assist and care for one another.


We've had a good year at CRHS. My son has only been there 2 years, he's a senior, but he's learned a lot about himself in those years. First year was difficult as he had never been in a 'real' high school class, always been homeschooled, so getting all the logistics down in regards to classwork and homework took a bit of time. That first year was a little rocky in the beginning as he got his first experience with typical teen/high school social issues. There were some topics of concern and when I brought them to our teacher and the counselor they responded quickly, and I am very grateful for that. Communication is key, with teachers, admin and counselor, they are responsive to the needs of the kids and families.