Mistwood Educational Center

~Personalized Learning since 1979~

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Mistwood At-a-Glance

Mistwood Educational Center is an independent, non-profit, co-ed, private school.

Location: Bayside, California, a small rural community in Humboldt County. We are approximately 3 miles south of Humboldt State University.

Grades Served: TK-8 grade (9th grade program starting in the fall of 2021)

Student Population: 28

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Facilities: Mistwood is housed in a former church building listed on the historic registry. In addition to the main building there is an"annex" that has two classrooms, a computer lab, and an office.

Teaching: 5 full and part-time teachers offer a well rounded curriculum focused on art, STEM, social-emotional learning, and social justice. All full time staff have one or more California teaching credentials.

Mistwood Educational Center is an independent private school in rural Bayside, Humboldt County, California. We offer TK-8th grade education that is flexible to student and family needs and strives to cultivate a love of learning. We guide our students into well rounded young adults and foster a passion for lifelong learning using fulfilling and fun activities that educate the whole child. The Mistwood approach provides a foundation for our students to flourish in high school, college, and beyond.

Covid-19 Updates

February 21, 2021

Mistwood Community,

We hope this week rejuvenated and renewed body and spirit. The teachers spent the week preparing for packet pick up (next Friday, February 26, 2021 2 to 5 pm at Mistwood), grading papers, reviewing all of the updated CDC, CAPH and Humboldt County Office of Education information on when we can open. As such, we have revised our reopening plan and have two new Plan B’s to move into.

Like a majority of you, we are excited to return to on-site learning. We also honor those wanting to wait a little longer, as variants and vaccines come into play. Some of the teachers were vaccinated this weekend and that is a step in our plan to return to more time on-site.

Right now, we are looking at returning to school for Hybrid Plan B-1 (2 half days per week per cohort) as soon as we can. Regulations are complicated and Alice and Rebecca are working on creating the new documentation required for in-person instruction. Masks, Social Distancing, Handwashing, staying home when feeling ill, utilizing at home and on-site screening are all required in order for us to reopen. More information will be coming with a required response, in order for us to complete our re-opening paperwork. Currently Humboldt County is in Tier 1 with a 21.7% community transmission. As soon as the county moves to Tier 3 for 5 days, we can open. If the 5 days fall in the middle of the week, we will begin onsite the following Monday. Please let us know if you have any concerns or special requests.

Students who are remaining with distance learning, will have one on one or small group tutoring sessions to continue lessons.


Alice Finen and Rebecca Nordquist,

Co-Directors, Mistwood Educational Center

For more information see our paper regarding COVID-19

Please contact us if you have any questions.

For more information regarding our opening and closing plan see here.