Mountain Oaks School

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  • Garden Club

    There will be a Garden Club meeting this Friday, March 23.

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  • Sutter's Fort Field Trip

    Who: Mountain Oaks Students

    When: May 15th, 2018

    WhatEnvironmental Living Program - This popular program allows students to spend 24 hours (including overnight!) at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. While here, they portray 1840’s characters and partake in period activities, such as carpentry, baking and candle-making.

    Sign Up Deadline: April 6

    More Information: Click here.

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  • Board of Directors Election Results

    Dear Mountain Oaks Community, 

    The results are in and many thanks to all who participated in our recent Board of Directors election. The voter turnout was among our all-time highs, with 89 voters participating. 

    Your new Board of Directors are:

    Lisa Lynch

    Kathie Rusk

    Rhianna Tofanelli

    Kelly Steinhoff 

    Janette Crouson

    The new board will be installed at the Board meeting on March 14th at 5:00P. 

    I look forward to working with the new Board and moving our school forward to new heights!

    Our heartfelt thanks to our County Superintendent and Independent Election Inspector, Scott Nanik, who handled our election with grace and aplomb.

    Again, many thanks for the time and effort that went into your participation in our Board election!


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  • Spring Celebration

    When:  March 21 from 9A-1:30P

    Where: San Andreas Site

    What: Crafts, Picnic, Egg Hunt, Games

    Bring: Your own Lunch, Candy by March 19

    More Information:  Click here.

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  • Ag Awareness Day

    Thursday, March 15th


    For 4th & 5th Graders

    Calaveras Fair Grounds

    Please sign up at the front desk in San Andreas.

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  • Tech Showcase

    When: March 21st from 12:30-2:00P

    Where: Mt. Oaks Gym

    What: come see what Mt. Oaks Tech Students have done this year!  There will be drone, robot and block coding demonstrations, Adobe, Kahoot and more.

    Who: Everyone is welcome.

    More information:  The Day's schedule of activities is here.

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  • Thank You, Mountain Oaks Student, Parents and Staff,

    As the mid-year window for i-Ready testing ends, we want to thank you for participating in this assessment and supporting our school. This is your student’s chance to shine and to demonstrate the progress they are making in our alternative learning model.

    We have always known that our students are independent thinkers, who function best in an independent study setting. It has never seemed that the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests have given an accurate, or timely, picture of our students’ performance or progress. Since Mountain Oaks is a charter school, this makes proving the academic progress of our students of utmost importance.

    Charter schools have to be authorized by either the local school district board, the county office of education board, or the State Board of Education. Mountain Oaks is authorized by the Calaveras County Board of Education, the Calaveras County Office of Education’s Board. This authorization must be renewed every five years, and a large piece of the renewal process is demonstrating to the authorizer that students are making progress and the school is supporting student learning. It is through assessment scores that Mountain Oaks must demonstrate the reason our charter should be renewed. 

    The state-mandated CAASPP is the final assessment of the year, and is the state’s required assessment of student progress. Lack of participation in the CAASPP testing will impact the funding that the school receives from the state, and lack of progress by the students will impact the charter school’s ability to re-charter. Knowing that the CAASPP has never been the most accurate measure of our students’ progress, we opted for implementing the i-Ready system last year. I-Ready is fairly accurate in predicting the way students will score on the CAASPP tests, so the mid-year scores your student has in i-Ready give a good indication of their upcoming CAASPP scores and an excellent opportunity for your students to prepare for the CAASPP and fix any areas of immediate concern. 

    The start of the year testing establishes the baseline for the student’s current academic levels. The mid-year testing gives a picture of the student’s progress so far this year, and offers the chance for students to do the remediation and increase their scores for the end-of-year CAASPP. 

    In short, our charter renewal, our funding, and the future of our school relies on your continued participation in the mandatory i-Ready and CAASPP testing. We thank you for taking the time to make our future your priority.

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  • Photo Day Change

    Photo Day at the San Andreas site will be on 4/11 and not 4/4. Same time - 9A-1P.

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  • Cough, Cold and Flu Season is Here!

    Dear Students and Parent, 

    Please remember that, at heart, Mountain Oaks is a homeschool/independent study program, so please do not feel that you have to bring sick students (or parents) to school. 

    Our attendance is based on the work completed by students in the home setting . . . not whether they are in class . . . so please be courteous to others, and kind to yourself and your family, by staying home if you or yours are sick.


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  • Papa Murphy's Fundraiser

    Sell or buy Papa Murphy's Fundraising Cards!  This is a great deal!  Each card sells for $5 and we get $4 to directly benefit our school. This fundraiser begins on February 14 and ends on March 19, 2018.

    Students can pick a prize for every three cards sold and three students with the highest sales will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card.  Click here for a flyer with more fundraising information.

    The Drama groups in San Andreas and Tuolumne are also selling Papa Murphy's pizza cards to raise money for Drama. (The selling of these cards do not qualify students to earn rewards.)

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  • Free Dental Care

    Click here for a flyer with more information.

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  • Spring 2018 San Andreas Workshop Schedule

    The Spring 2018 San Andreas Workshop Schedule is postedd here.  If you were already enrolled in a workshop last semester, you may just continue to attend.  If you wish to drop a workshop that you were in or add a new workshop, please fill out an Add-Drop slip which is available at the front desk. Please note that all workshops now have a size cap.  Those who sign up after a workshop is full, will be kept on a waiting list and notified if there is an opening in the class. 

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  • Fundraisers

    This is a busy time for everyone and most of us will be spending some time shopping.  There are a couple really good ways to help support the school while doing nothing more than your regular shopping.

    Amazon Smile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

    eScrip: eScrip is the best way to raise funds for the organizations you want to support. After you’ve signed up, earning is easy - just shop at thousands of eScrip merchants online, and grocers and drug stores in your town.  The merchants then donate a portion of the proceeds to your chosen organization.

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  • Athletic Fundraiser

    Mountain Oaks Athletics is doing a fundraiser.  Please click here for a list of items available.  The school must order a minimum of 40 items and we will receive $3.00 per item as a school fundraiser.  Please order either directly from their website or with your site secretary and make checks payable to Mountain Oaks School.

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  • Great Video Explaining "Why is Math Different Now"

    Click here to watch this explanation by Dr. Raj Shah explaining why math is taught differently than it was in the past.  It helps address misconceptions about the "new math". 

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  • Put Mountain Oaks Website on Your Phone for Easy Access

    Both iPhone and Android users can access the school website by downloading the CCOE app, rather than searching for the website through a web browser. 

    For iPhone users the CCOE app can be found in the Apple Store. For Android users the CCOE app can be found in Google Play. The app is free. After downloading you can choose to have a login and password or skip this option. You will also have the option to choose the CCOE website or Mountain Oaks School. 

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  • Employment Opportunities Available:
    Mountain Oaks School has classified and certificated positions available. Interested applicants may apply on EdJoin at:

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  • Free Counseling

    Counseling is available at NO COST to Calaveras County parents who are uninsured or have other insurance barriers. This program, offered by First 5 Calaveras is for parents who have children ages birth to 17 years of age. To find out more contact Cristi Canepa at Mind Matters 728-2184, or Joyce Peek at First 5 Calaveras 754-6916.

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  • Kick-Off Kamp Resources

    Click here for handouts and other resources from Kick-Off Kamp. Items will be added to this page as available.

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  • Covered California

    Please click here for information about medical insurance through Covered California.

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  • RSS and ICAL icons on the Calendar:

    NEW on the calendar. Click on the RSS and ICAL icons on the calendar for directions.
    RSS or ICAL can be subscribed to and the Mountain Oaks School calendar events will be added to your own personal calendar.  
    Questions? Call Jean at (209) 754-0532  ext. 2226 or email at
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  • Contact Webmaster

    To email the webmaster and request that your child's name or photograph NOT appear on the Mountain Oaks Website, click on the "Questions or Feedback?" button in the green bar at the bottom of this page.
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Accredited by WASC since June, 1998.

  • WASC
    In May 2014, we received K-12th accreditation through June 30, 2020!


  • Welcome
    Mountain Oaks offers the best of independent study at home, on-site classes and online educational opportunities. Our program focuses on providing an individualized, unique, high quality and standards-based learning plan for each student that includes flexibility through varied curriculum, individualized support and innovative opportunities. We honor parent and student choice, in the context of accountability to meet or exceed State/Common Core Standards. Each student and their family works with a fully credentialed teacher who focuses on optimizing the student's potential. As Mountain Oaks is a public charter school, there are no enrollment or tuition fees charged.

    To enroll, call Samantha at
    1-888-686-6257 ext. 2258

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