About Phoenix Charter Academy
Phoenix Charter Academy (PCA) is a K–12 independent study homeschool chartered by Whitmore Union Elementary School District in northern California.
PCA provides a voluntary public educational choice for families who want to educate their children in a rigorous blended learning program that is personalized and built to fit their individual child’s needs. PCA provides educational options to serve the learning and developmental needs of individual students and their families who seek choices and greater involvement in the education of their children. Highly qualified teachers work together with students and their parents to assess student needs, interests, and learning styles. We work together to plan thoroughly for academic excellence through a combination of program choices that can include independent study, enrichment classes, concurrent enrollment with college courses, site-based CORE instruction, online curriculum, science labs, and many other learning opportunities. All students have access to PCA’s robust on-site curriculum library, and other community-based instructional opportunities.
The mission of PCA is to provide a variety of innovative teaching methods and opportunities for teachers, parents, students, and community members to improve pupil outcomes. Using a variety of learning opportunities and highly trained credentialed staff, we partner with the parent to create a learning path for each individual student.
Shasta College courses
Independent study resources
Resource center classes
California standards-based instruction
Our blended model offers a menu of options for families to choose from at our resource center. These choices include up to two days per week of direct, systematic instruction with state-adopted common core curriculum, or enrichment classes for one day per week, to simply add to what the parent is doing at home. Students have the support and accountability of a teacher of record that they meet with every two to three weeks. During these meetings, students receive one-on-one tutoring if necessary and parents benefit from a parent-teacher conference—not just once per year, but on a regularly scheduled basis. The teacher of record issues grades three times a semester in a school information grading system and all grades, attendance, and other reporting is tracked within this system. This allows PCA and its staff to be highly accountable to the state and its sponsoring district. Testing is done on a regular basis following best practices in education, and this information is used to inform our instruction.
Communication is key—an ongoing dialogue ensures that the most effective strategies are employed for each student.
Families who might find this learning option effective are those where parents want to be highly involved in the daily learning of their children and want the support of a fully credentialed teacher, or those where students have special skills, talents, or interests. Personalized learning may also be suitable for students whose life circumstances prevent them from fully participating in traditional schools and for students with learning challenges who could be more effectively served in a personalized learning setting.
High school students can begin job training or general education coursework at Shasta College and concurrently earn high school credit. A program like PCA gives high school students more flexibility to accomplish these goals.
All coursework supports California state standards and mandated pupil assessments such as CAASPP testing. The curriculum emphasizes core academic subjects: English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. An assortment of student electives and enrichment programs that support visual and performing arts, physical education, vocational skills, technology, and other elective choices are also available. PCA Students must maintain a high standard of ethics and quality in their behavior and work. All students must address the standards of Phoenix Charter Academy and the State of California. No student will be denied admission based on ethnicity, creed, gender, national origin, socioeconomic profile, or disability.