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Sacramento Region Community Foundation 

RCS is the recipient of a grant from the Peter P. Bollinger Family Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

Bill Graham Memorial Foundation

RCS has also received a grant from the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.

Toyota Tapestry - Grants for Science Teachers

RCS was awarded a science grant by Toyota Tapestry

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will my child do in another school environment after graduating from RCS?
The social and emotional knowledge that they build at RCS helps them to relate to their new peers and teachers. They know how to work independently as well as in groups so they quickly locate what they need to function in their new environment.

I went to a public school and my neighbors all send their kids to public school. What does RCS do that is so different?
Due to our small size and focus on the individual, it is much easier for us to adapt our environment to the child rather than forcing the child to take on more than he or she is ready to tolerate. The parents, teachers, students, and even siblings of students here are made to feel as part of a team to support the child in their growth and development.


How does RCS encourage the child to develop their interests? Don't you follow a pre-set curriculum?
We take a decidedly active and hands-on approach to learning within each curriculum area with games, experiments, field trips, and guest speakers. Every school system adapts the California State Frameworks to its area; we are able to refine it even more by adapting it to small classes. Our specific methodologies and curriculum areas are described in the RCS Handbook for Parents.

How do you know what the students need without tests and grades?
Since our teachers have time and expertise to work with the children individually, in pairs, in small groups, and even in large groups, they are able to observe the student's progress on many levels. They then work with the children to establish goals and assess growth together. Individual conferences with students, teachers, and parents assure that assessment is understood by all the participants.

Without specific rewards and punishments, how do students behave?
The students are given responsibilities and choices in their classrooms in accordance with their developmental age. The teachers set behavioral expectations and model those behaviors for the class. The children are shown effective ways of conflict resolution and guided in that process by teachers and parents. We have found that students who share responsibiliies and make decisions feel more responsible for themselves and each other.

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