Community & Learning
The culture of Chrysalis is one of respect and kindness, and we strive for this on all levels. We teach our students to value themselves, each other, their teachers and the larger global community around them. We teach the value of positive encouragement and good teamwork. We support our students in effective conflict management and communication to overcome problems, and incorporate social-emotional learning into our classrooms.
This commitment to respect, kindness and support does not only apply to the students. We call ourselves the “Chrysalis family” because students, staff, families and alumni are all part of an extended family, working and learning together in service to a common mission. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, younger and older siblings are welcome and encouraged to participate in our school.
We have many activities throughout the year that foster this sense of community. These include:
- field trips
- fall rafting trip on the Sacramento River
- winter holiday performance and silent dessert auction
- spring talent show
- family game night
- twice a year camping trips
- parent work days to improve the school
- and other community events organized by parents or staff (recently these have included family STEM night, poetry night, parents night out, and more)
We desire for students to leave Chrysalis prepared to make a positive contribution to the world and be able to fully participate as a citizen in our society. When students demonstrate leadership, make a difference, or persevere in solving a problem, the school celebrates. Community service inspires the best within us, and offers students an opportunity to practice citizenship. Chrysalis students participate in volunteer work all over Shasta County, from habitat restoration with the Department of Fish & Game, to working with the Haven Humane Society, to working with the City of Redding to raise awareness of local pollution.