What a great school makes

“But isn’t that school for drug addicts and losers?”

Recent parent response to inquiry about her son attending Creekside High School.

We hear it from the parents, from other teachers and sometimes from the students themselves. For many years, I really didn’t care about the perception, knowing that I was doing a good job, the students were reengaging in learning and happy to have the autonomy that an alternative school setting affords.

This year is different, maybe because I’m seeing a little clearer, maybe because I’m tired of hearing comments by ignorant peers and maybe because I just want a little more respect for my co-teachers, my students and myself.

Creekside is a true alternative school; it is an alternative to SVHS. Founded about 20 years ago where the charter school is now, we moved from there to portables by Natheson Creek (thus the name Creekside), to portables in the high school parking lot (after the flood), to our current location in the L wing on the Sonoma Valley High School campus.

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