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New Charter School to Soon Open in Santee

The Montessori-based school caters to home-school students and is holding open house meetings.

Santee students will soon have another option for learning, a charter school-based on a Montessori Learning Center program serving grades K-3.

Dehesa Charter School, which serves home-school families in the San Diego, Riverside and Orange County areas, is opening the Santee Learning Center on Oct. 29 for the 2012-2013 school year.

An open house and informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday, October 23 and Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Santee Learning Center, 9580 Carlton Hills Blvd. An overview of the Montessori Learning Center program will be discussed for families who are interested in enrollment. 

Montessori classrooms are multi-aged, and this school's classrooms will have grades 1-3 together. 

"The Montessori environment is one that is student centered, students help each other, and students choose materials and subjects of interests," said Director of Academic Planning Roland Yung. "Montessori education truly teaches lifelong learning as students stimulus and motivation from learning is developed internally," he said.

Students will attend the Learning Center Monday through Thursday, and may complete their Independent Study work on-site on Fridays, if they prefer. Grades 4 and 5 plan to be added for the 2013-2014 school year. 

According to Dehesa Charter School, students will participate in a variety of hands-on projects including gardening, model construction, community service, field trips, and more. In line with Montessori philosophy, the development of the whole child is considered and students will be encouraged to become independent learners with a strong sense of communal responsibility. 

As a public charter school, all students that apply to Dehesa Charter School are eligible for acceptance based on enrollment openings. 

For more information or to apply for this program, please visit www.mydehesa.org or call (760) 743-7880. 

Dehesa Charter School contributed to this post

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