The Grove School
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|The Grove School|
|11126 Iowa Street (Farm- Junior High School Campus), 200 Nevada Street (High School Campus)
|School type||Charter School, Secondary|
|Established||1998 (High School), 2003 (Farm-Middle School)|
|School district||Redlands Unified School District|
|Enrollment||87 (Farm-Middle School), 115 (High School), 202 (Total)|
|Color(s)||Green, Black, and Silver
The Grove School is a Montessori-based public charter school located in Redlands, California, United States. The school serves grades 7–12 on two distinct but interdependent campuses. Based on Montessori theory and practice, the Grove School accepts children from families in the Redlands School District, and those in surrounding communities. This small school (approx. 200 total enrollment) enables students to work together on academic, civic and community projects, both on- and off-campus. Community service, internships, sports and memberships in leadership organizations are offered, together with preparation for a wide variety of college programs. Approximately 98% of the graduating classes in the past two years have enrolled in higher education immediately after high school.
School structure and campuses
The high school (grades 10–12) was founded in 1998 and is on the campus of the Montessori in Redlands school. The Farm School campus (grades 7–9) was founded in 2003 and is a working farm, run by students. The classrooms are housed in the old farm house and its associated outbuildings. The land is part of the Heritage Park Historical District in Redlands and includes facilities for small livestock and basic agricultural crops. The Farm campus now includes the historic Barton School House. Built in 1901, it is one of the oldest buildings in Redlands. It was moved from its original location on Alabama St to its Heritage Park location on the Farm School campus. It is slowly being renovated for use as a school building. Ninth grade farm students are slowly incorporated into the high school community over the course of the year.
The Grove School follows the Montessori philosophy that students learn best by "doing." To that end, the two campuses associated with Grove are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each stage of a student's development.
The farm is a setting for 12- to 15-year-old students that combines intellectual work with meaningful physical activity. Students are provided the opportunity to work on a farm in order to develop physically.
The high school focuses on the standard University of California A–G college-prep curriculum as well as working to deepen the understanding of its students about the world at large. Teachers utilize a variety of teaching and evaluation methodologies that encourage both individual excellence and cooperative group work. Each trimester, students also participate in an activity called "praxis," in which they synthesize their class work and extracurricular knowledge to answer prompts through essays and presentations. Numerous AP classes are offered each year as well.
The average SAT score for The Grove School is 1320, though some students have gotten up to a 2250, while the average ACT score is 17.
The Grove is also a California Distinguished School.
Redlands Daily Facts
The Grove School has been mentioned several times in The Redlands Daily Facts, a local newspaper, for the farm's activities. Participating in the school's sports teams, working at the Barton School House, and working with the Grove Community. They often have community field trips, such as their locally known wheelchair trip, where the students who attend have to stay in a wheelchair for the day and go to the nearby shopping center, and visit local colleges often.
- ASB/Student Council
- STAR (Support The Artistic Ravens)
- SOAR (Support Our Athletic Ravens)
- Speech and Debate
- National Honor Society
- Music Club
- Metal Club
- International Thespian Society
- Art Club
- Gaming Club
- Math Club
- Global Awareness Club/ Model United Nations
- Mental Health Awareness Club
- Young America's Foundation
- Rotary Interact Service Club
- Pride Club
- International Thespians Society
- National Honors Society
- Music Ensemble
The Grove School offers multiple sports to both middle school and high school students. Grove is a member of CIF-SS and competes in multiple leagues.
- Majestic League
- Inland Coast League (Boys Volleyball)
- Victory League (Varsity Soccer)
- Mountain Valley League (Middle School)
High School teams (9-12)
- Basketball (Boys)
- Cross Country (Boys)
- Cross Country (Girls)
- Soccer (Boys/Co-ed)
- Volleyball (Girls)
- Volleyball (Boys)
Middle School teams (7-8)
Colors and Mascot
- Colors: Green, Black, and Silver
- Mascot: Raven