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New thematic-based, K-6 school opens its doors in the Lake Chelan Valley

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Students of the new Roots Community School which opened its doors on Sep. 5, 2017, in Chelan. (Photo courtesy of Roots Community School)

On September 5, 2017, the new Roots Community School opened its doors. Roots Community School offers a multi-age (K-6), thematic-based education in the Lake Chelan Valley. Twelve students are enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year, and capacity for three more students remains.

Roots Community School builds upon a long history of independent education according to Lead Educator Rachel Robison. She taught at the Chelan Valley Independent School for eight years and taught five years at Morgan Owings Elementary.

“I am excited to be working with kids and parents to create the Roots Community School,” Robison said. “We have excellent educational opportunities in this valley, and Roots aims to contribute to this excellence.”

Roots Board Member Guy Evans enrolled his daughter Jessie in Roots School. “Jessie came home from the second day of school very excited about a certain math problem,” Evans reported.

He further explained that the older kids were challenged to use four 4’s and any operations (+,-,*,/) to write equations that produce the numbers from 1 to 20 as the answer. “That excitement about learning is core to the Root’s mission,” Evans said.

Roots School is currently held in the classrooms of the Living Stone Church. The Roots Board is working to secure a long-term location and expand enrollment. Tuition is $5,500 per child.

Interested parents can email rachelr@rootscommunityschool.com for more information. Also visit the website at RootsCommunitySchool.com

(By Christine Eagar, submitted by Guy Evans)

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