Shade Canyon, a New Public Charter School, to Open in Kelseyville Fall 2022

On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, local nonprofit Shade Canyon School gained authorization to become a tuition-free, Waldorf-inspired public charter in Kelseyville, Calif. Shade Canyon School will open in September of 2022 with grades transitional kindergarten through third grade, then expand by one grade each year until it offers a full TK-8 program. The school’s curriculum is designed to educate students’ head, heart, and hands through hands-on learning, integrated subjects, outdoor exploration, movement, storytelling, practical skills, and the arts.

Shade Canyon School will offer all Lake County families an additional, unique choice for tuition-free, public education. A time-tested model, Waldorf is the basis for over 1,000 schools worldwide. Waldorf students become critical thinkers who are curious about the world, connected to their communities, and confident shaping them. Although California contains 49 Waldorf-style schools (including two options in Ukiah, one in Napa, and a handful in Sonoma County), none are within easy driving distance for Lake County families. 

Shade Canyon School’s authorization reflects the wishes of 86 Lake County families who signed the Shade Canyon School charter petition in May 2021.

“We are delighted that Shade Canyon will be part of the landscape of Lake County public education,” says co-founder Morgan Chinnock.

Enrollment information and school location details will be shared in the coming months. In the meantime, interested parents may fill out Shade Canyon’s Community Interest Survey at

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