Children learn from pursuing questions and curiosity, from experiencing the world, from interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, from playing alone and together, from books and from experiences.
Raintree school is a K-5 micro school, based in the woods, with a school-in-the-world component as well. The school will be centered on student-led learning, with a strong social justice and science focus.
Raintree will provide curiosity-driven learning through a process of collaborative curriculum design. Students and teachers will work together throughout the year to build a curriculum that integrates students’ interests and builds vital skills and knowledge. Learning will be play-based and experiential. Core knowledge and skill development will include physical, social, and emotional development, introductory language/book and numerical/spatial skills, as well as science, engineering/construction, social justice education, and artistic expression. The school will incorporate and celebrate the experiences and cultures of the families and the wider community, including people of color, indigenous peoples, immigrants, people of a variety of religions, gender-expansive and queer folk, people with disabilities, and people with diverse family structures.
Raintree will meet primarily in Joaquin Miller Park, with regular field trips to the many learning opportunities in Oakland – museums, libraries, etc.
To ensure a high level of attention and personalized learning, the student-teacher ratio will be no more than 6:1 and the maximum class size is 12. Rae Goodman-Lucker is the lead teacher.
Homeschooling and Raintree
Raintree welcomes students who wish to utilize our program as a component of their homeschooling or unschooling experience. Scandent Learning is a Vendor with Visions Charter School and is in the process of getting approved as a provider with a number of local charter schools. If you’re interested in using your charter funds you cover your class fee for Scandent Science Lab, please contact Rae Goodman-Lucker.
Raintree also welcomes students who are enrolled in another preschool or school program and wish to enroll in Raintree as a complement to their existing program.
If you have any questions please contact us.
Safety and individual needs –
Raintree is an outdoors-based, exploratory learning experience. In order to maintain safety for all students in a mixed-age setting, there are a number of baseline expectations for participation. However, we also strive to accommodate students with a variety of developmental and learning differences. If your child does not meet these baseline expectations and you would like your child to participate in Raintree, please contact us so that we can discuss how we can make Raintree work for your child. Baseline expectations – children attending Raintree should be able to: Move across trails and uneven terrain. Use the bathroom independently. Understand spoken instructions. Follow simple rules and instructions, with reminders (e.g. Stay out of the street.) Communicate basic needs.
If your child has allergies, medical needs, or other needs that would require accommodation, please contact us to discuss the details.
For the health and safety of all participants, including those who may have medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to communicable illnesses, all students are required to provide records of having received up-to-date vaccinations or provide a valid medical exemption letter for the vaccine(s) they are unable to receive.
If you are interested in learning more about Raintree, please contact us.