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Home of the Miners

French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary School is a one-school district located in French Gulch, which is seventeen miles west of Redding. We are in the third year of a transition to a full Montessori curriculum. We provide a broad cultural experience through Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA). Professionals teach music at all grade levels each week. Students are involved with authentic instruction through numerous field experiences, collaborations with local resource agencies, and connections to local historical sites. Instruction in the arts, life skills instruction and garden education are cornerstones of student learning that we pursue. The integration of subject matter with life skills is a common strategy to address multiple grade levels and meet common core standards. Curriculum and resources are aligned to meet all state and national requirements.

The school acts as a primary hub and facility for the community of French Gulch. The area is rich in natural and historical resources. During the summer of 2004, a massive forest fire devastated the local hills and many of the homes around French Gulch; one of the school watershed programs had students involved with recovery efforts and data collection. Whiskeytown National Park, which is within the district boundaries, provides a wealth of support for the students and staff as does the Western-Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD). The students and staff have developed a native plants/butterfly garden and a nutrition garden. French Gulch has two of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Shasta County, a number of cemeteries dating to the 1800’s, as well as operating examples of placer and hard-rock mining.