Educational Institutions

Chrysalis Charter School

  • Redding, CA
  • www.chrysalischarterschool.com

Mission Statement

We are developing for dissemination public education which encourages the light within each student to shine brighter. Characteristics are: small school, multi-year relations with several teachers, an assumption that each student has a unique potential which we are to help nourish, teaching for understanding which oftens translates into hands-on, project-based learning, immersion in nature, time for reflection, teaching that responds to feedback from students, systems thinking, teaching to a child's developmental level rather than age expectation, family involvement (lots of toddlers accompanying their moms within our school).

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Mr. Paul Krafel

Keywords

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charter school, museum school, environmental education, student centered, kind, systems thinking

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EIN

81-0569209

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Chrysalis is a public, chartered school located on the grounds of Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Arboretum educating about 95 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

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CHRYSALIS CHARTER SCHOOL
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Chrysalis Charter School

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Principal Officer

Mr. Paul Krafel

BIO

Paul Krafel is co-founder, teacher, and administrator of Chrysalis Charter School. Several strands of experience led him to create Chrysalis. The first is a unique understanding of systems thinking as developed through deep immersion in nature, including seven years with the National Park Service. This led to a book, Seeing Nature, which Donella Meadows characterized as "It is indeed a book written by a careful observer of nature, but what Krafel observes is pattern and dynamics and enduring sytems principles." The second strand is teaching experience, beginning again with the National Park Service. This led to four years at the Farm School, U.C.I.'s lab school which was followed by ten years as the education director of Carter House Natural Science Museum. Part of that job was the creation and field-testing of natural science curricula, funded through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students' enthusiastic response to these investigations combined with a systems thinking analysis of public education led to the formulation of Chrysalis Charter School as a very different model for public education.

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