The Woolman Semester School

Tel: (530)273-3183
  • The Woolman Semester is a high school semester studies program for juniors, seniors, and gap year students.
  • Through a focus on the issues of peace, justice, and sustainability, the Woolman Semester enriches a typical high school curriculum with seminar-style course work and experiential opportunities that promote life-long learning, personal growth and intellectual commitment.
  • Students and staff spend much of the day in small, rigorous academic classes, with substantial time devoted to the hands-on work of the community: the garden and orchard, the kitchen, and the forest.
  • We engage with the world through community events, experiential learning opportunities, local service projects and presentations on our work.
  • Sierra Friends Center is a non-profit organization committed to stewarding diverse learning communities and educational programs which weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability, and social action.
  • Sierra Friends Center hosts the Woolman Semester School, Camp Woolman, Rentals and Retreats, and Grass Valley Friends Meeting.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades 11-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMost

Student Body

Total Students18 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeThe Woolman Semester School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,000
Tuition NotesSliding scale tuition costs.

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