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Welcome to Charter Home Study Academy!

We offer an outstanding K-8 public school option for families wanting to home school their children and our school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  Each family works with a highly qualified teacher to support their studies at home.  Parents and students meet with their teacher on a regular basis for resources, assessment, support and discussions of student progress.  Teachers and parents work collaboratively to ensure that each student’s academic needs are met.  We follow the California State Content Standards and curriculum is provided for all grade levels.

Additionally, students can choose the option of attending classes two days per week in core subject areas with work assigned for completion on the home days.  Classes provide an opportunity for students to learn, interact, and collaborate with their peers.

Several family events and fieldtrips are held each year, providing enriching experiences while enhancing our school’s sense of community.  If you would like to schedule an individual information appointment, please contact us.

What's New?

May Lunch Menu

May Menu (Spanish)

Eighth Grade Information


 2018-2019 Year book on sale now!

Closing Out 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

Dear CHSA Families,

First,  let me take a moment to thank you for being a part of Charter Home Study Academy family. We are appreciative of your support and for you sharing your children with us.

As we wrap-up our fall semester, we’d like to look back and note some of the highlights. We are continuing to better serve our students in a variety of ways:

•We have added a 6th-8th grade Math Expansion period that provides additional math instruction and an opportunity to work collaboratively with peers. More information can be found in the news section of our website, chsa.edcoe.org 

•The caseload model has been adjusted for 6th-8th grade students which led to increased efficiency and support for the needs of our middle school families.

•Our wonderful staff continued to learn practices to best serve our students including training on Trauma Informed Practice with Children, Mathematical Practices to Foster Instructional Routines, Relevant Rigor in Math, and Bridges Out of Poverty. We also have two teachers attending the EDCOE Leadership Academy.

•Our teachers spearheaded a number of field trips to help students to broaden student learning, including visits the CA Children’s Theater, iFly Indoor Skydiving, We Rock the Spectrum indoor gym, and Apple Hill.

•Our school-wide events were wonderfully attended including the Fall Mixer for 6th-8th Grade, 20th Annual Craft Faire (featured in the Mountain Democrat), and Winter Send-Off.

•CHSA had a Cross Country team that participated in the county-wide league – 3rd-grade boys came in 3rd place in the small school category of the league.

Looking forward to the spring semester, a number of noteworthy programs and events will begin in 2019.

•Taiko drumming will be a new elective offered to students. This elective is offered at no other school in the county.

•We are excited to welcome Julie Makar, who will join the staff in January and will be taking over the 6th-grade science classes.

•After school Drama class is currently preparing for a spring production.

•The Book Fair and annual Read-a-thon will be held in January.
School resumes on January 7th.  We wish you and your family a wonderful winter break and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Best regards,
Dianne Deitchman, Principal

Taiko Drumming

We are thrilled to bring Taiko drumming to our students in coordination with our two sister programs on campus, Charter University Prep (CUP) and Charter Connections Academy (CCA).  Taiko performance consists of an ensemble playing on different drums incorporating many components of technical rhythm.  Taiko is unique and fun.  It can be learned and enjoyed by students of any age and ability level and students can quickly participate in learning a song.  As students continue with the art, complexity and high levels of performance can be attained. 

Currently, no one in the county is teaching Taiko or has a Taiko team.  We envision exposing students to Taiko in early elementary grades and give them an opportunity to join a class in grades 6-8.  As the program builds, they can participate, compete and perform demonstrations in our community and region. Public performances at various community events, regional competitions, and other schools in our area will be venues for our students to highlight their new skills and offers opportunities to interact in their community.

Our plan is to host two Taiko classes during spring semester as well as put on several workshops for our K-8 homeschool students.  The classes will be open to CHSA students in grades 6-8 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The class options for 6th – 8th are as follows:

Tuesday/Thursday – 1:05-2:00


Tuesday/Thursday – 2:05-3:15

Both classes will have junior high and high school students from CUP and CCA, in addition to CHSA.

K-5 classes will have workshops during spring semester.  Dates and times will be announced when the schedule is finalized.

If you are interested in signing up your 6th – 8th grade student for one of these classes, please contact Janet in the office by next Wednesday, December 12th

Check out these videos.  This Japanese high school ensemble and Drum Tao, one of the best Taiko ensembles in the world.  


Charter Home Study Academy Craft Faire celebrates 20 years

On Thursday, November 15th, the Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) program celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual Student Craft Faire, where student entrepreneurs peddled their wares to customers of all ages. Each booth, staffed by a student crafter between transitional kindergarten and eighth-grade, sold handmade products such as jewelry, toys, cuisine, and decorations. By having students create and run their own business, the Craft Faire aligns to CHSA's mission of building and applying foundational skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.

“In order to participate, students must submit a business plan that outlines their products, prices, and marketing strategy,” said school administrator Dianne Deitchman. “In doing so, students gain valuable experience in creative thinking, economics, and money management.”

After selling their wares, vendors visited classmates’ booths to barter and purchase goods. Students also received prizes in categories such as Master Entrepreneurs, Best Marketing, Best Display, and Most Innovative Products.


1st Place: Master Entrepreneur - Peyton Smith, 3rd grade, patriotic signs

2nd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Riley Smith, 6th grade, western-themed decorations

3rd Place: Master Entrepreneur - Abby Montgomery, 8th grade, hot cocoa & desserts

Best Display:  Evelyn Shugart, 3rd grade, created a tiny bedroom to display her doll pillows

Best Marketing: Hunter Tranum, 7th grade, superhero & Disney truffles

Most Innovative Product: Kadence Gobble, 8th grade, decorative succulents

Best Slogan: Levi Morton, 6th grade, “Take a ride on the sugar side

Best Logo: Riley Smith, 6th grade, “Lucky Buckaroo

Peyton Smith, winner of the Master Entrepreneur award with her storefront, Peyton’s Patriotic Signs, made an impact on the judges with her business cards, slogan, and overall theming, decorating her booth in red, white, and blue as well as wearing clothing featuring stars and stripes. “I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to sell this year,” noted Smith. “My brother won last year, so I worked hard to put as much effort into my store as he did. I was happy with my store and how I supported our country while learning about business.” 

The CHSA program, which is located at the Charles Brown campus, provides significant support and resources for families who choose to homeschool their children. Students have the option to attend classes in core content areas, or do their studies entirely at home, guided by parents and supported by credentialed teachers.

More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.


 Peyton Smith, third grade, Master Entrepreneur winner, selling her wares with her siblings


Hunter Tranum, seventh grade, best marketing winner, displaying his themed chocolates

Evelyn Shugart, third grade, with her award-winning doll pillow display 

Charter Home Study Academy’s Innovative Math Program Yields Positive Results

Thanks to a new, innovative math support program at Charter Home Study Academy - students, parents, and teachers are seeing increased academic engagement and performance this year.  The positive results are reflected in students’ real-world understanding and excitement about math.

“I like math in this new class!” said 3rd grader Evelyn Shughart. “We do lots of activities and games that make math way more fun!”

As a means to support parents teaching math at home, Kindergarten through 5th-grade classes added an hour a week of conceptual and visual math instruction, while students in grades 6-8 supplement core classes with an extra period devoted to math exploration and discovery.

“Parents appreciate our ability to build on foundational math skills vital for student success,” noted Program Administrator Dianne Deitchman. “Our program provides an unparalleled amount of support for home school students to succeed in rigorous mathematics courses.”

Students strengthen their math skills through engaging conceptual and visual instructional strategies.  For example, 3rd-grade teacher Laurie Powell recently taught her students the concept of a perimeter by having them surround various items in the class with different lengths of string.  

“The new classes are showing students that solving real-world math problems can be fun,” noted 6th-grade teacher Julie Donner. “Students are enjoying the new courses and readily applying what they learn. The average score of our last chapter test was 27% higher than last year.”

Charter Homes Study Academy’s unique program serves TK through 8th-grade families who homeschool their children. Classes are offered for a portion of the week so that students can receive direct instruction and support from credentialed teachers while collaborating with peers.

More information about the Charter Home Study Academy program can be found at chsa.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 622-6984.

Adriana Santana, Maddox Greco, Steven Hernandez, and Ally Summers collaborating during Math Expansion

 Evelyn Shughart practicing newly learned math skills

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