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Rainshadow Community Charter High School has been going and growing for ten years now. You can check out our progress on our web site: www.rainshadowcchs.org. We have recruited and developed some very effective staff that works closely together as a team. We have developed a solid curriculum and have established a positive working relationship with Washoe County School District who sponsors us.
We moved to a new building and are now solar powered. We received grants from NV Energy and put $175,000 worth of solar on our roof and energy efficient, full spectrum lighting in the classrooms that help our electric bill and our students study.
We equipped the school with computers and net books so our students could access the web from anywhere in the building. We offer fine arts, drama, yoga, culinary arts as well as all of the core classes for an accredited high school.
We work with some intelligent and gifted students who often come to us credit deficient because of many issues they have like lack of family support, poverty, social differences and a lack of stability due to the economy.
We are a small, community school designed to give students more individual attention and we are project-based learning model. Our plan for sustainability was to develop business through the school and also develop a strong giving base to help keep us in the black. Due to the poor economy, our business has not taken off yet and we have had few donations. We also depend on per pupil funding as a resource, and that too has diminished over the years.
When we moved to our new location Four years ago, we gave all full time staff a 5% reduction in pay to meet the budget due to state cuts. They hadn’t had a raise since. We were beginning to lose some of our teachers because our salaries are much lower than the school districts. We had planned to close. Two foundations came to our rescue knowing we would close without adequate funding to pay staff. Redfield Foundation and another anonymous foundation gave us money for next year, but we need to become more financially sustainable.
This year, we cut our culinary arts program in half due to budget and we feed all of our students for free. We need to get that back to full speed and improve the quality of our meals.
In conclusion, our greatest year as a school almost was our last due to inadequate funding. We need your help. Make a donation today and put us on your giving list; so we may continue the great work we have started.