About Redding School of the Arts

Redding School of the Arts is a charter school in northern California. The school believes when it comes to young minds, art enriches, expands and prepares them for a full life in useful and unexpected ways. Children who participate in music and arts programs often do better in other subjects than children who do not, and low achieving students engaged in a visual and performing arts program have better attendance, increased self-esteem, and cooperate more fully with teachers and peers.

For all their benefits, in these economic times, art and music programs are at risk all across the United States. It is time to face the music. You can play an instrumental role in keeping the arts alive in schools around the country!


Mission Statement:

At Redding School of the Arts, where education and the arts connect, we emphasize
creativity and foster strong relationships. Our students gain a foundation of confidence,
resourcefulness, and adaptability to navigate a successful future. We accomplish this
through academic rigor, diverse visual and performing arts opportunities, and character



We envision a multicultural campus where students develop academically, are confident
to explore creative expressions, and families are valued and connected.

Core Values:

Empowerment:  We empower students by providing diverse opportunities, nurturing
passions, and fostering lifelong learning.
Collaboration: We build a culture of collaboration and teamwork, where relationships are
valued, support is abundant, and we work together to achieve common goals.
Excellence: We strive for excellence in academics, arts education and language learning,
encouraging hard work, dedication, and continuous growth.
Inclusivity: We celebrate diversity, creating an inclusive and caring environment where
individuals from all backgrounds feel valued, respected, and supported.


Historical Information:

Redding School of the Arts opened its doors in August of 1999. The school was created at a time when local elementary school's visual and performing art programs were in rapid decline or nonexistent. The founders believe that education in its entirety is complete when the arts are included in the academic program and when students are instructed at their academic level. From this educational platform Redding School of the Arts was created. The school serves a diverse ethnic and social economic population reflecting the greater Redding area. However, the learning needs of our students are different. Students attending RSA have a real interest in the Arts. This often means students who are low academic achievers but excel in the arts or students who excel in academics and excel in the Arts choose to attend. The school has been able to document over time that low academic achievers are personally challenged academically and in the Visual and Performing Arts. Being a small school allows yearly adjustments to the school's class structure such as the combination of grade levels within the school or of the higher-level math classes to meet the students' educational needs.

Redding School of the Arts is recognized nationally for its innovative approach to special education. The educational model focuses on identifying students with exceptional needs as early as possible and meeting their educational needs in a proactive, preventive fashion. In fact, the school received a California Dissemination grant to share the knowledge of providing services to children in a positive direct model where by all students, including the talented and gifted students, benefit. The school has also received the California Creative Schools Award. This was the first time a charter school or an elementary had received such an award in California.