Summer vacation is drawing to an end, and another school year begins Wednesday, Aug. 13, for both public and many private schools.
The Tehachapi Unified School District includes Cummings Valley Elementary School, Golden Hills and Tompkins Elementary Schools, Jacobsen Middle School, Tehachapi High School, and Monroe Continuation High School, all opening on Aug. 13.
Abernathy Collegiate Charter School will kick off the 2014-15 school year with a back-to-school orientation, to be held Thursday, Aug. 14. Pizza and drinks will be sold during the event starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation from teachers, words from administration, and student performance at 6 p.m. The first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 18.
Meanwhile, other Tehachapi-area schools are getting ready to open their doors in just a few weeks.
Carden Academy School will resume classes on Wednesday, Sept. 3, with welcome meetings set for different age groups throughout the week of Sept. 8. An all school family picnic will be held Saturday, Sept. 6.
Mojave River Academy begins its school year on Friday, Aug. 29. Mojave River Academy serves students kindergarten through 12th grade. It offers both a traditional independent study program as well as an online curriculum. It is chartered by Oro Grande School District in San Bernardino County.
Heritage Oak School begins its school year Sept. 2. Heritage Oak is a private school serving grades kindergarten through 12th, and was granted WASC accreditation in June 2008 for students grades 7 through 12. Students are offered a classical Christian education.
Valley Oak Charter School of Tehachapi will open its doors on Monday, Aug. 18, and serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Valley Oaks Charter School is a parent choice and parent participation, tuition free-charter where parents, teachers and the community work together to educate one student at a time, operated under charter from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office.
Hope Academy is Tehachapi's newest charter school, and will begin Monday, Aug. 25. Located at 20601 W. Valley Blvd (Highway 202), Suite A105, the fully accredited charter school is a tuition free. Hope serves students kindergarten through 12th grade. It is chartered by Morongo Unified School District in Yucca Valley (Riverside County); its Tehachapi location is the newest of nine centers.
Students at the Farmworker Institute for Education and Leadership Development (FIELD), are also headed back to school this week. Open to individuals 18 to 25 years of age, Tehachapi's only adult charter school allows students to participate in paid work experience programs and graduate with a high school diploma.
And for the first time in many years, college classes will be held in Tehachapi. Cerro Coso College, headquartered in Ridgecrest and part of the Kern Community College District, has limited offerings in Tehachapi this fall with classes set to begin Aug. 23.