enrollment now open

It's finally happening! Enrollment has begun for the 2023-2024 school year, and we are so ready to welcome the first students to Kalmiopsis Community Arts High School.

January 1 - March 31
Priority enrollment

Early April
Lottery Drawing (if needed)

April 1 - ongoing
Open enrollment

August 28
First day of school

The first year of KCA is open to students in grades 9, 10, and 11 (12th grade will be added the following year). Any student who lives in Josephine and Jackson counties can enroll, including homeschooled students, houseless students, English Language Learners, students who are young parents, gender nonconforming students, students with disabilities, and students who have dropped out.

However, according to charter school law, only students who live within
Three Rivers School District boundaries and submit the Enrollment Form by March 31, 2023 are eligible for the lottery, which will be held if we receive more applications than the 16 seats/grade that we can accommodate. If we have enough space, everyone who submits an Enrollment Form by March 31 will be accepted.

Spread the word, please!

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location update

Should we start with the Good News or the Reality-Check News? Let's start with optimism.

  • The Good News: KCA's permanent home is Rusk Ranch Nature Center, a 50-acre wildlife preserve in Cave Junction. The forest, meadow, and Illinois River will be our outdoor classrooms for field research, outdoor learning with community teachers, and nature-centered performance, literary, and fine arts. Indoor learning will take place in modular classrooms, which will be shipped to the site and effectively look and feel like traditionally constructed classrooms ("portable classroom" technology has greatly advanced in recent years).
  • The Reality-Check News: The majority of charter schools don't begin in their permanent locations, and we will be no exception. KCA is funded by the state and will receive a set amount of funding for each enrolled student. Our first payments from the state won't arrive until the summer, which has made it difficult to pursue costly permits from the county and lease modular classrooms. We decided to seek a temporary location, which brings us to...
  • An Optimistic Conclusion: We are close to reaching an agreement with a local organization to lease their building for 1-2 years. It is located in Cave Junction and close to other schools, which will make it easy for KCA students to ride the same buses as other local students. KCA will have full autonomy, meaning that we will not need to make compromises in our curriculum, calendar, or creative use of the space. If all goes well with the lease agreement, we will reveal the organization's name and location soon.
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Kalmiopsis Community Arts High School

Teacher Leaders
Melissa DeNardo (she/her)

Ryan Forsythe (he/him)

Kaci Elder (she/her)


Kimiko Maglio (she/her)
Founding Board Chairperson

Art credits: Lady in the Mountain by Malin Townsend (upper image), Early Summer Azaleas by Justice Palacios (lower image).

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