About Us

About Us

Since opening in 2001, La Vida Charter School has offered a unique program of independent study, supported by child centered, culturally rich, Waldorf inspired, on-site classes two days per week. Serving grades K through 12 and WASC accredited with a maximum enrollment of 99, La Vida functions as a small school alternative for residents of Mendocino County and surrounding areas. The school is located on the beautiful and historic Ridgewood Ranch, Home of Seabiscuit, between Willits and Ukiah on Highway 101.


What Makes La Vida Special?

  • A safe, supportive, and relaxed environment
  • A beautiful location
  • One or two days of structured group classes, instead of five days
  • Classes present academics through social engagement
  • Field science is learned out-of-doors on a 5000 acre ranch
  • Small class size, with 11 to 1 pupil teacher ratio
  • Rural and alternative lifestyles served
  • Flexible yet structured
  • Personalized and adaptive education with includes standards
  • Parents have choices and participate in child’s education
  • Holistic educational approaches support kinesthetic learners
  • Whole child achievement is valued, not just test scores
  • High and low achieving students are valued


Students Who May Benefit the Most

  • Students who want an opportunity to pursue special educational interests
  • Students who need alternatives to the regular curriculum offered at traditional schools
  • Students who have exceptional academic or creative talents and wish to participate in an in-depth program