San Lorenzo Valley Community School

San Lorenzo Valley Community School overview

San Lorenzo Valley Community School is lovingly known as “Highlands” by alumni, faculty, and current students. Highlands is a unique, experience-based learning environment for grades 7 – 12. Our location provides a therapeutic atmosphere on a riverfront park in the Santa Cruz Redwoods. Highlands is a nurturing educational experience for students requiring a safe, structured, supportive environment. Beyond individualized academics, our core focus is acceptance, compassion, and flexibility. Our faculty are not only experienced educators but also highly skilled community advocates who incorporate a trauma-informed approach, individual to each student. We believe strongly in providing opportunities for self-empowerment and building healthy life skills. With abundant creativity and love, Highlands has often been a life-changing experience.

School-Wide Goals

In Alternative Education, we strive to become more…
Curious – Engaged, knowledge-seeking, life-long learners.
Conscientious – Kind to ourselves, compassionate with  others, responsible to our communities, and active stewards of the environment.
Confident – Self-empowered, self-actualized, community and globally active individuals.

San Lorenzo Valley Community School
Phone: (831) 336-3165
Address: Highlands Park, 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95006
Grade: 7 through 12

May 21, 2012 Santa Cruz Sentinel article: Program helps students help steelhead, themselves.