The Cottonwood School (TCS) is a tuition-free, Montessori-inspired public high school in El Dorado Hills. The Cottonwood School seeks to cultivate and prepare students for the 21st century through project-based learning instructional pedagogy coupled with Montessori principles of teaching and learning.
The experiences students have in school, especially in high school, should mimic real-world expectations and scenarios. TCS gives students at the secondary level those experiences through robust, hands-on project-based learning programs, as well as extracurricular activities which include field trips and field work. We also look at the individual child and personalize his/her learning experience in a collaborative environment. With a 25:1 student to teacher ratio, there are more opportunities for greater interaction between staff and students during class time. By the time students graduate from TCS, students can easily transition into the college life or career they are passionate about.