(Oroville) The dream has become reality for innovative parents and educators who have found a home for Oroville’s newest public school. On August 12th, the school bell will ring for the first time at the new STREAM Charter School at Feather River Village at 463 Oro Dam Blvd.
STREAM stands for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics, and is designed to prepare students to be confident, creative 21st century thinkers equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The new kindergarten through eighth grade school is aligned with California’s next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards, and is free and open to a cross section of the Oroville community.
Students will be challenged to become part of a technology rich class room environment, with extended school days and hands on learning, with an emphasis on problem solving skills and discovery opportunities. “Our goal is to encourage academic excellence, critical thinking skills and collaboration” said Don Phillips, Director of STREAM Charter School. “We want to foster curiosity and hands on activities that will apply math, literacy, social studies and arts to real life situations” he said.
“This new facility fits our needs in terms of total size, flexibility, and establishing our unique identity as STREAM” said Toby Erickson, a sixth grade teacher who helped lead the exhaustive site selection search. “The building owners have committed to an extensive remodeling project that will create nearly new facilities for our students with over 14,000 square feet of classroom, multi-purpose, and office space”, he said. “Our entire portion of the facility will include wireless technology for student devices and classroom presentations”.
STREAM received its charter approval on August 28, 2013 from the Oroville City Elementary School District. Currently there is an online waiting list for interested students at http://streamcharter.org/
STREAM Charter School was represented by Mike Donnelly of Coldwell Banker Commercial who provided site location and leasing services. The Landlord was represented by Bud Tracy of Tracy Realty Company who handled site design and project management services, as well as leasing services. The remodel project to bring the facilities up to current school standards is being handled by Slater & Son Construction and architectural and engineering services are being provided by Chad Finch of Russell Gallaway, Associates inc.