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Principal's Message

“The universe created you for a reason,

now go out there and find out what it is.”

~ Nikita Gill, Tumblr


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Butterfield Charter School, an alternative education program at PUSD. The mission of our WASC Accredited, Alternative and Independent Studies program is to create 21st century learners, who are prepared for life after high school through personalized, student-centered instruction that is focused on academic achievement, life skills, personal wellness, adaptability and being a person of character.


We are committed to making academics both personal and relevant for each student. We have incorporate online and blended learning and expanded our direct-instruction (seat based) course offerings to ensure maximum time with teachers who foster students’ social and emotional well-being as well as their academic and personal growth.


Students at BCS complete courses independently, outside of the classroom setting and under the supervision of a credentialed teacher. High school credits are earned by students completing homework using textbooks, then taking tests during a weekly appointment with assigned teacher. Students can also complete credits through the online learning platform, Edgenuity or direct instruction courses. With this flexible schedule, students have the ability to complete credits toward graduation while working, attending college, or volunteering in the community. Students also attend BCS for medical reasons, or personal/family obligations, or to earn a high school diploma at an accelerated pace. BCS has three (3) satellite sites in the following communities to ensure we are reaching all students: Tule River Indian Reservation, Strathmore, and Terra Bella.


If you have any questions regarding BCS, please feel free to contact us. The faculty, staff and I are honored to work with Independent Studies students and parents and we look forward to an amazing school year!


Dawn Crater