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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Butterfield Charter School Independent Study program. The mission of our WASC Accredited, Independent Study program is to create 21st century learners, who are prepared for life after high school through personalized, student-centered instruction that is focused on adaptability, responsibility, ethical behaviors and self-management. 

We are committed to making academics both personal and relevant for each student. We have incorporated online and seat-based learning to create a blended program, while maximizing time with teachers who foster students’ academic and personal growth. 

Students at BCS complete courses independently, outside the classroom setting and under the supervision of a credentialed teacher. Students attend weekly class appointments with their assigned teacher to assess their learning and to turn in their completed, assigned work. Students have the opportunity to engage in a "college-like" experience in our seat-based program with small class sizes.

BCS offers articulated college classes through Porterville College in which students have the opportunity to earn college credit and elective credit on the Butterfield site. BCS also offers an art course and additional tutoring for students.

With a flexible schedule, students have the ability to earn credit toward graduation while working, attending college, or volunteering in the community. BCS has four satellite sites in the following communities to ensure we are reaching all students:  Tule River Indian Reservation, Strathmore, Terra Bella, and Woodville. 

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


Dawn Crater, Principal

Butterfield Charter School