Contact Guidance Counselor Ms. McLean asap
at or 530-268-2200.
Several first day of school no shows mean we now
have spots available that were previously taken.

Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning is a new, tuition-free, public charter high school located near downtown Grass Valley. We currently offer 9th - 12th grades. Through project-based, hands-on, college preparatory academics, students are asked to develop meaningful, authentic work and to push beyond what they once thought was possible. All students receive a Chromebook to work on at school and at home and we do regular fieldwork that takes students beyond the traditional classroom. We will serve up to 240 students at full capacity. Check out our new charter below!

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Do you want to get involved? Email us, attend a Community Information Session, come to the open session of a Board Meeting, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or donate to our school. If you are already a parent/guardian, you can join the PTC (Parent Teacher Crew)! Email Tami M at to learn more.


Charter Number: 1336

CDS Code: 29 66357 0124834

Contact us:

Office Location:

340 Buena Vista, Grass Valley, CA (B1)

School Year Office Hours: 8:30am -4:30pm (CLOSED JULY; Meetings by appointment only)


Phone number: 530-268-2200

Facebook: Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning

Twitter: @SierraAcademy

SAEL Guidance Website:

Check out the new SAEL Guidance Website hosted by our very own Guidance Counselor, Ms. McLean! This is a new one stop shop for all information regarding college and career and socio-emotional wellness for SAEL.

We heard feedback from our annual SAEL Survey about condensing our communications and creating more accessible information so here is one solution we're providing. Check it out!
SAEL Fieldwork Website:

Check out the new SAEL Fieldwork Website hosted by Adventure Teachers and Fieldwork Coordinators Mr. Young and Mr. Berry! This is a new system for keeping waivers and info sheets available online and organized.

We heard feedback from our annual SAEL Survey about providing a better place for waivers to be available online (in addition to being handed out to students and emailed home). Check it out!

Partners in our work: