The San Carlos Charter School Learning Center is a K-8 school just south of San Francisco serving students of San Carlos and the Peninsula. We are a progressive school that emphasizes project-based learning and interdisciplinary units.

San Carlos Charter Learning Center is the oldest charter school in California and one of the oldest operating charter schools in the United States. Over the last 20 years, CLC has been a leader in progressive education. We believe that fostering a nurturing and supportive community supports our students as they develop into considerate, thoughtful, ethical, and engaged citizens.

Vision Statement:

CLC learners go into the world as curious, socially-conscious, and creative independent thinkers, inspired to make positive and authentic contributions to society.

CLC educators bravely try new things, and succeed or fail, share reflections with education leaders locally and beyond.

Mission Statement:

CLC fosters an inclusive, learner-centric environment that draws from the whole community to support all of our children as learners and people.

The core components of our approach are:

  • Expose and support learners to solve real-world problems
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Emphasize social emotional learning
  • Promote reflection and continuous growth
  • Inspire advocacy for self and others