COVID-19 UPDATE 4-29-2021

We continue to monitor the pandemic crisis and re-opening allowances. We are pleased that we have been able to resume in-person services with vendors this year as well as offer in-person visits to our school library. We have not yet resumed in-person visits with your EF and will make decisions on further re-opening as allowances progress. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

AB 1316 UPDATE 5-6-2021

AB 1316 continues to pose a significant threat to our school. We need everyone who possibly can to write letters. Letters must be submitted by the end of this week. The bill is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This committee only focuses on fiscal-related impacts and not on education policy and principles, so our letters should only focus on the burdensome costs that this bill will inflict on our school.
The list of changes that will undeniably be implemented is long. Much of it is related to oversight, auditing, and other comprehensive administrative duties. Programmatic changes are a given. For now, I suggest we concentrate on a few critical pieces to include in your letter this week. Additionally, none of these changes would go into effect until July 1, 2022.
Cost Burdens on Charter Schools
1. Funding will be cut by 30% across the board to all nonclassroom-based independent study charter school students while maintaining full funding to independent study students and distance learning students in district-run and county office-run programs. This will have harmful effects on serving our students effectively.
2. This bill would delete the provision allowing independent study average daily attendance (funding) to be claimed for students who reside in a county other than Ventura.
3. This bill would recast and revise provisions related to the calculation of average daily attendance for independent study charter schools. Instead of calculating attendance based on work completion every 20 days, our students would have to comply with minimum instructional minutes, which would exclude numerous enrichment activities from being counted, and will impose daily communication requirements with the charter school teacher and require new, tedious reporting on a daily basis. Staff costs for implementation and oversight are the fiscal concern here.
4. Forces nonclassroom-based charter schools to offer full-time classroom based option, thus increasing facility costs or transportation costs for students to travel potentially hundreds of miles to school facilities that are not within convenient access.
5. Forces a cap on charter school enrollment. For GVCS, we would be required to stay at or below the enrollment of our chartering district.
6. Expands annual finance and compliance audit, procedures, requirements, report contents, schedules, and disclosures.
Make your letter specifically about the harm this bill will cause your students, our teachers, staff, and school.
Your opposition letter should first be sent through the Legislative Portal here:
Then, also send your letter to each of the following members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Your letter salutation should be as follows:
The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez (Chair)
Assembly Appropriations Committee
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA.
Dear Assemblymember Gonzalez,
Body of letter.
Simply change each salutation for each separate letter that you email to each member separately.
Lorena Gonzalez (Chair)
Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)
Lisa Calderon
Wendy Carrillo
Ed Chau
Megan Dahle
Laurie Davies
Vince Fong
Jesse Gabriel
Eduardo Garcia
Marc Levine
Bill Quirk
Robert Rivas
Thanks again for standing united and taking action in opposition to AB 1316.

About Us

Welcome to Golden Valley Charter School! GVCS is a public, non classroom-based program, focused on personalized learning for students in grades TK-12. We make personal choice in education a priority in our charter school. GVCS is a Personalized Learning School, offering an educational model that is tailored to the needs of each individual student. We offer students a wide range of innovative and individualized instructional choices.

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Mesa Union School District


GVCS serves students who reside in Ventura, Kern, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties.


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GVCS students are required to take all currently state- and school-mandated assessments.

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Our library has a large amount of consumable and non-consumable curricula, and novels available 

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For general information regarding current and prospective vendors, please contact us today!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are free independent public schools with rigorous curriculum programs and unique educational approaches. In exchange for operational freedom and flexibility, charter schools are subject to higher levels of accountability than traditional public schools. Charter schools, which are tuition-free and open to all students, offer quality and choice in the public education system.

What grades does GVCS serve?

GVCS serves students in grades TK-12.

What counties does GVCS serve?

GVCS serves students in Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties.

Does it cost anything to attend GVCS?

There is no cost to families to attend GVCS.

How does instructional funding work?

GVCS provides instructional funds to help assist with the purchase of curriculum and educational activities from our approved vendor list. Funding varies from year to year per grade. Half of the funding is released in the 1st semester and the other half in the 2nd semester. Funding for the 2019-20 school year ranges from $1350.00 per semester in transitional kindergarten, to $1600.00 per semester in high school. Your EF will manage these funds and will approve all purchases you’d like to make.

Is GVCS accredited?

GVCS is fully accredited, grades TK-12, by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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3585 Maple Street, Suite 101, Ventura, California 93003