Our mission is to empower students through the advancement of literacy
while ensuring students become self-motivated and competent lifelong
learners. Our goal is to foster self-understanding and encourage
environmental and social responsibility, leadership, innovation, and
collaboration. We have a responsibility to teach life skills and
personal development in order to create an important foundation upon
which a student can progress after high school. The Tahoe CCC John Muir
Charter School offers corpsmembers an educational program that makes a
positive impact in their lives as well as in the community.
Nestled between snow-capped mountains, South Lake Tahoe’s California
Conservation Corps was established 20 years ago. The Tahoe John Muir
Charter School has a partnership with the California Conservation Corps
where students gain skills in public service conservation work,
environmental awareness, and volunteerism within the community. We are
committed to creating an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning. Our
school honors the diverse backgrounds, abilities, multiple
intelligences, and learning styles of each student. In our quest to
understand the student and provide meaningful and purposeful
instruction, we assess students with an integral and holistic approach
that combines academic skills and knowledge, abilities, historical
background, ethnicity, social capabilities, personality types, and
interests, while implementing the foundational work of Dr. Howard
Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory, the Keirsey Temperment Sorter,
and the Thomas-Killman Conflict Mode Instrument. We tailor lessons to
the needs of the students through collaboration and feedback. It is our
goal to create a uniquely engaging and stimulating learning community.
have an opportunity to advance academically through a multi-modal
approach to acquiring and demonstrating knowledge. Our school encourages
innovation, model-building, application in real world circumstances,
and the advancement and exploration of technological resources and their
By day, students of the CCC work at protecting and
restoring California’s environment as public service conservation
workers. They follow a strict routine of work, school, and volunteerism.
We are honored to provide the educational component to the California
Conservation Corps where members develop strong leadership skills,
conservation work, and community service.
Our school also offers
a program called Career Pathways that provides a coach who teaches
career readiness and remediation in math and English Language Arts.
This coach also helps to bridge students' transitions to careers within
the medical field, agriculture, hospitality, energy or utilities, as
well as provides further vocational training opportunities or community
college advancement goals.
The Tahoe John Muir Charter School is housed under the auspices of
Tahoe's California California Conservation Corps. Our school is based
within this residential program where we enroll second chance high
school students. These students are rigorously trained in public service
conservation work and vocational experience by day through the
oversight of the CCC. They are provided room and board. Program
opportunities include advancement in leadership, a variety of
certifications, career advancement, and an educational plan that guides
them towards a successful completion of a high school diploma with the
John Muir Charter School.
Our partnership with the CCC has
enabled students to gain a wide variety of skills and vocational
experience that far exceeds what most programs offer. The certifications
and trainings provide a rich vocational experience that serves the
community well, including students’ future career opportunities.
Scholarships: Eligible Corpsmembers may earn scholarships that provide
money for post-corps education and training that readies members for
employment. There are two types of scholarships available 1) the CCC
Scholarship and 2) the Corps Networks AmeriCorps Education Award.
Lake Tahoe Community College: The relationship with the Lake Tahoe
Community College has been successfully forged by Tahoe's CCC Center
Director, John Martinez. All corpsmembers are enrolled with the Lake
Tahoe Community College. The California Conservation Corps requires
physical training through the LTCC where every member is enrolled in a
physical training course. Additional courses offered include nutrition
and outdoor leadership. Student enrollment has provided the opportunity
for JMCS students to transition smoothly into any community college
• Past Partnership: Tahoe-Baikal Institute
The Tahoe Center partners with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute assisting in
the annual environmental exchange between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in
Russia. Each year the center hosts the Tahoe-Baikal intern, a
corpsmember selected from the CCC statewide to assist this organization.
Backcountry Trail: Every spring, a select group of young men and women
are chosen to participate in the Backcountry Trails Program. For five
and a half months, challenging work involving trail building,
restoration, and maintenance is done far from the conveniences of modern
life and deep into the country.
• Leadership Training Program:
Corpsmembers who promote attend a 32-hour Leadership Training Program,
coordinated by the CCC Training Unit. Members learn leadership
communication styles, delegations techniques, and effective feedback
• CAB: The Community Advisory Board offers students the
opportunity to take on leadership roles, collaborate and coordinate with
peers, and make changes within their community.
• Australian Exchange Program: This is an international work exchange program with Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Certifications and Trainings: The CCC offers extensive training
opportunities and certifications that are embedded within the program.
The following is a list of certifications and trainings corpsmembers are
expected to go through:
1. S-212 Wildland Chainsaw Training
2. Red Card Training
3. CPR-First Aid
4. DMV Class C & B Training
5. Blue Card Training/Flood Training
7. Advance HAZWOPER