To partner with our community to provide a safe campus to deliver programs and services that inspire at risk youth to learn new skills, gain self-esteem and confidence.
John Muir Charter School at Rancho Cielo is a two-part program composed
of culinary arts and construction academy programs. Both programs
include rigorous academic classrooms aimed at helping students recover
credits necessary for a high school diploma while also providing
hands-on training preparing students for a trade. Students remark that
they enjoy the safe, relaxed atmosphere of our beautiful 100 acre campus
and the disciplined focus of the classrooms. Students graduate with a
thorough knowledge of technology skills and a career pathway emphasis.
John Muir Charter School has partnered with the Rancho Cielo Youth
Campus to operate the Drummond Culinary Academy and the Construction
Academy. A professional chef and his staff train the culinary students
in skills leading to an official culinary certificate. The culinary
program works with local chefs and restaurants to expose the students to
key aspects of the culinary field. The construction class coordinates
with the culinary class in an organic gardening program where kitchen
waste is composted for use in the garden which in turn produces
vegetables for the kitchen. The Construction Academy also partners with
"The Solar Off-Set Project", a solar project that teaches students
various skills in the photo voltaic industry. Both classes use industry
specific materials in class activities and lessons.
CLOSE When Danielle Dorado began telling Salinas middle-schoolers about her brother's 40-year prison sentence for gang-related activity, she had no idea her willingness to share and help others would take her to an audience 2,200 miles away this summer.