Free Public School Located In Hopland

An Innovative Approach to Learning

Operating grades TK-6th, including State Preschool. 

Our Mission

Restoring Local Access To Education for Our Students and Families



STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Innovative Learning

Opportunities for students include access to project based learning, outdoor education, blending learning, native and community gardens, and an emphasis on agriculture.

Grades Served

SVA is a free public school open to all families who want to attend. Transitional Kindergarten is for students who turn 5 between 9/2/23 - 6/30/24. Kindergarten is for student who turn 5 by 9/1/23. 1st-6th grade is available for all other students.


Shanél Valley Academy is a culturally responsive, community school where all students are valued and supported. SVA students will be prepared to lead and successfully participate in our rapidly changing multicultural society, they will contribute to the community with creative solutions and a resilient, culturally competent and collaborative mindset.


We envision a future in which all children are honored with equitable access to high quality education that results in success in community and career. We will empower all students to become critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers, and effective leaders through a dynamic and collaborative curriculum.


Board Meetings and Compliance

Upcoming Meetings

The Shanél Valley Academy Board of Directors meet monthly the third Thursday of each month unless posted otherwise.

All Board agendas are also accessible 72 hours in advance for regular meetings, 24 hours in advance for special meetings. Meetings are held in the Teacher Workroom onsite. Video conference and phone information is available on each posted meeting notice.