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News & Announcements

Sign Up for Winter/Spring Field Trips Here-

We are so excited to offer a new round of field trip. Please watch dates closely and make note of the field trips that require prepayment for adult chaperones. Please pay 2 weeks early in the Arete office with exact cash, check made to PRSD, or at Mealtime$20 minimum). We pre-pay for all Arete students so if you need to cancel with less than a week's notice, you will need to reimburse Arete for the field trip fee for your child. All field trips will start at the field trip location with check in 15 minutes before the start time.

Winter NWEA Math and AR Reading Assessments 2021-2022

It's that time to start scheduling the second round of NWEA and AR Testing for the 2021-2022 school year. (CAASP Testing is still on the State schedule for May). Second-Eighth Grade will need to take the STAR AR test (This can be done from home anytime between Monday, November 15 and Friday, December 3. Second-Eighth Grade will need to take the NWEA Math test (This can also be done from home, but you have to sign up for a Distance Testing slot in order to get the Zoom link emailed to you.) On November 29, we will offer in person testing in the morning and Zoom testing in the afternoon. We will offer two in-person testing sessions on November 30. On December 2 we will offer in person testing in the morning and Zoom testing in the afternoon. If your child comes to the Arete Resource Center for our two day a week Hybrid Program, please sign them up for a slot on their day. If they come to the Blended Middle School, please do not sign them up. They will test in their classrooms on November 30th.

Students can take the STAR AR test anytime between November 15-December 3 at home by clicking here. STAR AR They click on "I'm a Student" and enter their AR/Gmail username and password. They will then click on the blue "Star Reading" on the left.

January and February Enrichments

Hello families!! I have heard you loud and clearly about the Sign Up being confusing for Enrichment Classes. We are reducing the amount of overlapping classes so students are not double booked and trying a new Sign Up look that should make it easier to see if a class is a single day or a series of multiple days. We are also trying out having age groups on different days, so please check your calendar to see if your kiddo is REALLY available on the days you select. If classes fill up, we will add more sessions of the same classes. Please email with waiting list requests.

October, November, and December Enrichments

We are so excited to have so many offerings this fall! Please look carefully at dates as there are some overlapping options and kiddos will not be able to do everything! Some classes are one day and some are part of a series. Also, some classes are scheduled on different days than the normal Resource Center days. (You are welcome to hang out in the Family Resource Center while your kiddos are in class). Please mark the dates in your calendar when you sign up! All fees will be removed from Instructional Funds by Arete and do not need to be put on a budget form. If you have already spent a lot of your Instructional Funds, please choose your classes carefully. Student accounts are funded again on November 22. If you are out of funds, you can make arrangements to pay the teacher directly. If a class is full and your child is interested, please email to be put on the waiting list. Students on the waiting list get added first to any new classes of the same kind. If you change your mind about a class, please cancel at least one week in advance. You will get an email reminder from Sign Up Genius two days before the class starts! Thanks!

Fall Field Trips

Please pay close attention to age restrictions. There are a limited number of paid Arete spots. Please let us know ASAP if you need to cancel. Consider signing up for one field trip each month for the first week so more families have a chance to participate. Also, closely pay attention fees owed by parents or non-Arete siblings. Thanks!


Click the bus icon at the top of the page for all of the school route sheets.

California Healthy Kids Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes between now and December 9 to take the This gives us great feedback about how we are doing as a school and how we can better serve you!

Job Openings!

Pleasant Ridge School District has multiple part-time job openings needing to be filled for the 2021/22 school year. Please click the heading for details and spread the word!

Arete Charter Academy Announces the Opening of a Blended Middle School Program

Arete is so excited to announce that we will be opening a blended middle school for 6-8th grades for the 2021-2022 School Year. Students will be invited onto campus Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-2pm and will receive direct instruction from amazing credentialed Arete teachers. There will be a lunch break and electives. This program is perfect for students who need more direct instruction and social interaction with other students. Lessons will be hands-on, interactive, and engaging!

Arete Charter Academy’s Blended Middle School Program is an interactive mix of students learning on campus through teacher facilitated instruction (five hours per day, three days a week) and at home assigned learning for two days a week. On days when students are not working in the Resource Center, they continue to learn at home under the supervision of parents, using curriculum and resources provided or approved by their teachers. This is not merely an online program; it is designed to keep kids active and moving with a combination of online and textbook learning, exciting experiments, hands-on activities, and more!

All students are supported by their assigned Educational Advisor who monitors their individual progress. They may also receive additional instruction from staff who are available to provide academic interventions, as needed. The combination of teacher guidance and student independence with ongoing monitoring and support helps students gain experience and develop skills to empower them and embrace a love of life-long learning.

The program, including curriculum, supplies, staff, and electives is $3250. There will be no cost to parents. The fee will be paid with Arete Student Instructional Funds. Also, Arete will provide a bus from Magnolia to Arete in the mornings. Your child can ride a Magnolia bus to Magnolia, or you can drop them off at Magnolia, and then they board Bus 27 to Arete. Then families will be responsible to pick up their kiddos at 2pm at Arete or carpool with other families.

As this program includes having students on campus for more than the 20% (or six hours a week) that is considered home school, students must have full and current vaccinations or a valid medical waiver.

Please email with questions.

Arete T Shirt and Sweatshirt Sales

We are so excited to support a local (Arete) family and bring low cost Arete Spirit Gear to you this year.

Please return the attached order form with exact cash or check made out to PRSD by Thursday, September 9, 2021 to the Arete Front Office.
T Shirts are $10 and Sweatshirts are $20

Welcome Back!

First Day Reminders and Resources.

Free Summer Meals Program: June 14 - August 2

This summer, the Pleasant Ridge Union School District will offer families free meals beginning on Monday, June 14 through Monday, August 2. Children aged 18 and younger and special education students aged 22 and younger will be given meals on Mondays that will last for the whole week (both breakfast and lunch).

Families may pick up their meals from Cottage Hill Elementary from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM every Monday. Meals will not be provided on Monday, July 5 (holiday), but instead on Tuesday, July 6.

Meals will be limited in quantity and given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parent Update #2

CDC releases new school guidelines for COVID 19 Prevention

Arete Scores at TechTest Junior

"TechTest Jr. Winners Announcement – 2021
We are excited to announce our 2021 TechTest Jr. math competition winners – held at each school site this year.
TechTest Jr is an event for 5th through 8th graders and it focuses on problem-solving skills. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their proficiency at applying math and science knowledge to solve problems. Aside from acknowledging them for their skills, it’s intended to promote the development of more critical thinking activities in the county and to help prepare students for the future."

Congrats to all Arete representatives. A few students received special recognition. Kaylee received an Honorable Mention for 7th Grade. For 8th Grade, Parker Tice-Raskin placed in 3rd place and Addie Tice-Raskin placed in 2nd place. Well done, Team ARETE!
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