New Pacific School – Rancho Cordova Approved for Opening Fall 2023

Virtual Information Meetings and Interest Lists for Fall 2023 TK-5th Grade Enrollment Happening Now

In a win for school choice, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) School Board approved New Pacific School – Rancho Cordova charter school on Sept. 8. Local parents spoke in support of New Pacific School during the hearing and emailed board members directly to convey their desire for an additional option for families living in Rancho Cordova.

New Pacific School is a small school, open to all students, that builds connectedness between students, family, and school with the unique option of a hands-on and project-based curriculum where the teachers serve as a guide and encourage a collaborative student-centered environment. The school will add middle school in 2024 and high school soon afterward.

New Pacific School is a part of Pacific Charter Institute (PCI), a nonprofit organization established by educators in Sacramento in 2005. PCI has deep experience serving students and families in Northern California, including New Pacific School – Roseville, which opened this fall. With the FCUSD School Board’s green light, New Pacific School members will begin enrolling students at the Rancho Cordova site this coming school year.

“We’ve heard a strong desire for something different from Rancho Cordova families,” said Dr. Paul Keefer, the Executive Director of PCI. “We’re excited to get going and do our part for the community!”

New Pacific School – Rancho Cordova will provide families south of Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova with a small-hands-on school with foreign language and art in all grades, before and after school care, inclusive options for students with disabilities, and whole child approach/inquiry-based learning.

“Students thrive in small school settings and when they are happy and engaged,” Keefer said. “I’m thrilled to bring this option to Rancho Cordova!”

New Pacific School

New Pacific School is a tuition-free, public TK-12 school that builds student, family, and school connectedness. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is at its foundation. The small, safe alternative to traditional classrooms meets students where they are to support a self-directed and self-determined educational experience through individualized learning plans, leadership opportunities, and nurturing support. New Pacific School programs give students a competitive edge with leading school districts in California.

Visit to learn more about how the Pacific Charter Institute provides tuition-free personalized homeschool and independent study options for students in Northern California. For parents interested in a free five-day-a-week program focused on academic, social, and emotional education, visit

Pacific Charter Institute

1401 El Camino Ave.
Ste. 510
United States

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