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General News · 7th August 2010
Linnaea School
The Linnaea School and Farm Boards have reluctantly decided that projected enrollment levels for the next school year will not allow Linnaea School to operate as a publicly funded independent school for the 2010-2011 school year. However, we see this as an opportunity for new programmes and educational models to emerge from our wonderful facility, the working farm, and the stewardship education mission of Linnaea Farm Society.

For 23 years, Linnaea School proudly offered a rich programme of creative, nature-based, global and alternative learning for hundreds of students. The magic of the school and the beauty of the farm have enriched many children and their families over the years, and inspired many people beyond the fields of Linnaea and the shores of Cortes. The school has shared many gifts with the Cortes community - most notably: the annual spring musical plays, May Day, the Festival of Lights & the Art & Poetry Show. Linnaea students have participated in many service projects – the annual Project Love, Free the Children, the Heifer Project, Adopt-A-Marmot, Project Haiti, & salmon enhancement. Strong academics have been enhanced by many exciting programmes – farm classes, environmental/outdoor education, the afternoon club and mentorship programmes, drumming & Orff music classes, weekly singing with harmonies & rounds, buddy reading, Nature Journals & Portfolios, the Green School Programme, and others.

Through all the years, Linnaea School has been far more than a school to so many students & families – a home away from home, a community within a community, an inspiration to students spreading their wings beyond Cortes, a lifeline for children needing extra support, a strong anchor for returning grads, and a place where deep, heart-felt friendships between students of all ages and between staff & students were cultivated and blossomed. Linnaea School has proudly served the Cortes community, the wider global community, and the earth.

Linnaea School extends deep gratitude to all who supported the school over the years – devoted teachers, support staff, parents & families, donors, and the Cortes community. In particular, the vision, inspiration, and guidance of Donna Bracewell have been immeasurable, and have touched the lives of many students and parents. Finally, Linnaea School sends a special thank you to Linnaea Farm and the farm stewards who have provided the good soil by which the seeds and plants of Linnaea School could germinate & flourish.

So, Linnaea School, as we have known it, will discontinue the current educational model during the next school year, to allow fresh ideas for new learning opportunities to sprout. The Linnaea School and Farm Boards, and parents, look forward to generating new, creative educational programmes. We stand ready to share the values and practical skills of caring for the earth through community learning.

Thank You! The Linnaea School Board