Mission Statement

Carpinteria Family School is a cooperative community of students, educators, and parents dedicated to a safe, nurturing and creative learning environment. Our multi-age classrooms cultivate intrinsically motivated individuals who are contributing, compassionate members of our local and global communities. Parent participation is the heart of our school and crucial in encouraging our children to reach their own unique potential. Carpinteria Family School honors diversity and inspires the “Whole-Child” through social, emotional and challenging academic experiences, laying a foundation for developing creative, critical thinkers and life-long learners.

Core Philosophies

During the 2013-2014 all school visioning process, the school defined its core philosophies that support its mission statement. These core philosophies, summarized below, further define the school:

Emphasis on “Whole-Child: ” All children are individuals who have a different set of needs, socially, emotionally, and academically. By embracing individuality and creating a safe, loving environment where everyone is respected and heard, children can flourish academically.

Multi-age classroom: The school embraces the multi-age classroom as a philosophy of the school, by choice and not necessity. Children are perceived less in terms of their grade and more in terms of their unique qualities and capabilities.

Academics: Students become proficient learners through emphasis on state standards, cooperative and project based learning, and a supportive environment that embraces all the core philosophies.

Community:  CFS has a strong partnership with our local community that facilitates student, educator, and parent engagement in community service as well as welcoming the community into our school. The school works collaboratively to connect as a family, school unit.

Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship: Education, Awareness, and Practice: Our students and their families learn the importance of protecting our environment.

Parent Participation: This is an integral part of a multi-age classroom and family style community. In striving for 100 percent parent participation, they are encouraged to volunteer and bring their own unique talents and ideas into our school.

Tribes: Parents go beyond the known roll of committees by adopting the “tribe” philosophy. Family is emphasized through cooperation and connection. Tribes work on team building and planning the success and sustainability of the school community.

Compassion: The school embraces Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and training is offered to staff and parents.


The purpose of CFS Family is to support the education of students at the Carpinteria Family School (CFS) by fostering relationships among the school, parents and teachers and through fundraising activities throughout the year.


Membership in CFS Family shall be automatically granted to any parent or legal guardian of current CFS students, plus teachers and administrative officials of the school. Members have voting privileges.

Afiliación en CFS Family ésta se concederá de forma automática a cualquier padre o tutor legal de estudiante actual de Carpinteria Family School, además de profesores y funcionarios de la administración de la escuela. Los miembros tienen derecho a voto.