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Mendocino County
Art Academy

A private secondary arts academy emphasizing an expansive, rigorous curriculum inclusive of all core subjects of English, History, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Health plus music, dance, drama, and visual arts. The core curriculum will be integrated with music, dance, drama, and visual arts.

Mission Statement

Mendocino County Art Academy offers a safe, nurturing, supportive environment affording all students the opportunity to excel, develop self-confidence while deepening their awareness of the world.


Through the enrichment of the Arts, students will develop respect, appreciation, and gratitude for themselves and all life forms. Skills for personal success will incorporate leadership, goal setting, and community service. Promoting involvement in the local community and awareness of the global environment, students will discover their place in the world. This place-based education will create connection to nature and establish how they can contribute to the sustainability of the earth. Creativity provides openness, flexibility, and resilience while empowering students.

Founding Board of Directors

  • Gary Wallaert, Director
  • Kristin Frith
  • Paloma Patterson
  • Karen Wallaert
  • Alyssum Wier

Non-discriminatory Policy

The Mendocino County Art Academy admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 

Scheduled Classes for 2017

  • English I & II
  • World Cultures
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Algebra I & II
  • Art I & II
  • Geometry
  • Spanish I & II

Additional classes including English III & IV, Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Spanish III & IV, U.S. History, and Government/Economics to be offered in subsequent years. The elective list may include Instrumental Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga, Handcrafts, and many more yet to be created.