Great Kids!

We’re a tuition-free, public charter school located in Paso Robles, CA, and serving grades k-8.

Every child is unique.

That’s why, at Almond Acres Charter Academy, we celebrate the whole child: heart, mind, body, and soul.





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Our Method


At the beginning of each year, we guide each student through the process of identifying their unique strengths and their struggles.



Students set SMART goals and adopt a growth mindset to embrace their natural talents while stretching themselves in positive ways.


Milestones are celebrated in the classroom, around the campus, during our daily Shared Start, and at family-attended assemblies.

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Why Choose Almond Acres?

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Upcoming Events

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New Parent Orientation

July 31, 2024
6:00 – 7:30 pm

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Kinder Assessments

August 1 or 2, 2024
Details coming soon!

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Wonderland - Theatre Production

August 2, 3, & 4 2024
Showtimes Vary

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Meet the Staff Picnic

August 12, 2024
6:00 – 7:30 pm

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Transfer Student Orientation

August 13, 2024
8 – 10 am

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1st Day of School

August 14, 2024

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School Governance

Current Agenda

Preview this month’s meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Board meetings are held at the school on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm with some exceptions.

Minutes & Agenda Archive

Review past meeting minutes or view the full agenda packet with supporting documents.


Accountability and Reporting

Find files and reports such as our annual LCAP, SARC, EPA and more.

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our story

How It All Began

In early 2010, a small group of parents, educators, and community members came together to create what would become Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA).

The ongoing budget cuts forced upon our local school districts changed the landscape of education in our small community.

The founding team was united by a vision of creating a school that would be a part of, and continue, the tradition of our local districts, but also have greater flexibility in the delivery of curriculum, fiscal management, and decision making.

Program Highlights

Leadership & Character Development

Character Counts

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

Middle School Leadership

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Athletics & Wellness

Cross Country  •  Basketball
Ultimate Frisbee

Flag Football  •  Volleyball
Basketball  •  Ultimate Frisbee

Soccer (coming soon)

3 Full-time recreation & wellness teachers and 1 full-time aide

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Service & Project
Based Learning

Hands-on learning through field trips

Guest speakers

Community interaction

Visual &
Performing Arts

1 Full-time drama teacher (elementary classes and middle school elective)

Annual musical full-length theatre production (middle school)

Smaller theatre performances (elementary)

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Tech classes (elementary grades)

Interactive learning through Amplify Science (grades 3-8)

Lab Buddies (middle school elective)

Audio Visual Class (middle school elective)

Annual Maker Faire

Parent Testimonials

“I have nothing but positive things to say about Almond Acres. My first-grader is flourishing there. Not just academically, but also socially. This is a school which treats every child as an individual, and celebrates and encourages each one accordingly.” 

Natalie H.

“In the 3 years we’ve been part of the Almond Acres family we have seen our girls not only thrive academically but also emotionally. The teachers and administration go out of their way to support each child’s individual needs and learning style.”


“Fantastic staff, athletics, curriculum, and community involvement makes for an outstanding school environment. My daughter is so happy there!”

Erin N.

“Great school that focuses on the child as an individual with unique abilities and gifts. They educate both parent and child on how to be a productive and emotionally sound community member.”