About Us


Inspiring students to be ready for life and relevant to the World.

With collaborative, experiential, and traditional methods, Bitney imbues our students with profound curiosity, a love of learning, and a clear sense of self-direction.

Some History

Bitney Prep was founded in 1998 by the Bitney Springs Charter Council.  Our doors opened in the fall of 1999, and our first class graduated in 2001.   We are a tuition-free public charter school, sponsored by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.  Enrollment is limited, offering a high level of personal attention and support to every student. Our school culture is founded on high academic achievement, respect, and service to community. Bitney graduates are ready for the next stage of their lives; whether that is continued education at the college or university level, entering the work force, or pursuing other personal goals.

Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum is a single track program based on the University of California “a to g” entrance requirements.  While we do not necessarily regard standardized testing as the only means to accurately measure student achievement, our Academic Performance Index (API) scores over the last decade have consistently placed us equal to or greater than the larger comprehensive high schools in the county (see our documents page for our Academic Accountability Report Card from the California Charter Schools Association).


Bitney Prep is a member of the California Charter Schools Association.

California Charter School Association


Bitney College Prep is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are currently operating under our second six-year term of certification that is valid through June 30, 2018.  Our first six-year term was awarded in the spring of 2005.

WASC accreditation is an ongoing process.  The school staff, administration, and governing board pay close attention to the parameters of our Schoolwide Action Plan, and make adjustments to it annually.  In addition, in the spring of 2015 we submitted a Mid-Term Progress Report, followed up by a one-day visitation.

As was the case in 2005, the process of finalizing the 2012 WASC Self-Study Report involved many people across the school community, and once again afforded us an outstanding opportunity to look ourselves in the mirror, see where we are, and more clearly define our path to the future.

Former Director Bruce Herring submitted the final report in the fall of 2011, at which time we enjoyed a three-day visit from three California educators. The Self-Study report itself is downloadable from the documents section of our website and contains valuable information and data for the Bitney community.

Bitney Prep is a school for students who…

  • Are motivated to achieve academic success
  • Are motivated to contribute to the school and the greater community
  • Are comfortable with the academic and social accountability that are part of our small school environment
  • Take initiative in establishing and reaching personal goals, and are willing to advocate for themselves
  • Want their education to be relevant and grounded in more than just sitting in a classroom
  • Want to develop higher level critical thinking skills

Non-discrimination Policy

Bitney Prep High School fosters an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the community. Consistent with this principle, it is therefore Bitney College Prep High School’s policy not to discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment, on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law.