About Us


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

With collaborative, experiential, and traditional methods including our full-day Internship Program, 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. In 2016, Bitney Prep Charter High School proudly became part of the Big Picture Learning Network.

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 academic achievement, real-world learning, respect, and service to the 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 workforce, 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.


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

California Charter School Association


Bitney Prep is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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.  Our attention to our Schoolwide Action Plan affords us an outstanding opportunity to look ourselves in the mirror, see where we are, and more clearly define our path to the future.

Bitney Prep is a school for students who…

  • Are motivated to achieve academic and personal 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, real-world, 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 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.