Fostering Creative Minds & Critical Thinkers


Welcome to Placer Academy, a public charter school in Placer County. We are part of the Harvest Ridge Cooperative Charter School serving students in Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville and Granite Bay areas. Our unique 4-day program, based on Core Knowledge® and Project Based Learning, provides small classes, differentiated learning and a challenging curriculum. At the closure of the Accelerated Learning Academy with Horizon schools, our parent community bridged the move under the Harvest Ridge Charter to continue our amazing program and keep our phenomenal teachers.


Understanding Your Eyes Via Cows



Understanding Your Eyes Via Cows

Third grade recently finished up our science unit on properties of light and vision by dissecting cow eyes. Every year this activity is the highlight of third grade science.  After the dissection students share their favorite part or what

Kindergarten Goes to the Crocker



Kindergarten Goes to the Crocker

Kindergarten culminated a month-long unit of Art with a visit to the Crocker Museum of Art. The children studied a variety of artists from Kandinsky, O’keefe, Picasso and Pollack. Evidence of the children’s learning can be seen all over the …

Historical Living Wax Museum



Historical Living Wax Museum

This week 5th grade turned in to a living wax museum for all the students and families to see. So many inspirational historical people were brought to life as each visiting customer offered a ticket. What a great way to …

1st Grade Mexican Fiesta



1st Grade Mexican Fiesta

The first grade classes have been studying a Core Knowledge unit on Mexico for the past two weeks. In preparation for our fiesta, the students had made paper mache  piñatas, tissue paper flowers, Mexican flags, and Mexican dolls. They also …