Grizzly Hill School is a K-8 public school located in beautiful North Columbia. The school enjoys a family-like ambiance and is committed to a low student-teacher ratio with an average of 20 or fewer students per class. The student population hovers around 100 Kindergarten-Eight grade students. Classrooms tend to be multi-graded depending on the student population.

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16661 Old Mill Road,

Nevada City, CA 95959




(530) 265-9052

FAX (530) 265-3049

Scott Mikal-Heine, x207





Sunshine Bender, x210

Executive Assistant




Grizzly Hill School Values:

  • Educational practices that operate on the principle that success fosters self-esteem and self-esteem fosters success.

  • A belief that each student is gifted because each student is a gift.

  • A dedication to practices that are inclusive and relevant.

  • Educational practices that focus on high standards utilizing cohesive and rigorous, research-based curriculum, instruction and assessment.

  • A traditional and innovative approach that integrates a broad curriculum, including the fine arts, service and knowledge and celebration of place.

  • A deep fostering of creativity to promote academic growth and development of self.

  • Recognition and integration of diversity as a source of strength.

  • Celebration of academic, social, emotional, physical and cultural development of student.


Our School Rules:

  • Be Friendly and Kind

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Safe


 (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)


One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that includes strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

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Grizzly Hill School became a 100% solar during the 2012-2013 school year. It currently enjoys an education PGE solar panel which can be monitored by students. The school is very conscientious about waste production. The food program no longer uses disposable products to serve beverages or food, and this creates very little school waste.


A school garden is the focus for garden science and nutritional education. The students often “graze” in the garden after PE or after walking the school track, which is graded and surfaced to a high standard. The gardens are charming and calming and provide a setting for art, math, and writing as well as science. Students enjoy the opportunity to graze and to provide supplements to the child nutrition service program. An orchard was planted during the 2009-2010 school year. A butterfly garden and a native plant garden were also added to the campus.


Technology is widely incorporated into the curriculum at Grizzly Hill School to support instruction and student practice. All teachers have LCD projectors and document cameras. Students in grades K-4 have daily access to a computer lab in the school library. Students in grades 5-8 use personal laptops in their classrooms. Teachers in grades 3-8 use Digital Edge technology to provide mobi instruction with student clickers, which allow instant response by students, instant feedback on teaching effectiveness, and an impressive selection of presentation curricula. Software includes SUCCESSMAKER, READ NATURALLY, ROSETTA STONE (Latin American Spanish), and ACCELERATED READER.


Good nutrition supports student development. A wholesome and nutritious breakfast and lunch are provided to all Grizzly Hill students. Our food service program incorporates organic and local produce whenever possible as budget allows. Annual community fund raisers help to support organic purchases. All meals and beverages meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. Our meals are very appealing and promote a healthy lifestyle. Click here for current lunch menu.



The heart of the school is the library. The Grizzly Hill School library is lovely and boasts an impressive collection of 14,000 books. The library also incorporates a computer lab for students in grades K-4.



Washington School has an active site council comprised of community members, parents, and staff. The primary role of the council is to set goals and budget for the Single Plan for Student Achievement. At each site, the council is also active in surveying parents and providing guidance for school and district decisions. Site councils meet an average of one day per month.