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Farm School

The Synergy Farm School experience takes place at River's Bend Retreat Center along the Navarro River in Philo. Students spend a week camping amid beautiful meadows and majestic redwood and oak tree.

Nature trails, sloping grasslands, oak woodlands, and a swimming hole provide them with countless opportunities for exploration, expansion, and expression. The abundant plant and animal life provide resources for scientific study, environmental awareness and stewardship, as well inspired art and writing.


4th and 5th Grades

Beginning in 4th grade, our students spend a week each year at River's Bend, learning first-hand about creating community, the interactions of ecosystems, and the importance of sustainability. They create poetry and art inspired by nature. And they experience their growing maturity as they return year after year.


6th and 7th Grades

In 6th and 7th grade, the farm school curriculum alternates each fall. One year focuses on the humanities - creating cultures, governance structures, and traditions. The next year involves the sciences - investigating eco-systems and habitats, as well as the art of mapping.


8th Grade

The 8th graders complete a Rites of Passage program. They set goals, reflect, meet challenges, exercise leadership, perform community service, and bond as a group. This process helps to ready them for a year of transformation culminating in graduation and high school.