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About Hooker Oak

Welcome to Hooker Oak School! Hooker Oak is a TK-5 school that embraces a hands-on, thematic learning community approach. Hooker Oak School is a school of choice in Chico Unified School District. We have approximately 365 students enrolled.
The Hooker Oak School Mission is to provide exceptional education tailored to a student's own abilities, interests and learning styles. Through the combined efforts of teachers, parents and students, high academic standards are met while cultivating strong social skills, personal initiative and responsibility in Hooker Oak students.

The children who are enrolled in classes come from all over the district. Parents are asked to sign an agreement for commitment to work at least two hours a week per family in classrooms or on related activities.

Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and community members volunteer many hours every year; doing everything from tutoring to working in the classroom to creating fundraisers for enrichment programs.  Parents serve as members of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and School Site Council.  Students benefit greatly from this relationship between home and school.

Hooker Oak seeks to support the individual and provide guidance, stimulation, and support.

  • Some of our grade levels are looped which means students remain in the same class, with the same teacher for more than one year. The looped grades are 1-2 and 4-5
  • Curriculum is developed by the teacher in concert with the children, using supplemental materials in addition to the District-adopted programs and state standards.
  • Emphasis is on learning through experience using ever-developing problem-solving skills.
  • Academic goals are achieved through an integrated curriculum approach linked with the childrens' interests and needs. Integrated, thematic learning is a key component providing in-depth studies of topics.
  • The teacher supports the learning environment as well as the learning style of each student. Attention is paid to the variable ways in which children learn. The idea is not what children should do at a given age or time, but what the child needs to help them develop to their full potential at their current level.
  • Parents at Hooker Oak School are active participants in their children's education and are integral to the school's environment. All Hooker Oak families are encouraged to educate themselves and others in our school principles, philosophy, theory, and action.
Hooker Oak School is a community of self-reliant learners. School and home are blended into a larger community as children, teachers, staff, and parents work together. The community extends beyond the classroom walls to other classes, to the Chico urban community, and out into the world. Students come to Hooker Oak from all over the Chico Unified School District. Enrollment is limited by district class size limits and a pre-determined number of classrooms on campus. The school maintains a waiting list for students to become a Hooker Oak student in any given year.


1238 Arbutus Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

Office Hours

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

School Contact Information

Phone: (530) 891-3119
After 4:00 PM
Voice mail:     
     Attendance 1
     Main Office 2
     Health Room 102
     Kitchen 108
FAX: (530) 891-3120

All of the Hooker Oak Teachers have email that is monitored at school. To email a teacher or staff member, visit our Staff Directory. 

Applying to Hooker Oak's Alternative Program

To apply for Hooker Oak's Alternative program:
  1. Complete this application.
  2. Take a tour of the campus. Please contact our office at (530) 891-3119 to make arrangements.

    Once we receive an application, we will place your child on our waitlist, and pull from that list as space becomes available.
Each year, as a state-recognized alternative school in the Chico Unified School District, Hooker Oak School must submit a yearly evaluation of how Hooker Oak improves student learning and achievement each year. This report is submitted to the Chico Unified School District school board and to the California State Department of Education.
Original Photo of Hooker Oak School

HOoker Oak and surrounding area in 1948

Photo of old campus

Hooker Oak School in 1988

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