In 1998 Pam Bateman, teacher, David Case, Civano developer, and Calvin Baker, Vail School District superintendent, began meeting to discuss opening a small charter school in the newly developing Civano neighborhood.
From there, Pam and interested parents began meeting to dream and lay groundwork to open the Civano Community School, in the summer of 1999.
Even without a building of our own, we started our dream. Our first classroom started at Mesquite with Pam as the teacher and 19 students; grades 1-6. As more families and students wanted this community we moved to the house on Wayne Moody. Finally, in 2003, our school got its permanent current location.
The first middle school site was located at what is now the Ace Hardware store in Corona, and began in July of 2005. The middle school had to move around a lot, but finally its current location came to fruition in 2010.
The schools were created to serve children and their families. Civano is a place where children, families, and staff would feel welcome, have ownership of the school, be part of building community, and have the freedom to think, explore, and create.
It was important that the curriculum be very child friendly. For instance, their reading would largely come from books that they had a huge part in choosing, their writing would come from a need to express themselves so others could understand, working with math concepts would be very hands on and develop from a solid understanding of number sense.
The staff has the very important task of helping the children develop their independence, self motivation, confidence, kindness, and creativity. It is a place where everyone is always learning, changing, and engaging with their community.