The Vallejo Charter School (VCS) is a community-based education project initiated by parents and community members. Through a charter school, the VCS founding group seeks to increase learning opportunities for all pupils. Our overriding goal is to provide an additional choice and educational opportunity for Vallejo families. The educational program is designed so that children of various learning styles and abilities will thrive in a child centered, experiential, and active learning environment, that embraces the whole child. The founders have thus chosen to base the curriculum on the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Design Principles and Core Practices and Benchmarks.