Coast Redwood High School (9–12)


About Coast Redwood High School 

We are a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual and ethical growth. We support our students to become caring in meaningful relationships, to be a service to society, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals. We believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships, and service to society.

Coast Redwood High School is a hybrid high school program that supports independent learning, and an onsite, online/blended learning environment that serves students in grades 9–12. CRHS has been serving students in Santa Cruz County for 21 years.

Coast Redwood High School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 

Coast Redwood High School celebrates senior graduations each year in the Redwood Grove at the Fall Creek Outdoor Amphitheater.

We pursue our values and mission through the integration of Academic Excellence, Creative Self-Expression, and Positive Character Development. These principles permeate all we do to help bring depth, meaning, and enthusiasm for learning to our campus.  Creative self-expression is part of all academic coursework. We integrate creative arts and academics with the belief that they are mutually reinforcing. This allows students to discover new gifts and talents and overcome self-perceived limitations.

We encourage relationships that build trust and safety between teacher and student, peer to peer, and with all members of our school community. We focus on learning that brings forth critical thinking and discussions of ethical relevance. We strive to create opportunities for students to engage in open and honest communication. We work closely with families to encourage a thoughtful exchange of ideas around the many issues that confront youth in our modern society.

We create opportunities for older students to mentor and care for younger students through school-wide activities including theater productions, buddy programs, and athletic events. We teach and model responsible citizenship through community service projects, civic participation, and environmental stewardship through our Environmental Horticulture pathway.

Our faculty and families are dedicated to values such as empathy, honesty, forgiveness, respect, cooperation, generosity, and kindness. We work together as a community to take responsibility, to practice self-reliance, exercise leadership, and integrity, and to assist and care for one another.



Founder of Coast Redwood High School in 1997 with over 38 years in the academic field, focusing on Independent and guided studies. Kay lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, two dogs, salt-water fish, and hummingbirds. She has "identical mirror twin" daughters who are San Lorenzo Valley High School alumni, class of 2006.


Keidi Lewis grew up in the San Lorenzo Valley, went to college at Cal Poly SLO where she majored in Social Sciences, and returned home to live in the redwoods. She has been teaching in the San Lorenzo Valley district since 2001, and specifically in the SLVUSD Charter since 2006. She teaches History and Spanish classes. Keidi enjoys guiding students through their high school experience academically and watching them discover themselves personally and socially. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, hike in the woods, read, and bake.  


An avid surfer and wilderness aficionado, Wade has been teaching students in and out of the classroom since 2010.  Before moving to the Santa Cruz area and into his role as Science teacher for Coast Redwood High School (CRHS), he spent 2 years as a Marine Science Instructor for the Catalina Island Marine Institute where he facilitated hands-on, outdoor marine science education.  Since joining CRHS, Wade has expanded the science program to include on-site classes in Biology, Environmental Horticulture, and Marine Science.  He believes that all students need to be scientifically literate and environmentally conscious in order to lead informed and impactful lives.


Gymnast, martial artist, physicist, mathematician, and psychologist Brian enjoys helping students discover and build their knowledge of themselves and the world.  Brian grew up in Ireland, attended college and worked in the United States, and has lived and worked in Japan.  He now lives with his family under the redwood trees in the San Lorenzo Valley.  He enjoys surfing, hiking, biking and practicing Aikido.


Office: (831) 335-0632
Registrar: (831) 336-5167

Kay Mendoza, Teacher
Wade Axup, Teacher
Brian Heery, Teacher
Keidi Lewis, Teacher
Mary Zilge,
Career-College Counseling
Rhonda Schlosser

Coast Redwood
High School

7105 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
Classroom Hours
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