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, and to be 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 by integrating 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 confronting 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, practice self-reliance, exercise leadership and integrity, and 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, saltwater 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.

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.

I grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, attending Quail Hollow Elementary, SLV Middle School, and SLV High School. After high school, I joined the U.S. Army and learned my first vocation as a mechanic. I was a professional mechanic for several years while serving as a volunteer firefighter and first responder in southwestern Missouri. I returned to my home state of California to pursue higher education, graduating from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Botany. Following my degree, I spent two years on the Big Island of Hawaii as a field botanist with the U.S. Forest Service, caring for over 5,000 native endangered plants. I love Hawaiian music, culture, and mythology. I returned to California for the last time to pursue my calling: teaching. I earned my Master's in Education from UC Santa Cruz. For the last five years, I have designed and taught science classes in Watsonville while pursuing a few of my favorite activities; travel, music (I play the violin), woodworking, philosophy, and experiencing the natural beauty of our area.