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The mission of Rock Tree Sky is to cultivate an inclusive learning community where everyone develops their whole self through directing their learning in relationship with others. 

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About Rock Tree Sky

Rock Tree Sky was founded in 2016 by parents, loving partners, and professional educators Natasha Efross and Jim Bailey. RTS started as a homeschool support and enrichment group in a 600 sq ft commercial makerspace and the nearby backyard of the couple's Upper Ojai homestead. It has grown to serve over 200 learners per week on the campus of the former Summit Elementary School. Rock Tree Sky truly is an embodied example of the evolution of learner-centered education.


Over the past seven years our community has grown to serve pre-K through 12th grade. While becoming increasingly diverse in it's offerings, Rock Tree Sky has stayed true to the foundational truths that we are all born curious, capable, and deserving of the freedom to pursue our unique, creative human potential.


The work at the heart of RTS is to hold space. We give young people the time, the tools, and the freedom from constant evaluation. It is interest-driven, relationship-rich, non-classroom based learning. In this space, learners are free to explore their innate curiosities, grow their confidence in their personal agency, and develop healthy, loving relationships with peers and adult mentors in a community that celebrates all learning.

Interested in learning more? We welcome and encourage visitors to join us for one of our monthly tours where you can learn more about Rock Tree Sky's mission and philosophy, and be a witness to the day-by-day expression of how learner-centered of education works. 



Read our list of core beliefs and values that make up the foundation of our community. 

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Have questions? Read our detailed responses to many of the most frequently asked questions that we hear. 



Meet our dedicated team members by clicking here.

“It’s challenging for me to adequately express the gratitude I feel that my son has a place like
RTS. A place that’s safe. A place where his uniqueness is accepted and celebrated. A place he looks forward to going each morning.”

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