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Where Learning is Living 





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. 


Rock Tree Sky offers experiential education for youth ages 5 through 18 by providing structures, programs, and environments that offer exposure to key values of community collaboration, learner agency, and meaningful making. 

Thinking about RTS for the 2022-2023 year? 

Learn more about our programs and the enrollment process by clicking below.



About Us

Rock Tree Sky was founded in 2015 by parents, loving partners, and professional educators Natasha Efross and Jim Bailey. What started in the backyard of the couple's Upper Ojai homestead as a whimsical homeschool group has grown into what it is today; located on the campus of the former Summit Elementary School, Rock Tree Sky truly is an embodied example of the evolution of child-centered education. 

Over the past seven years, growing in collaboration with community members of all ages, our program has become increasingly dynamic in our offerings and possibilities. 

And though we have expanded quite a bit, the heart of what we do remains the same as always...We hold space for young people to be autonomous agents of their own lives while modeling what it means to live in healthy and joyful community across differences.

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 this type of education works. 

To sign up for a tour, complete an interest survey by following the link here



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.

Take a glimpse at Rock Tree Sky in action...