Award Year: 2015

William & Marian Ghidotti High School

250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA, 95945-5726

(530) 274-5270

Ms. Melissa Madigan, Principal at time of Nomination

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Nevada Joint Union High School District

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Ghidotti Early College High School provides a rigorous personalized academic program that bridges the divide between high school and college.

Student Demographics
  • White: 84%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
A Day at Ghidotti

A Day at Ghidotti

William and Marian Ghidotti High School opened in 2006. We are located on the beautiful Sierra College, Nevada County campus, in rural, Grass Valley, California. Ghidotti is a small learning community that provides a seamless transition from high school to college. Students thrive in this small, nurturing, yet academically challenging environment.

Ghidotti High School provides a rigorous and focused academic program that bridges the divide between high school and college. Ghidotti also makes higher education more accessible by reducing financial barriers.

We open each school year with our students reading nonfiction books that richly tell the stories of people in different areas of the world. These books are read over the summer and then brought into the classrooms to open the curriculum for the year. This program provides our students exposure to other thoughts, cultures, and experiences. This exposure is important in a small, rural community.

Ghidotti students display generosity to their fellow classmates. Students in all grades offer their strength in a subject to fellow classmates who donít share the same strength. This peer tutoring has sustained through time and is often used not only around the time of finals but also throughout the semester so that no student falls behind. Ghidotti students have shown that if they bring forth their strengths, their school as a whole becomes stronger; a lesson the staff and principal agree is vitally important for developing life long learners and students who not only are, but will continue to be, engaged in their community.