Two day-long ceremonies took place in mid-December at the school’s Sanctuary Theater in downtown Fresno. 80% of the graduates plan to further their education, with 14 attending Fresno City College, two attending Fresno EOC Training and Employment programs, and one attending culinary school.
SOUL Principal Susan Lopez said, “I am very proud of our students. They never gave up despite the additional obstacles that the pandemic put forth. Everyone involved, students, their families, and SOUL staff, never lost sight of the goal of graduation. Congratulations to all!”
Grads were recognized individually for safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each student and their 8 guests were allotted 15 to 20 minutes for photos and to receive their diploma as well as a senior gift, a backpack of supplies gathered by students in the school’s Interact Club, which is supported by the Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno.
Historically, SOUL students have often, but not necessarily, faced academic challenges which could have prevented them from graduating and they may not have benefited from available support services in the traditional school system. Some have also needed social services, which SOUL provides in addition to its academic program. Many SOUL students have persevered and seen success. To date, the charter school has produced approximately 800 grads in its more than 20-year history.
School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) is currently offering a hybrid independent study program. SOUL’s educational program is located at the Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Center at 2336 Calaveras Street in downtown Fresno. SOUL provides a rigorous academic, standards-based curriculum and is an excellent educational option for those seeking a small school alternative to a large, traditional high school. SOUL was first chartered in 1998 through Fresno Unified. It is operated by Fresno EOC and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
If you feel a student could benefit from the educational programs of SOUL, please call (559) 500-1352 for more information or visit the school’s website. The office is closed for the holidays, but will re-open January 6, 2022.