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About School Of Unlimited Learning
What We Do
About School Of Unlimited Learning
What We Do
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School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) educational program is located at the Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Center at 2336 Calaveras Street. SOUL’s instructional staff consists of 11 fully credentialed, full-time teachers, who serve an average of 200 students per semester. SOUL offers a rigorous academic, standards-based curriculum.
SOUL is an excellent educational option for those seeking a small school alternative to a large, traditional high school.
The mission of the School of Unlimited Learning Charter High School is to provide comprehensive learning experiences in a manner and in an environment that enables students to obtain skills, knowledge, and motivation to be self-directed, life-long learners as they mature toward self-sufficiency.
SOUL Principal, Susan Lopez
SOUL is an Accredited High School
School of Unlimited Learning is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for providing an exemplary academic program and a myriad of support services crucial to the success of at-risk students.
CA Assembly Bill 104: Pupil instruction; retention, grade changes and exemptions (2021-2022)
CA Assembly Bill 130: Extended Charter
SOUL Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (rev. 11-03-20)
SOUL Single Plan for Student Achievement (rev. 11-03-20)
Fresno EOC School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) is re-launching classroom-based instruction after shifting to solely independent study due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students still have the option to choose independent study if they have extenuating circumstances. The spring semester begins on January 9, 2023.
The program offers a standards-based curriculum with A-G approved courses, providing the same rigor found in traditional classroom-based settings. Independent Study students are scheduled for a minimum of one hour per week, but are able to access and benefit from the additional services available at any time. In addition to providing a comprehensive high school curriculum, SOUL also offers Independent Study students a wide array of support services, including personal and mental health counseling, case management, access to health services, family services, and childcare services.
Along with weekly, one-on-one meetings with teachers, students have the option to register for small group classes focusing on career development and personal enrichment. These short-term classes offer students a chance to interact with peers in a safe environment, as well as the opportunity to explore career fields such as Health Care, Law, Music, Finance, Early Childhood Education and to focus on personal, social/emotional wellness.
Curriculum for SOUL’s core subjects is aligned with state standards. Grade level standards are taught in all core academic classes. As a charter school, we exercise our freedom to explore alternative types of curriculum, which may or may not be state mandated. For instance, we apply supplemental materials that are utilized to help students understand the subject matter, in their reading, without compromising the grade level standard. In this case, if a 10th-grade student was reading at a sixth-grade level, the student can still learn 10th-grade standards in English Language Arts because the readability of the supplemental materials is more understandable for that student. While a textbook claims to provide grade-level content, over the past few years, there has been a shift from a textbook-centered curriculum to a standards-driven curriculum. All core curriculum materials are selected in accordance with the content standards. SOUL’s goal is to provide high-quality, high-interest materials that assist students toward becoming proficient in all core content areas. All core academic teachers are responsible for reviewing materials in light of student assessment data to determine if there is a need to modify curriculum to increase performance outcomes. SOUL’s Principal, who serves as instructional leader, is instrumental in articulating data to fulfill the needs of teachers and students.
In order to obtain skills, knowledge, and motivation to be self-directed, life-long learners as they mature toward self-sufficiency in the 21st century, the students at the School of Unlimited Learning will be:
- Demonstrate ability to read, write, speak and listen for a variety of reasons.
- Possess social and cultural literacy skills to function productively in today’s society.
- Demonstrate mastery of basic skills, especially in Math and English Language Arts.
- Demonstrate proficiency in all core academic subjects.
Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers
- Analyze, synthesize, and apply information.
- Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to real life situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively access resources and information in the community.
- Locate, access, organize, evaluate, and supply information for a complex and technological world.
Self-Directed Lifelong Learners
- Set, pursue, and accomplish realistic and challenging goals.
- Develop a post-secondary (college and/or career preparation) plan that clearly reflects the options and choices available to them upon graduation.
Responsible and Productive Citizens
- Demonstrate healthy, responsible behavior and work collaboratively and respectfully in an ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse community.
- Recognize and respect the rules and processes that govern society.
With our small, school setting, students are able to have mutual respect with peers and staff.
Each student receives case management services to help with personal and social situations. When someone has an ability to deal with difficult situations, they are able to thrive personally and academically. Case managers work closely with the students to access resources provided by Fresno EOC and other community agencies to address personal, family, social, and emotional needs. In addition to case management services, SOUL offers Social/Emotional Coaching, support services through Fresno State’s Social Work program, and a myriad of Fresno EOC and community partner resources. Case managers are available to every student at SOUL. A family meeting is held upon enrollment, followed by several individual meetings so that a trusting relationship can be developed. Case managers are well versed in student needs assessment, and appropriate service and resource referrals for the whole family.
Other services offered on or near SOUL’s campus are:
- College and Career Coaching and Advising
- Mental health counseling
- Personal coaching and support
- Temporary shelter and counseling for runaway youth by Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter
- Child care and child development offered by Fresno EOC Head Start/Early Head Start programs
- Health service needs to be provided by Fresno EOC’s health clinic
- Housing and homelessness issues addressed by Fresno EOC Housing Programs
SOUL presently serves, educates, and works with students grades 9 through 12, ages 14 to 22, residing in the Fresno area who have not yet received a high school diploma. The targeted youth often, but not necessarily, have a history of low academic achievement and are not currently benefiting from available support services in the traditional school system. Many are also in need of social services, which SOUL provides in addition to its core academic program.
How Do I Enroll?
The School of Unlimited Learning has an open enrollment and open exit policy. Enrollment is voluntary and no tuition is charged. The School of Unlimited Learning is non-sectarian in its admission policies and its programs and shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability and follows federal laws concerning discrimination.
To find out more about the enrollment process, please call (559) 500-1352 or fill out and submit our contact form.
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