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About School Of Unlimited Learning
What We Do
School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) offers a classroom-based program and an independent study program. Both components of SOUL’s educational program are located at the Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Center at 2336 Calaveras Street. SOUL’s instructional staff consists of 10 fully credentialed, full-time teachers, who serve an average of 120 classroom-based students, and 120 Independent Study students per semester. Both the classroom-based and Independent Study programs offer the same 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 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.
Learn the way YOU want to learn through classroom-based or independent study options.
The School of Unlimited Learning provides 180 days of instruction for classroom-based and Independent Study students. For the classroom-based students, classes are held Monday through Friday according to the School’s board-approved calendar, bell schedule, and instructional minutes. SOUL’s calendar is the same as that of Fresno Unified School District. All classes in the classroom-based program are 60 minutes in length, with the exception of SOUL’s minimum day schedule. Mondays follow a minimum day schedule, with teacher planning time and scheduled staff development in the afternoon. SOUL’s schedule exceeds the number of minutes required by Education Code Section 47612.5(a)(1).
Independent Study Program
The Independent Study program is an optional educational alternative. Students cannot be required to participate. Students who choose the Independent Study component typically face scheduling conflicts within a traditional school day. They voluntarily enroll in this alternative instructional program. Students enrolling in SOUL’s Independent Study program, for the most part, possess higher reading and math skills, enabling them to work independently.
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.
Prior to entering SOUL’s Independent Study program, students must articulate a compelling reason or need for the Independent Study alternative, such as a physical disability, pregnancy, lack of childcare, family hardship, or an identified personal, social, or mental health issue which prevents them from attending school on a daily basis. Like the classroom-based program, SOUL’s Independent Study program offers a standards-based curriculum. In recent years, a concerted effort has been made to bring about greater alignment in regards to the Independent Study curriculum and grade level standards. The recent curricular alignment between the classroom based and Independent Study programs has increased the rigor of Independent Study.
Curriculum for SOUL’s core subjects is aligned with state standards. Grade level standards are taught in all core academic classes each day. As a charter school, we exercise our freedom to explore alternative types of curriculum, which may or may not be state mandated. Due to the fact that most of SOUL students are skills deficient and reading below grade level, supplemental materials are utilized to facilitate student understanding of the subject matter, without compromising the grade level standard. In other words, a 10th grade student reading at the sixth grade level can still learn 10th grade standards in English language arts, but the readability of the supplemental materials is more comprehensible to the student. While a textbook claims to provide grade level content, over the past few years, there has been a shift away 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.
SOUL helps connect students to school in a wide variety of ways. We can help increase school attendance, connectedness, and involvement in extracurricular activities. SOUL has youth mentors, career development, leadership, community service clubs, music education, and sports.
With our small, school setting, students are able to have mutual respect with classmates 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 mental health counseling through partners, as well as additional support services through Fresno State’s Social Work program. Case managers are available to every student at SOUL, whether enrolled in the Classroom-Based Program or in the Independent Study Program. 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.
Other services offered on or near SOUL’s campus are:
- 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) 498-8543 or fill out and submit our contact form.
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