We accept 150 9th grade students each year. Our student capacity will be 450 students. If we receive more than 150 eligible applications, we will hold a lottery. Students not accepted may be placed on a waiting list and offered acceptance if positions become available before the school year.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year Patiño began accepting 9th grade students.
School starts at 9:20am and ends at 4:00pm. This enables us to offer transportation and coordinate our work with business partners. Certain Fridays are “late start” and begin at 10:00am
Fresno Unified bus transportation will be provided to and from home high schools.
Each student will get a high quality education that is aligned with California state standards. However, students will gain skills through a non-traditional, multi-pronged approach. Math will be taught through the lens of business accounting or statistics. Social Studies will be learned in relation to economics, marketing and leadership. Fresno Unified School District has a mission to prepare every student for life beyond high school.
New students must be entering the 9th grade and on-track to graduate. Beyond that, the school is open to everyone who has the interest and drive to succeed in a creative and non-traditional school environment. Entrepreneurs and creative thinkers possess a diverse set of skills, such as thinking outside of the box, risk-taking and problem solving. Students must be disciplined enough to work independently at times, while having the ability to work collaboratively and closely with their peers as they complete a number of group-related projects.
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.
The school opened in August of 2015-2016 school year with an initial 10th grade class. We have added a grade level each year as this class has moved up. We graduated our first class at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. In 2018-2019 we began enrolling 9th grade students and now offer a full range of grades 9-12.
Most of the traditional electives are filled with Entrepreneurship and Technology classes. So there are classes traditionally labeled elective in other high schools, but the range of these classes will be limited to the focus of the school. We can offer a more in-depth and hands-on program because we focus on a specific area. However, within the areas of entrepreneurship and technology, students do have choice in their classes and projects.
These policies are the adopted policies for all Fresno Unified High Schools.
Class sizes average the same as other Fresno Unified High Schools. However, the team collaboration model and the flexible scheduling often means more one on one and small group time with instructors.
The curriculum follows the approved California state adopted curriculum. All students will also meet a-g requirements for UC and CSU schools. Additionally, students will receive the innovative INCubatoredu entrepreneurship curriculum.
Yes. Special education support is provided through the district’s special education department.
Yes. AP classes are available, but we offer specific AP courses that meet the program of study we offer. For example, we are one of the first schools in California to offer the new AP Capstone sequence of courses. These courses allow students to study entrepreneurship at a graduate-school level and complete a thesis-style research report.
Students are able to participate in traditional extracurricular activities at the Fresno Unified comprehensive high school for which they are zoned. Additionally, there will be extracurricular clubs and activities on campus.
Going beyond projects, students will actually launch a business and learn about subjects through the business process.
There is no tuition. This is a public school.
Complete a criteria schools application from the Transfers Office. All those who have applied before the priority deadline will fill available seats. If there are more applicants than available seats, there will be a lottery.
Complete a criteria schools application from the Transfers Office.
Students must be on track for graduation after their 9th grade year. Initial placement is determined by grades after the 9th grade first quarter, but these will be re-evaluated throughout the year. It is important for students to be on-track since we do not offer 9th grade courses for make-up credit.