FAQ

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How many students do you accept?
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We accept 150 10th grade students each year. Once we complete our 10-12 grade student body, our student capacity will be 450 students. If we receive more than 150 eligible applications, we hold a lottery. Students not accepted may be placed on a waiting list and offered acceptance if positions become available before the school year.

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Do you accept 9th grade students?
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Our school begins at the 10th grade level. We only accept students entering the 10th grade.

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What are the school hours?
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School starts at 9:15 and end at 3:55. This enables us to offer transportation and coordinate our work with business partners.

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Does the school offer transportation?
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Fresno Unified bus transportation will be provided to and from home high schools.

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Will students be prepared for college?
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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.

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Who can attend?
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New students must be entering the 10th 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.

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What is project based learning?
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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.

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What are your grade levels?
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The school opened in August of 2015-2016 school year with an initial 10th grade class. We will be adding a grade level each year as this class moves up. We will graduate our first class at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. In 2017-2018 we will offer our full range of grades 10-12.

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Are there electives offered?
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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.

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What are the policies on dress code and discipline?
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These policies are the adopted policies for all Fresno Unified High Schools.

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What are the class sizes?
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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.

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What is the curriculum?
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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.

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Is special education support offered?
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Yes. Special education support is provided through the district’s special education department.

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Are college credit course, such as AP classes, offered?
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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.

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What extracurricular activities are offered?
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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.

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What makes this school different?
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Going beyond projects, students will actually launch a business and learn about subjects through the business process.

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How much is the tuition?
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There is no tuition. This is a public school.

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When is the priority application deadline?
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12/01/15

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What is the application process?
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Complete a criteria schools application from the Transfers Office. All those who have applied before the priority deadline of 12/01/15 will fill available seats. If there are more applicants than available seats, there will be a lottery.

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How do students/parents apply?
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Complete a criteria schools application from the Transfers Office.

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What are the enrollment requirements?
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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.