Cesar E. Chavez School
for Social Change
The Cesar E. Chavez School
for Social Change is an alternative high
school made possible by the collaboration between the
Santa Cruz chapter of Barrios Unidos and the County
Office of Education. Its purpose is to educate, train and
develop youth leaders. The school targets youth that
can take advantage of a broad-based educational
approach that combines a core academic curriculum
and a leadership development program. The Cesar E.
Chavez School for Social Change is committed to the
principle of empowering youth to become positive, successful young adults.
The goals for the Cesar E. Chavez School for Social
- Preparing youth with skills that can put them on a personal path of
- Providing instruction using a standard core and enriched curriculum
based on high academic expectations.
- California High School Exit Exam Preparation.
- Fostering the development of positive self-awareness and self-esteem among
students through culturally relevant enriching activities.
- Providing vocational counseling.
- Involving students in counseling and self-improvement programs to raise
protective factors and reduce "at-risk" factors.
- Developing youth leaders among participating students.
- Helping transition students back into comprehensive schools and experience higher education
opportunities in local colleges and universities.
- Developing parent participation and leadership.
- From the County Office of
Education, turn right onto
- Turn left, take Highway 1
- Proceed to Morrissey Blvd.
Exit. Follow Morrissey
towards the beach.
- At Soquel Avenue turn Left.
- Proceed on Soquel Ave.
past Frederick Street.
- The Cesar E. Chavez School
for Social Change is located
on the left side across
the street from Walgreens
Partnerships with community agencies, Cabrillo College and UCSC allow students to become
familiar with local services.
This experience helps students gain the social skills, knowledge and
awareness of local issues needed to provide community service.
"When we are really honest
with ourselves we must admit
that our lives are all that
really belong to us. So it is
how we use our lives that
determines what kind of
people we are. It is my
deepest belief that only by
giving our lives do we find
life. I am convinced that the
truest act of courage...is to
sacrifice ourself for others in
a totally non-violent struggle
Expected Schoolwide Learning Results
SCCOE Alternative Education will prepare its graduates to be:
- Academic Achievers
- Problem Solvers
- Effective Communicators
- Collaborative Workers
- Responsible Community Members
- Productive, Self-directed Adults
Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change, an Alternative Education Program of the Santa Cruz County
Office of Education, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A minimum of 200
credits is required for high school graduation.
Also visit the Alternative Education Programs Career Center.
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