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Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change

Phone: (831) 457-8208

Fax: (831) 457-0389

Address: 1817 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Grade: 7 through 12

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Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change

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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 Change include:

  • Preparing youth with skills that can put them on a personal path of leadership development.
  • 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.
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  • From the County Office of Education, turn right onto River Street
  • Turn left, take Highway 1 South
  • 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 Drug Store.

Community Involvement:

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 to sacrifice ourself for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice."
-Cesar Chavez

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results
SCCOE Alternative Education will prepare its graduates to be:

  1. Academic Achievers
  2. Problem Solvers
  3. Effective Communicators
  4. Collaborative Workers
  5. Responsible Community Members
  6. 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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