• What is an independent study charter school?

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    Charters schools are independent public schools with unique educational approaches and flexible curriculum that works best for each individual student. Independent study is where the majority of learning is done outside of the traditional classroom setting with the parent/guardian who is referred to as the “home educator”  and supported by an onsite Advisory Teacher.

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  • What grade levels does COIL serve?

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    COILserves students in grades K-12.

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  • What is the age cut-off for kindergarten?

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    Students must turn 5 by September 1st in order to enroll into kindergarten. 

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  • What counties does COIL serve?

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    Families may live in Alameda County or any county that touches Alameda County in California and attend COIL. Those counties are Contra Costa, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus Counties.

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  • How much does it cost to attend COIL?

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    COIL is free for families. We are a publicly-funded charter school.

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  • How do I enroll my child?

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    You must attend one of our orientation meetings in order to enroll your child into COIL. Once you have attended a meeting and decide to enroll, you will be given an registration packet. Please see our registration page for more information or call the COIL Office at 510-797-0100 if you have any questions.

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  • What is the waiting list and lottery?

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    This occurs when we receive a completed enrollment packet, but do not have current opening for that specific grade level.  When this occurs and a space becomes available, a random drawing is held for the students that are eligible based on the grade level open with priority given to those who have siblings already attending or live in Fremont. 
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  • Can I be enrolled in another school at the same time as COIL?

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    No.  Every COIL student must be enrolled as a full-time student at COIL only. 
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  • Do I have to meet with a teacher? How often if so?

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    Each COIL student is assigned a CA credentialed teacher called an Advisory Teacher. The Advisory Teacher supports the parent and helps ensure the student is making adequate progress towards mastering grade level standards. You and your child will meet face-to-face with the Advisory Teacher at COIL at least every 20 days, which constitutes a Learning Period.

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  • What happens at an Advisory Teacher meeting?

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    The Advisory Teacher will review completed work, collect work samples, and assess the mastery of topics assigned in the Learning Period through written or verbal means. They will also assign work for the next Learning Period.

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  • I have students in different grades. Will they have the same teacher?

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    Our teachers are credentialed and certified to teach a specific student population. However, we recognize the needs of families who have students in different grades levels and carefully select staff to serve them the best.

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  • Do you offer on-site classes?

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    We do offer a range of on-site classes for all grades. Please see our current class schedule here

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  • Do you offer funding to parents?

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    No, we do not offer any funding. We offer all needed curriculum and materials to students for their use. 

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  • Do students have to take state-mandated tests?

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    All COIL students are required to participate in state-mandated tests. We administer CAASPP testing as outlined. The guidelines can be found here

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  • What curriculum and other resources are provided?

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    Materials are provided and range from standard texts and workbooks, online instructional materials, and hands-on materials. Curriculum is aligned with state standards. We offer multiple options and levels to choose from for each course offered. Field trips and other educational activities also support student learning. 

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  • Who do I contact for more information?

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    For more information, please attend a parent information meeting or contact the COIL Front Office at 510-797-0100 or by email at coilcharter@fremont.k12.ca.us.

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