• School Mission:

    Welcome to El Puente – an Alternative School of Choice for students in grades 7-12.

    Our mission is to provide a learning environment and educational delivery system that best suits the academic abilities, learning styles and personal interests of each student. We provide a rigorous curriculum and a music program using Independent Study.

    Independent Study is provided as an alternative instructional strategy, not an alternative curriculum. Independent Study students work independently, according to a written agreement and under the general supervision of a credentialed teacher or teachers. While Independent Study students follow the district-adopted curriculum and meet the district graduation requirements, Independent Study offers flexibility to meet the student’s needs.

    El Puente School, approved by the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees, opened August of 2011. The El Puente School is located at the Salinas Education Center, 20 Sherwood Place in Salinas, California.

    El Puente School has a block schedule and students attend 70 minutes, 5 days per week depending on their grade level. Students work with one subject at a time.


    School Vision:

    • Here is a safe place academically, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially where people are celebrated for their differences.

    • Students will be engaged in creativity through a variety of arts, music, electives, clubs, field trips and sports opportunities that are offered.

    • Students take ownership of their education and their contributions to their community.

    • All students and teachers are engaged in rigorous curriculum where students are given the opportunity to think critically and apply what they have learned to real world contexts.

    • All Staff and students exemplify moral and ethical behavior by respecting and supporting each other .