Circle of Independent Learning (COIL) is an independent study, personalized learning, public charter school.  COIL opened its doors in September 1998, authorized by the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD). COIL provides successful educational alternatives to students within Alameda County and any adjoining county. Highly Qualified California credentialed teachers are assigned to serve as Advisory Teachers for each student. The teacher facilitates a personalized learning plan; utilizing a wide variety of curriculum choices and onsite support labs to help each student achieve success.

    With a vision of “reaching the unique bent of genius in each of its students,” COIL’s mission is to provide a “circle of learning” where the student, parent, advisory teacher, and support staff work together to address the needs of each individual student. This model provides a personalized approach to education where students are led and mentored to discover their unique learning styles, academic goals, and mature into independent, lifelong learners. COIL’s vision complements FUSD’s mission “to provide equitable opportunities that educate, challenge, and inspire students of all ages, talents, and ability levels while preparing each with the skills required to adapt and to succeed in an ever-changing world”.

    COIL is a public charter school that is funded by state tax dollars and governed by applicable Federal and California State Charter-School and Independent Study laws. COIL is sponsored by Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and governed by a Governance Council comprised of parents, community members, and teachers. The Governance Council functions as COIL’s site based decision-making body. It meets monthly and is responsible for charter accountability and modifications, financial accountability, and for evaluating the effectiveness of the charter school. The Executive Director reports to the Governance Council.

    COIL is accredited through the Accrediting Commission within the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  WASC is a professional organization that periodically reviews the accreditation of its member schools.