Every student deserves to graduate from high school with the skills and the passion to have a positive impact in their communities.

At the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation (EPAAF), we fund programs that support students at every step of their journey through high school and beyond.

The mission of EPAAF is to advocate for, advance, and raise funds to benefit the students and college-attending graduates of East Palo Alto Academy.

Our programs and resources are in pursuit of our mission - to disrupt the cycle of poverty and change the trajectory of our students. For this reason, we work to provide the resources necessary to support students and their families as they build the knowledge, skills, and passion to positively impact their own lives, their community, and the society at large.

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65%

First generation high school graduates

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95%

Average annual graduation rate

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87%

First-generation college-bound students

 

How we make
a difference

Students at East Palo Alto Academy face many challenges on the path to becoming college ready, including poverty, English as a second language, and academic preparedness. We believe a high quality education is a precious right that should be afforded to all. We want every student to make the most of his or her opportunity to learn.

EPAAF has made its mission to support programs that build students’ social and emotional well-being, so they’re prepared for college, career, and life.

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College readiness isn’t just about academics. Students are better able to understand their options for their future after high school through advisory, senior seminar, and the College and Career Center. They are connected to summer internships and other career resources, so they can explore certificate and “living wage” programs that meet their interests. Through the Early College Program, EPAA shares a unique partnership with Foothill College, so two-year bound 12th graders can take a course on career options and their pathways, and learn vital study skills in the process.

With the help of experienced, dedicated staff who participate in ongoing professional development, students also complete four year-long Exhibitions, which challenge them to develop critical communication, teamwork, research, and organizational skills that they will use in college, in their careers, and beyond.

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