EPAA is a family-oriented school. I feel really close to everyone here. Teachers care about you personally – their doors are always open. My experience at EPAA and with my counselor has taught me about how to accept myself. I used to want to be someone else, but now I am happy being the person I am.
— Shana B., Class of 2019
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EPAA STUDENTS FACE THE TWIN CHALLENGES OF BEING
UNPREPARED FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND GRADUATING READY TO PERSIST AT COLLEGE.

95%

Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

75%

English language
learners.

20%

Incoming 9th
graders read at grade level

22%

Incoming 9th graders who are grade-level proficient in math

East Palo Alto Academy is a 360-student charter high school in the Sequoia Union High School District, dedicated to preparing students for college and life beyond school. Most EPAA graduates are not only the first in their families to attend college, but also the first to graduate from high school. For the past 16 years, East Palo Alto Academy has been transforming the lives of students in the East Palo Alto community. We are a small neighborhood school with a big impact. Most of EPAA graduates are not only the first in their families to attend college, but the first to graduate from high school. Thanks to a partnership with the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation (EPAAF) and many community organizations, we provide extensive wraparound services, college-bound coursework, small class sizes and a substantive advisory program. 

With this unique blend of personalized learning, early college access and social-emotional curriculum, we provide a fundamentally different student experience. EPAA’s award-winning and exceptionally dedicated faculty and staff strive every day to achieve our mission to prepare students for college and for the 21st century world and workplace by enabling them to graduate with the full array of knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success in a complex world, and with the ability to learn independently throughout their lives.

At EPAA, every student benefits from a college-ready and career-ready curriculum. This program targets all types of students - those who are highly motivated academically, as well as those with emotional or social challenges holding them back. With support from teachers, tutors, and guidance counselors, students are encouraged to tackle essential coursework for college admission and success. Small class sizes give students better access to their teachers and greater academic support.

AWARDS

2018 Kent Award recipient – recognizing outstanding and innovative school programs in San Mateo County

2018 Civic Learning Award of Distinction from the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

2018 Hollyhock Fellowships for EPAA teachers – from the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University

 
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“Being a first generation student makes it really hard to want to go to college because of the fear of it being difficult and not knowing. Therefore, taking early college classes benefitted me by helping me build those good college habits I can take with me as a first generation student.”
— Alondra V., Class of 2018