On the Right Track

On the Right Track

It is always exciting when new research validates how East Palo Alto Academy (EPAA) teachers support our students. A recent study by Stanford education researcher Sade Bonilla highlights the value of secondary school career training programs and partnerships with community colleges—exactly like the Engineering Technology certification pathway that EPAA is launching in the fall!

Program Spotlight: The Dream Lab

Program Spotlight: The Dream Lab

I am very excited to share an update about the Dream Lab. A group of EPAA students has been dedicated to using technology to help others. All year, they have been working with a particular community member who struggles with mobility. Too often, drivers will leave their cars in the loading zone next to her parking spot, so she is unable to use her van's wheelchair ramp until they return…

From the Principal's Office: A Conversation with Amika Guillaume

From the Principal's Office: A Conversation with Amika Guillaume

As principal of East Palo Alto Academy, Amika Guillaume leads the pursuit of our school’s mission: supporting our hardworking, primarily first-generation students on their journey to college. With more than a decade of experience promoting educational equity in East Palo Alto, Amika has worked with many EPAA families since their children were in elementary school. In this interview, she takes a few minutes out of her busy day to tell us how she found her way to EPAA and what drives her passion.