San Jose’s Downtown College Prep — the charter school in my book — is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first graduating class at commencement ceremonies for the class of 2014. Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, will be the keynote speaker.
DCP now has three middle and high schools — the fourth will open in the fall — and more than 500 alumni. Nearly all are Latinos from low-income families. Eighty percent of incoming students are 2+ years below grade level in English and/or math. Ninety-six percent will be the first in their family to go to college.
All DCP seniors apply to four-year universities and 96 percent go directly to college
DCP students are 4 times more likely than all California Latino high school graduates to enroll in a state university
DCP students are four times more likely to complete college in six-years than their low-income peers nationwide
DCP was ranked #36 out of 2,000 schools in California by U.S. News in 2013 and 2014.
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