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Elsie Allen High School is committed to supporting your students as they prepare for 21st century life, citizenship, and work. Now is the time to dream, plan, and achieve greatness! Our goal is to help each student realize their full potential and grow into successful individuals.
Hundreds of seventh graders from Lawrence Cook Middle School visited our campus and stormed Sonoma State University to get a feel for the high school and college they're guaranteed admission to - thanks to an agreement with the Santa Rosa City Schools District and Sonoma State University.
The middle school students were wowed by our EAHS Drum Line, Music and Dance students, and Drama performances. At SSU they were treated to student-led tours, peppering their guides with questions about potential majors, dorm life and, of course, the food. They were getting a sense of what school will be like if they complete the Compact For Success program, which guarantees them a spot at SSU when they graduate high school.
As Nicolas Grizzle, the Sonoma State University reporter, states these students start prepping for college early, even before heading to high school. The middle schoolers sign a the compact then head to Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa to complete their part of the deal. The program, which began in 2011, will see its first students entering college in 2017. 'This higher education partnership is the only on of its kind in Sonoma County,' says Elsie Allen High School principal Mary Gail Stablein.
The student population at Lawrence Cook Middle School is 79 percent Hispanic or Latino and 93 percent socioeconomically disadvantaged. Elsie Allen High School's population is 77 percent Hispanic or Latino and 87 percent socioeconomically disadvantaged. The vast majority of the program's students' parents did not attend college. 'The idea is... to target students who are underserved in our community so that they have the inspiration and motivation to go on to a four year university and graduate,' says Gustavo Flores, SSU's director of enrollment management.
In a couple years, those students who were wowed by SSU's student center, butterfly garden and art department on Friday will be enrolled into the Elsie Allen University Center program, which sends students to SSU's campus to earn up to a year's worth of college credit before graduating from high school. The program does have a few stipulations--students must graduate from Elsie Allen with at least a 3.0 average in the A-G college preparatory curriculum, pass entry-level math and English placement tests and declare a college major, along with other requirements.
SSU President Ruben Armiñana is a strong supporter of the A to G college prep curriculum, says Carlos Ayala, Dean of the School of Education at SSU. 'Because of that, he allowed us to explore this opportunity to create a partnership with Elsie Allen.'
The high school has other college prep programs, but the Compact For Success is the only one open to nearly all students (they must begin the program at Cook Middle School) and offers a guaranteed college admission. "We're all about making sure kids have these choices for their future," said Stablein."
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Elsie Allen High School Class of 2020!
LCMS Principal Gannon, EAHS Principal Stablein, SSU Dr. Ayala
What are the 4C's?
What is the LCAP?
The Local Control Accountability Plan, LCAP, is the new funding model in California schools. It allows for districts to listen to their stakeholders and hear what the needs are and fund accordingly.
What is ELAC?
The English Learner Advisory Committee, ELAC, meets monthly and is designed for parents of English learners to offer suggestions on school programs, procedures, and policies.
What is CCSS?
The Common Core State Standards, CCSS, are designed to help all students become College and Career ready.
What is AVID?
Achievement Via Individual Determination, AVID, classes prepare first generation college bound students to successfully matriculate to a 2 or 4 year university.