Approach
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Education transforms lives

We know that to be true. That simple fact is the reason we work tirelessly to make college for certain a reality for every Aspire student.

Our goal is ambitious, and our focus is fierce.

At our core, we believe that every student deserves that opportunity, and it’s our job to equip them with the skills to succeed when they get there. Where is there? Berkeley, Cal State, Fisk, San Francisco State, Howard, UC San Diego, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, USC – you name it, they’ll be ready.

Early College High School

Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college so that students earn college credits which may transfer with them to their future post-secondary placements.

Each Aspire student must pass five college courses in order to earn their high school diplomas. Successfully taking and passing college courses while in high school, provides our students with numerous advantages. First, students gain a first-hand understanding of how high school differs from college and to prepare for the rigors ahead. Second, research suggests students are more likely to pursue post-secondary education when they have developed a college-going identity such as that developed by success in college courses. Third, Aspire students start their college careers with more than a semester’s worth of college credits on their transcripts- this head start allows students to take on lighter academic loads while in college or to graduate early.  All of these advantages are conferred through the early college model- tuition free.

Aspire's Early College High School partners include: Alliant International University, Berkeley City College, Canada College, Laney College, Kirkwood College, Tiffin University (Ivy Bridge), San Joaquin Delta College, and UC Berkeley.

Why College?

Because it gives students the opportunity to:
  • Pursue something they love
  • Gain access to more people and possibilities for their lives
  • Acquire the skills they need to support themselves and a family throughout life
  • Start on a path of self-sufficiency in adulthood and contribute time and talents to their communities

 

College Acceptance

For the last eight years, every Aspire graduating senior earned acceptance to a 4-year college. They worked hard for it, and they have more hard work ahead.

Each Aspire student must pass five college courses in order to earn their high school diplomas.