Where We Work

Where We Work

East Palo Alto

Palo Alto is known as a hub of education and new ideas – it’s the home of countless leaders in the tech-industry and the site of Stanford University’s campus. But in the East Palo Alto district, on the other side of the freeway from Palo Alto and where College Track has made its home, only 29% of African-American students and 36% of Hispanic students graduate meeting the California state college readiness standards. This inequality has long been the norm. It’s why in 1997, College Track opened the doors of a small, store-front center to twenty-seven students in the Sequoia Union High...

Oakland

Oakland, California is home to the busiest port in Northern California – it’s a seat of trade for the entire region. But while the port thrives and startups boom in Oakland itself, the children of this city see vast disparities in educational outcomes. For instance, nearly half of graduates from Oakland Unified School District are not eligible for state college when they graduate from high school. And while 72% of white students are proficient in reading and writing by 11th grade, just 17% of Latino students and 14% of African-American students are proficient. Gaps like these hinder students’ success in school and limit...

San Francisco

For generations, San Francisco has been a land of dreams. From the Gold Rush of the late 1800s to the tech-boom of today, San Francisco has stood for hope and innovation. Nevertheless, the region’s education system doesn’t support all children in making their high hopes a reality. The harsh reality is this: In San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, less than 1 in 20 students graduate high school eligible for college, which is why College Track San Francisco opened its doors in 2007. Through the leadership of Site Director Omar Butler, College Track San Francisco’s new home at the...

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is, in many parts, thriving, but while its known for its glamor and wealth, much of the city faces a harsher reality. Yet, in the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights, only 5% of residents age 25 or older hold a 4-year degree. College Track’s sixth center, i.am College Track in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, began with 57 students in 2012 but will expand to serve over 300 students by 2016. Partnering with will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Wasserman Foundation, i.am College Track will focus on providing students the resources they need to get...

Sacramento

As the capital and one of the most historic cities in California, Sacramento should be setting the bar for educational success for all students. Yet, in the Oak Park neighborhood, nearly half of adult residents have not earned a high school diploma, and only 8% have a college degree. College Track intends to change that. With the support of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and in partnership with St. HOPE Public Schools, College Track will open its doors in the heart of Oak Park at the start of the 2014-2015 academic school year. Our inaugural class will be comprised of 60 freshmen from...

New Orleans

New Orleans is a strong and vibrant city, known for its charisma and resilience. Though much of the physical wreckage of Hurricane Katrina is repaired, the trauma and economic damage remain still today. A strong education can help students lead their city to continued recovery and incredible greatness, but in New Orleans in 2012, the most common school rating by the Louisiana Department of Education was a “F.” Schools with this score have between 0 and 38% of their students performing at grade level. Urban League College Track in New Orleans is doing its best to help students not just meet grade level,...

Aurora

The mountains visible from Aurora, Colorado are often seen as symbols of great possibility, but the college enrollment rate for the district tells a different story – less than 25% of high school graduates enroll in a 4-year college. We believe this can – and must – change, drastically. Under the leadership of Site Director Adam Silver, and in partnership with Colorado-based education non-profit, Summit 54, we’re working to guide our scholars to graduate not just from high school, but from college. Aurora was College Track’s fifth center nationwide, and serves over 100 students from Rangeview High school today. Over the next three years,...