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 percent of African-American students and 36 percent 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...

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 percent of white students are proficient in reading and writing by eleventh grade, just 17 percent of Latino students and 14 percent of African-American students are proficient. Gaps like these hinder students’ success in...

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. College Track San Francisco’s home at the heart of Bayview will serve over 500 high school and...

Los Angeles - Boyle Heights

Los Angeles is, in many parts, thriving, but while its known for its glamour and wealth, much of the city faces a harsher reality. Yet, in the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights, only 5 percent of residents age 25 or older hold a four-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...

Los Angeles - Watts

The South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts is known for the riots of 1965 and the resulting economic and social impact on the community. Today, one-third of Watt’s residents have a high school diploma, and only three percent of the population has earned a college degree. Students in Watts face many obstacles getting into and graduating from college. From schools that lack the resources to ensure they have a high-quality education to growing up in a historically disenfranchised community. These young people are just as motivated, intellectually curious, committed, and creative as children anywhere, but they aren’t getting the...

Sacramento

College Track Sacramento began serving students in 2014, opening its doors to 60 ninth graders. Every week, students attend workshops and tutoring sessions that strengthen their academic skills and prepare them for college entrance exams. Our extracurricular program provides enrichment opportunities that enable students to discover their unique passions and develop strong character. In the summer of 2015, we enrolled a new class of ninth graders and will add new cohorts each year, with full enrollment reaching 450 high school and college students. We currently serve nearly 120 students, 88 percent of whom will be the first in their families to graduate with a four-year degree....

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 percent of their students performing at grade level. College Track New Orleans is doing its best to help students not just meet grade level, but exceed...

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 percent of high school graduates enroll in a four-year college. We believe this can – and must – change, drastically. Under the leadership of Site Director Michael Harbaugh, 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 site, and serves over 100 students from Rangeview High school today. Over the next three years,...