Educational Institutions

Eastside College Preparatory School, Inc.

aka Eastside College Preparatory School

East Palo Alto, CA


At Eastside College Preparatory School we are committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education. Our challenging and engaging curriculum enables students to discover their intellectual strengths, sharpen their academic skills, and embrace new opportunities in a culture of learning that supports the potential of every student to enter and succeed in a four-year college and beyond. Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community.

Ruling Year



Mr. Chris Bischof

Vice Principal

Ms. Helen Kim

Main Address

1041 Myrtle Street

East Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA


minority education, underserved population, at-risk youth





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Ever since East Palo Alto’s only high school closed in 1976, all high school students had been bused out of their own community to schools in neighboring, more affluent communities. Through the placement process, these students were assigned to non-college track classes. The results were dramatic: students from East Palo Alto dropped out of high school at the alarming rate of 65%. Of the 35% who did graduate, less than 10% enrolled in four-year colleges. Today, the statistic is roughly the same: 62% of students in the Ravenswood school district drop out of high school. Eastside is an independent secondary school founded in 1996 to turn back this tide that each year caused hundreds of young people to see their life choices narrow dramatically. Originally founded to prepare students for four-year colleges and universities, at Eastside today we are committed to supporting our students through college and in their transition to professional careers.

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One of our primary goals each year is to maintain our students’ 100% college acceptance rate and to assure that every student matriculates. While this goal remains constant, we must continue to evolve our strategies to align with the strengths and challenges of our current students. As we have learned more about the challenges first-generation students face in college and in their transition to professional careers, we have expanded our mission to include significant support beyond high school graduation day, knowing that this milestone, while important, is just the first step in our students’ journey toward success. We have thus created an Alumni Program, including both college coaches and career coaches, to support our graduates in college and to help them explore and secure professional employment.

All students sign a contract pledging their dedication to succeed by attending school each day, completing their homework to the best of their abilities, and seeking help as needed. In return, our faculty is committed to teach, encourage, and inspire our students. The school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm, and includes tutorial periods during which students can receive one-on-one help from their teachers and tutors. Our three-year college readiness program, summer session, residential program, and alumni and career pathways program all provide critical layers of support that enable our students to meet the expectations of our challenging college preparatory curriculum and succeed in college and beyond. A culture of mutual respect and admiration has grown up between students and faculty, creating a positive environment in which students become active participants in their own educational and personal growth.

We have relatively low faculty turnover, typically just a few positions a year, and we are very grateful for the stability this consistency affords our program. The majority of our faculty have been at Eastside for more than five years, and many teachers have marked 10 and 15 year anniversaries. Students benefit from their teachers’ deep experience, as well as their commitment to setting high standards and providing a tremendous amount of support.

We use a longitudinal approach when measuring the impact of our programs and realize that high school graduation is just the first step in our students’ journey toward success. We measure our success by tracking our student retention rate, our college acceptance rate, our college completion rate, and our “first destination” rate – the number of students employed in professional careers within 6 months of graduating college. The many layers of support we provide our students and our alumni help us achieve our goals in each of these critical areas.

• 100% of Eastside graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges, including Bowdoin College, M.I.T., Georgetown University, Stanford University, Yale University, U.C. Santa Cruz and Wesleyan University. While college preparation and matriculation remain important markers of our programs’ successes, we expanded our program to serve alumni through college and career coaching. • 76% of our alumni have either graduated from a four-year college or university or are on track to graduate within six years. Since the national college completion rate for first-generation college students is just 11%, we are encouraged by our own college graduation rate, and attribute it to our alumni support program, which we continue to expand and strengthen as we learn more about the kinds of support systems our alumni need to flourish in college and as they launch their professional careers.

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Awards & Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


Eastside College Preparatory School, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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