Whittier City ESD

Cecilia Perez, Board President; Maria Martinez-Poulin, Superintendent; Irella Perez, Board Vice President; Maria Ruiz, Principal; Crysa Saade, Coach; Kevin Nielson, Teacher

The purpose of Jackson College Preparatory Academy’s College and Career Readiness Program is to close the achievement gap for low-income and underserved students. Jackson implemented this system to provide equity and access to the community it serves, consisting of 98 percent Hispanic/Latino students, 40 percent English language learners and 89 percent of students who receive free and reduced-price lunch. Strategies are implemented schoolwide (TK–fifth grade) that empower students, promote self-advocacy and develop academic habits while nurturing soft skills such as time management, collaboration, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication. These skills offer students a better opportunity to succeed in their pursuit of higher education and future careers.