Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Far West?

An anonymous commenter on the previous entry writes that
Does anyone know anything more to share about Far West? Location? Course offerings? Campus safety? Anything else?

Friday, August 10, 2007

CSU and LPS to review transcripts for UPrep students

LPS-College Park
Learn. Lead. Succeed.

Contact: Juan Vera
510.633.0750 x615


Cal State East Bay, LPS-College Park to review transcripts for UPrep Students Tuesday, August 14

The partnership between the two institutions is a result of an educational commitment to the underserved community and the educational future of Uprep students that may feel a lack of educational support from community educators.

East Oakland, California -- August 10, 2007 -- With the recent closure of three high schools over the summer in Oakland, Cal State East Bay and LPS-College Park have taken the initiative to assist displaced students from the most recent and controversial school closure of University Preparatory Charter Academy (UPrep).

UPrep students and family members will have the opportunity to have their transcripts reviewed by Cal State East Bay Enrollment Counselors. Marc Strong, an Enrollment Counselor for the Oakland area, will be spearheading the team of evaluators that will be attending.

In addition to the transcript evaluation in order to help students meet the admission requirements for the California State University system (CSU), Leadership Public Schools-College Park will be having an information session regarding their admission requirements for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. Although LPS-College Park does not have a Senior class, entering Seniors will have the opportunity to meet and network with Cal State East Bay Enrollment Counselors to have a better assessment and understanding of the courses still needed to be eligible for CSU admissions. These evaluations should help alleviate any skepticism of a student’s transcript from other high schools they will be transferring to and any universities they may apply to in the near future.

The event will be held at the Eastmont Library Branch inside of the Eastmont Town Center on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 from 6pm-7pm. With the engagement and commitment to the educational well-being of the Bay Area, Cal State East Bay and LPS-College Park will continue to provide support to the community residents of East Oakland.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Holy Names has space

Holy Names High School for girls has space. This is a private school, but some financial aid is still available. Principal Sally Slyngstad writes: Holy Names High School would like to invite the girls that were displaced by the closing of University Preparatory Charter Academy to apply for the Fall 2007- 08 academic year.

Applications may be downloaded from our web site or by calling Sandra Carrillo, Admissions Director, at (510) 450-1110 ext 119.

Financial need will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Registration for school is August 13th so an immediate response is desirable.
If you need help with completing the application, contact Hanna or Kateri.

Monday, August 6, 2007

How do you enroll in a community college?

An entry that needs writing is a how-to for enrolling in community college classes before you have graduated from High School. Students who are entering senior year at Uprep were going to attend Merritt, and many would like to take classes at a Junior College (JC) next year even though Uprep can not take care of the paperwork.
  • Must students who wish to attend JC before graduating have a sponsoring High School?

  • Can students take classes that their High School has already given them credit for?

  • What are the fees and deadlines?

  • Where can students find information about these things?

If you have any knowledge to contribute on these topics, please answer in the comments, or send your text to uprepstaff @ and we'll publish it asap.

High School Options

Over at The Education Report, Katy Murphy publishes a list of schools that students and their families can look into. There is also a link to the letter inviting Uprep families to a school fair on Tuesday night.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Mills Educational Talent Search

Dan Fisher, who taught at Uprep for two years, now works for the Mills Educational Talent Search. He encourages Uprep students to apply for this program.

Mills Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program for low income, first generation college bound students that provides academic advising, college tours, once a month Saturday workshops, referrals, letters of recommendation, access to space and computer labs at Mills, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), scholarships, etc. Students involved in the program this year received the Cal Incentive award, Gates, East Bay College Fund, East Bay consortium, among others.

Mills Educational Talent Search has a few target schools like Skyline, Castlemont, Fremont, Life Academy, but also serves non-target schools including UPrep. Dan writes:
... if you know students who might be interested, please let me know. We serve all grades. In the fall however, I serve mostly seniors helping them with the college application process including working on personal statements, helping to submit the application, etc.

Anyway, please remind them that they need to apply, and that if they need an application or more info they can call me at (510)-430-3346 or email me at