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Puente Information

The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors for future generations.

How does Puente help students?

  • Puente students work with a specialized Puente counselor who provides academic advising, helps prepare them for college admission, introduces them to career opportunities, and stays connected to them throughout high school.
  • Puente students take college preparatory English classes in the 9th and 10th grades that integrate Latino and multicultural literature into the district’s core curriculum.
  • Puente students engage in leadership and cultural activities.
  • Puente students visit a range of colleges and universities.

In 2017-2018, 80% of Puente graduates enrolled in two and four-year colleges, compared to 46% of California public high school graduates statewide.