Eagles Step Up To The Mic In Honor Of Poetry Month

Snaps all around for GPA’s middle schoolers for stepping up to the microphone in front of their colleagues!! Students gathered around the courtyard as 7th and 8th graders stepped up to the podium, one by one, and courageously opened up to their classmates. A unique flow of words and stories were shared in this intimate gathering in honor of poetry month!

Excellent work, Eaglettes!!


Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Reception 2016


University of California San Diego hosted a reception for students from Gompers Preparatory Academy, Lincoln, Pruess, and Tribal Students who received the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship, on April 29th, 2016. A record breaking 44 GPA scholars were in attendance full of JOY! Chancellor Khosla congratulated and encouraged all the scholars and their families on the hard work they’ve put in to achieve this amazing accomplishment. Special thank you to Chancellor Kholsa for helping our bright and determined Eagles succeed.

We are so proud of all of our Eagles as they prepare to soar off to college! GO EAGLES!!

Rudy Francisco Celebrates Poetry Month at GPA



2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Rudy Francisco, brings his powerful, poetic words to Gompers Preparatory Academy! In honor of National Poetry Month, the poetry slam champion stepped up to the microphone and blessed our ears with his clever rhymes and beautiful stanzas. Middle schoolers and high schoolers both had the chance to witness his flawless performance, followed by the opportunity to converse with Mr. Francisco.

GPA thanks you, Rudy Francisco!


Charter schools tout greater UC access

By Maureen Magee April 19, 2016


Vincent Riveroll, the director of Gompers, rings a bell as part of a procession and ceremony to start the day at the school. — Peggy Peattie

— A report released by the California Charter Schools Association on Tuesday shows that independent charters are increasing access to college among disadvantaged students.

The study shows that charters are making a dent in the University of California acceptance rate gap for under-represented students. Charter schools serving a majority of low-income students have a UC acceptance rate of 21 percent, nearly double the 11 percent acceptance rate at traditional schools with similar demographics, according to the study.

The report says African-American and Latino charter students are almost twice as likely (19 percent) to apply to a UC campus as their counterparts in traditional public schools (11 percent).

“For so long we have seen the achievement gap, but there has also been an admissions gap,” said Jed Wallace, CEO of the charter association.

The report was released at Gompers Preparatory Academy in San Diego, which has seen dramatic gains in student performance in the 11 years since it converted from an underperforming traditional school to a charter.

Gompers has long required that its students pass the sequence of courses (commonly known as A through G) required to apply to a UC or California State University campus. What’s more, submitting a college application is a classroom assignment for all seniors.

“We spend as much time on school culture as we do on curriculum,” said Gompers director Vince Riveroll, who personally announces every student’s college acceptance over the campus loud speaker.

Of Gompers’ 123 seniors, 89 percent have been accepted a four-year university. Some 76 percent of seniors have been accepted to a UC campus, including 44 to UC San Diego.

Gompers serves students in its Chollas Mead neighborhood. But most charters accept students who apply through a lottery. The report dismisses criticism that charter students have an advantage over others because they were savvy enough, or more motivated, to apply to a charter in the first place.

According to the study, charter high schools have a 37 percent completion rate of A through G courses, compared with 24 percent at traditional high schools.

More and more school districts, including those in San Diego and Los Angeles, have recently added the college-prep sequence of classes to high school graduation standards. The class of 2016 will be the first required to meet the new standards in the San Diego Unified School District.

Other research shows that requiring A through G classes to graduate could position more students to attend college.

At San Diego Unified and other districts, students must pass the college-prep classes with a minimum D grade, even though UC and CSU requires at least a C in those courses.

However, more San Diego students are poised to be eligible for college under the stepped-up standards (even as graduation rates are expected to drop). A projected 10 percent increase in the number of students in the class of 2016 are earning a C or better in college-prep courses, compared with the class of 2014 under the old graduation standards, according to a separate study conducted by UC San Diego researchers this year.

The charter report, “A Step Up: How Charter Schools Provide Higher Levels of California Public University Access,” relies on data from the UC system from 2011 to 2013. All told, the average charter sends 7 percent of graduates to a UC, compared with 5 percent at a traditional school.

Researchers linked UC data to 173 charters and 985 traditional high schools. For both types of school, that represents fewer than half of all schools with graduates, the report said.

The findings have prompted the charter school association to issue the following recommendations: strengthen access to A-G for all historically disadvantaged students; improve data collection and availability of post-secondary data to fuel additional research; and showcase efforts to improve college and career readiness.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

GPA Paves the Way for CCSA


The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) has assembled a first-of-its kind dataset combining data from the University of California (UC) system, the Cal State University (CSU) system, and all California public high schools, which demonstrates that charter schools are helping increase access to college for thousands of historically disadvantaged youth in California, including minority, low income and first-generation college-going students.  As a school that ensures 100% of its graduates take the A-G requirements for UC/CSU admission, Gompers Preparatory Academy was selected as the host site for the CCSA press conference where this data was released to the public. GPA is a trailblazer for both charter schools and traditional public schools in its work to prepare students for graduation and college. The Class of 2016 at Gompers Prep has achieved unprecedented success in college admissions, including 76% of seniors being accepted to the University of California, and 89% accepted to a public or private 4-year university.