GPA Culture

Senior Class of 2015-01

Welcome to Gompers Preparatory Academy! At GPA, we believe in providing a college preparatory learning environment in which every minute of the school day is focused on preparing our students for entering the college of his/her choice. In a college bound environment, we believe in having high expectations for not only academics, but also for dress and behavior. To achieve such an environment, GPA has a school wide behavior plan built for student success called “The GPA Code of Conduct.” This plan is critical to creating a safe and caring environment and will be the responsibility of all GPA staff members, students and families to follow the policies and procedures set forth.


The mission of Gompers Preparatory Academy, in partnership with University of California, San Diego & our community, is to accelerate academic achievement for ALL students through a college preparatory culture & curriculum.

GPA prides itself on preparing students for college and the professional world and beyond through a combination of rigorous academic curriculum, comprehensive life skills courses, and wide-ranging enrichment opportunities. GPA offers an all-encompassing education engaging all facets of student development.

Philosophy Statement:

It is the responsibility of all staff members to make Gompers Preparatory Academy a safe and caring environment through utilization of a school wide behavior plan that helps assure that teachers can teach and students can learn. All students are required to learn the school expectations listed below and be able to recite them upon request.

3 “B’s” Culture:

Binder (2 inch)
Book (Independent Reading)

GPA Non-Negotiables:

Stay on task
Let others learn
Bring positive attention to yourself

GPA Core Beliefs:

Respect yourself
Respect others

GPA 5 Rules:

1. When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying “Yes ma’am”, or “No sir”. Just nodding your head or saying any other form of yes or no is not acceptable.
2. Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn, and face that person.
3. Compliments – If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, you should congratulate that person.
4. Respect other students’ comments, opinions, and ideas.
5. If you win, do not brag; if you lose, do not show anger.


R – Respect
E – Enthusiasm
A – Achievement
C – Citizenship
H – Hard Work


1. Positive interaction with any adult and able to articulate the school’s mission & core beliefs.
2. Demonstrate responsibility in the learning community by adhering to the GPA Non-Negotiables and 5 Rules.
3. Honor cultural and individual diversity.


1. Demonstrate with confidence that college is part of their future.
2. Participate in a variety of leadership opportunities.
3. Discover an area of interest beyond the core academic classes.


1. Meet or exceed California State Standards in English and Math.
2. Read and write effectively in each subject area.
3. Communicate effectively in academic language to express thoughts and ideas during classroom discourse and presentations.
4. Use technology as a tool for learning.


1. Demonstrate character education through use of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”
2. Recognize the impact personal behavior and character has on our local and global community.
3. Be knowledgeable about United States History and the democratic process.

Hard Work:

1. Develop and implement individual goals and action plans for academic achievement at GPA to access college in the future.
2. Participate in additional academic supports, if needed.
3. Demonstrate study skills and organizational strategies that lead to academic success.

School/Campus Expectations:

GPA faculty and staff hold students to high standards as a college preparatory school. Students will be expected to adhere to academic talk, take responsibility for their school community, and to do their best to achieve academic success. For these reasons, students must honor GPA REACH values, the Non-Negotiable, and school expectations such as:

  • Follow directions
  • Walk in the hallways
  • No profanity
  • Use low noise level
  • No food or drink other than lunchtime
  • No gum chewing on campus
  • Wear uniform with pride at all times
  • Respect GPA property
  • Refrain from gang signs and intimidating behavior
  • Show respect to staff, parents, community members, visitors, and peers at all time.
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Come to school prepared with all your materials.