UCAP is a school that provides a critical need for middle school students at risk of dropping out. 80% of the schools students live in poverty and 51% reside in households where English is not the primary language. The schools programs allow students to complete three grades in two years allowing the student to head into high school on time.
Everyone that I have had an opportunity to meet at the school has shown an extreme amount of energy and devotion to the students attending UCAP. They really care!
I would recommend that you call to arrange a visit to see this for yourself as well as to see the expansion of the school, which will include a new gymnasium, art studio and science lab.
This school for middle school students at risk of dropping out is so unique. First, it tackles one of the most difficult issues in education head on. Second, it is effective and finally, it is an efficiently run non-profit. Funds are channeled directly into programs that enable these kids to beat the odds!
I first became aware of UCAP years ago. Their mission is to help kids that are in danger of flunking out of school. These children for many different reasons had been held back for one or two grades and thus were highly likely to drop out. At UCAP these kids can make up the lost ground and graduate from high school with their peers. They have an 75% chance of graduating from high school which is far higher than their peers who have not gone to UCAP. This mission appealed to me because the children were being given a second chance just like I had been given a second chance by a kindly man who accepted me into his school when I had been asked to leave my prior school. Everyone deserves a second chance!