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Class breaks down college barriers At-risk kids learn how to get into higher education

Original post made on Jan 1, 2011

Sometimes, the most important step in getting at-risk youths to consider college is simply getting them to believe they can be accepted at a college or university in the first place.

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Posted by Ceceile
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

I kept waiting to read about the AP courses and accelerated academic classes that were being offered. I thought the best way to get into college was to study hard and take challenging course work and to take school seriously. Nowhere are these things mentioned in this program. A college education is not just about getting admitted to Foothill College to extend your high school year. This program should be more about excelling in academics.


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Posted by Mountain View Resident
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

What about the at-risk youth at another Mountain View alternative school, View Side Academy? That school has seen teacher after teacher...administrator after administrator. The school is a dumping ground and the "dirty little secret" of MVLA, Palo Alto, Mountain View Whisman, and Fremont Union districts. The school is tucked safely in an inconspicuous industrial location, hidden away from public scrutiny and accountability. This school year alone there have been gang fights in the classrooms, fire on campus, and a teacher accused of assault! Why isn't anyone writing stories about those kids? Where is their bridge program? Who will help prepare these students for the CAHSEE?