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Welcome to East Palo Alto
Source: epa.net   

East Palo Alto is a vibrant, ethnically diverse community of predominantly Latino, African-American, and Pacific Islander populations situated in San Mateo County. Located at the heart of Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto is a world apart culturally and economically from its neighbors of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Unemployment is high and residents often commute to low-paying jobs outside of the community, trying to make ends meet.

Despite a lagging economy and scarce social resources, East Palo Alto has made great strides in urban regeneration. Non-profit organizations and volunteers from all over the Bay Area have invested time and resources in the areas of education, job training, post-prison rehabilitation and neighborhood renewal to make the East Palo Alto community a great place to live, study and thrive.

Ravenswood City School District
The Ravenswood City School District serves 4,500 students, grades K through 8 from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park. For high school, students from these communities are bussed to other neighborhoods, and the high school drop out rate is at an alarming 65 percent. Less than 10 percent of graduating students enroll in a four-year college.

Against these challenges, East Palo Alto Charter School has been remarkably successful in bringing quality education to this under-served community. When compared with 256 similar K-8 schools in California, EPACS ranks among the top, with the highest possible similar school ranking of a 10 out of 10. EPACS is also working hard to fund a high school to continue making our students' dreams of going to college come true.

East Palo Alto Charter School's charter was authorized by the Ravenswood City School District and renewed in 2002 and 2007. We work closely with the district to provide our students logistical support for services such as food and transportation, as well as Special Education classes, a comprehensive after school program and counseling services as needed.

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