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"Every student should develop into a literate, motivated and confident individual devoted to serving the community and pursuing academic excellence."
Our School
EPACS at a Glance
  • 460 Students in K-8
  • 160 Students in 9-12
  • 85% Latino
  • 13% African-American
  • 2% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 56% English language learners
  • 93% Qualify for free/reduced-price lunch
Our Mission

To foster a positive learning experience where every student can develop into a literate, motivated and confident individual devoted to serving the community and pursuing academic excellence.
Over a decade ago, a group of parent advocates proposed the idea for a charter school to the Ravenswood City School District. In 1997, we opened our doors after receiving start-up funds from the School Futures Research Foundation, a non-profit education foundation started by John Walton of Wal-Mart. In 2003, we merged with Aspire Public Schools, a non-profit charter management organization that provides underserved students with high-quality college prep education across the state. In 2002 and 2007, with the help of Ravenswood, we renewed our charter to continue to bring quality education to the community.

Today, at over 450 students, we provide a quality education for grades K through 8. In 2006, EPACS families launched a high school, East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy ("EPAPA"), which now serves over 150 students in grades 9-12 and boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduates. Thus, against the backdrop of a 73% high school drop out rate in East Palo Alto, EPACS and EPAPA comprise a K-12 educational community dedicated to preparing all of our students for college sucess.

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