Our Mission: 100% College Success
Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) is a leading K-8 public charter school dedicated to preparing all students for success in college and beyond.
We equip students with the skills, habits and mindset necessary to achieve success in college and beyond. We believe that a college degree will provide our graduates with the opportunity to earn a family-sustaining income and make a positive impact on their community
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 WalMart. 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.
Our unique program ensures students receive the education and attention they require while exposing them to activities and opportunities they otherwise would not experience. We enhance our students' learning with exposure to technology, diverse cultures, environmental education, community service and character development both inside the classroom and out.
As a member of the Aspire Charter School network, we hold these values:
We continually seek educational partners, community volunteers and parent participation to support our goal that every student will develop into a literate, motivated and confident individual devoted to serving the community and pursuing academic excellence.