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Off to College & So Can You
July 2015
 

Last month we celebrated the commencement of nearly 1800 students who are now graduates of our schools in West Contra Costa Unified. Just before they graduate, we ask students what’s next for them as part of a senior survey and we received responses from nearly all of them. The class of 2015 finished their K-12 experience at 12 schools including, DeAnza, El Cerrito, Gateway, Gompers, Hercules, Kennedy Middle College, North Campus, Pinole Valley, Richmond, Transition and Vista.

 

What’s next for the overwhelming majority (80%) of the class of 2015 is some kind of post-secondary education including four year and two year colleges, apprenticeships, trade schools, technical schools.  Others are heading for the military or straight off to work.  The chart that follows shows the general categories and numbers what’s next for the class of 2015.
 

Post Secondary Plans Class of 2015

Number

Percent

Apprenticeship/Business/Technical/ Trade

62

4%

California State University

278

16%

Community College

716

41%

Military

52

3%

No Response/ Unknown /No plans

354

20%

Out-of-State 2 or 4 year college

93

5%

Private CA College/ University

24

1%

University of California

178

10%

 
 

Of the students heading off to four-year colleges, 25 are going to ‘highly selective’ schools whose students come from the upper 10% of their high school classes and have SAT scores that average higher than 2000.  What makes these schools so selective is that they admit fewer than 30% of their applicants.  Class of 2015 grads are going to Brown, Bryn Mawr, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Claremont McKenna, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Macalester, Middlebury, New York University, Rice, Spelman, Stanford and Whitman.

 

Another 178 students from the class of 2015 is heading for one of the University of California campuses.  Three of the those schools are also considered to be highly selective colleges including UC Berkeley where 48 of our grads will attend, UC Davis with another 51 and UCLA with 13 more.  WCCUSD grads will attend all ten of the UC campuses.

 

Also from the class of 2015, 278 students are attending 22 of the California State University campuses in the fall of this year.  For the first time in recent years, San Francisco State is the most popular of the CSU campuses with 62 heading across the bay for college.  Cal State East Bay, Sacramento State and San Jose State are the next on the list with 41, 36 and 30 respectively.

 

It’s no surprise that Contra Costa College is choice for the most graduates again this year with 386.  Diablo Valley College is next with 120 and Berkeley City follows with 105 enrollees among our graduates. 

 

While the success of the class of 2015 is impressive, we have a big challenge ahead in ensuring that all our students graduate on time and are prepared for college and career.  Our recently adopted Local Control Accountability Plan summarizes many of the strategies and actions that we’re pursuing to make sure that all students graduate and are prepared for post-secondary education. 

 

One new communication campaign that we’ll be launching in the fall around our annual College Day (October 14) is one in which we show off the accomplishment of the class of 2015 in inspiring our students to believe that they are bound for college as well.  We’re calling it “So Can You” and intend to show pictures of the students who graduated in 2015 with their college sweatshirts along with the schools they attended in WCCUSD.  Below is a sample of some of the class of 2015 that I believe sends a strong message to other students they, too, can go to college.  
 
 

Bruce Harter

Superintendent

 
Kordia ra trail abdule black
Kordia Addy
Ohlone Elem
Hercules Middle
Hercules High Grad 2015
Saint Mary’s College
Ra Trail Armstead
King Elem
DeJean Middle
Kennedy Grad 2015
Chico State
Abdul Black
El Cerrito Grad 2015
Tuskegee University
 Michelle Croda  Mayloni Despanie  Saron
Michelle Croda
Sheldon Elem
Crespi Middle
De Anza High 2015 Grad
Yale University
Mayloni Despanie
Tara Hills Elem
Pinole Middle
Gompers High Grad 2015
Contra Costa College
Saron Gebraslassie
Moved from Ethiopia
DeAnza Grad 2015
Cal State Los Angeles
 Antonio  Milagra  Andrew Johnson
Antonio Gonzalez
Downer Elem
Helms Middle
Richmond Grad 2015
UC Davis
Milagra Hernandez
Grant Elem
Manzanita Middle
Middle College Grad 2015
UC Santa Cruz
Andrew Johnson
Ohlone Elem
Hercules Middle
Hercules High Grad
Cal Poly
 Maria LL  ursula  kevin
Maria Llose
Wilson Elem
DeJean Middle
Kennedy Grad 2015
UCLA
Ursula Lochner-Bravo
Kensington Elem
Portola Middle
El Cerrito 2015 Grad
New York University
Kevin Martinez
Hanna Ranch Elem
Hercules Middle
Hercules High Grad
Cornell University
 Bryan  Luis  jireh
Bryan Moran
Stewart K-8
Pinole Valley Grad 2015
Georgetown University
Luis Perez
Nystrom Elem
DeJean Middle
Kennedy Grad 2015
Cal Berkeley
Jireh Quiom
Lake Elem
Helms Middle
Richmond Grad 2015
Sacramento State
 amante  justin r  eric silva
Amante Reyes-Nepumuceno
Collins Elem
Pinole Middle
North Campus Grad 2015
Contra Costa College
Justin Rodriquez
Ford Elem
Crespi Middle
El Cerrito 2015 Grad
Claremont McKenna College
Eric Silva
Lake Elem
Helms Middle
Richmond Grad 2015
San Jose State
 Amrinder  Daniel solis  samantha
Amrinder Singh
Valley View Elem
Crespi Middle
Middle College Grad 2015
Cal Berkeley
Daniel Solis
Sheldon Elem
Crespi Middle
De Anza 2015 Grad
Brown University
Samantha Sze
Stewart K-8
Pinole Valley Grad
UC San Diego
 liliana  maria z  jun
Liliana Tamayo Alfara
Bayview Elem
Crespi Middle
North Campus Grad 2015
Contra Costa College
Maria Zavala
Grant Elem
Crespi Middle
Middle College Grad 2015
UC Davis
Jun Zhou
Highland Elem
Pinole Middle
Pinole Valley Grad
Cal Berkeley
 
 
 
 

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