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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 High 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 2015

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 2015

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

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 High 2015 Grad

Brown University

Samantha Sze

Stewart K-8

Pinole Valley Grad 2015

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 2015

Cal Berkeley

 
 
 
 

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