DCP Awarded 2017 National “School to Watch” Distinction

At DCP, we’ve made it our mission to change the lives of first-generation students by preparing them for success through college and beyond and creating a community that supports and serves their needs. That is why it is with great pride that we announce that DCP Alum Rock Middle School (DCP ARMS) has been designated a “School to Watch™” (STW™) Model Middle School by the California League of Schools, California Department of Education, and the California Middle Grades Alliance.

School to Watch

DCP ARMS was recognized as a “School to Watch” at the California Middle Grades Alliance annual luncheon in Sacramento on Feb 23, 2017.

DCP ARMS is the first independent charter school in the state to receive this prestigious distinction and the first middle school in San Jose to do so. Our school joins 10 other high-performing middle schools across the state also selected this year for their demonstration of “academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents, and social equity.”

“These are fantastic schools that do such a terrific job of helping students succeed with academics and succeed as they face all the other unique challenges of being in middle school,” said State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson in a press release. “It’s a significant time in a student’s life, and they need special teachers, staff, and administration to help them prepare for success in 21st century careers and college. These schools do all of that and more.”

Now as a STW™ model middle school, DCP ARMS will host visitors from California and around the world who are interested in learning practices that can help close the achievement gap in their own schools.

“Schools to Watch” National Designation at Washington D.C. Conference

DCP ARMS was honored again most recently at the 2017 National “Schools to Watch” Annual Conference, held in Washington D.C. from June 21 – June 24. There, our staff members joined over 80 other STW™ middle schools from across the nation in a discussion of best practices, presentations (two of which were led by DCP ARMS staff!), and an awards dinner.

The DCP ARMS team were all smiles at the 2017 National “Schools to Watch” Annual Conference awards dinner.

While in D.C., DCP ARMS staff also stopped by Capitol Hill to meet and speak with Representative Zoe Lofgren. During the visit, they talked with the Congresswoman about education policies impacting middle school and college success, and even about DCP ARMS’ own national designation.

DCP ARMS staff visiting Representative Zoe Lofgren on the hill.

We would like to thank the DCP ARMS staff members who work incredibly hard day-in and day-out to create an environment in which our students can thrive! Because of you, this accomplishment is possible.

DCP ARHS’s Founding Class Graduates with 100% College Participation Rate!

It is with great pride that we announce that on Thursday, June 8, DCP Alum Rock High School (DCP ARHS) proudly celebrated its first graduating class of 2017. Two-thirds of our graduates were the first to sign the college commitment pledge seven years ago as the founding class of DCP Alum Rock Middle School. Now, every single graduating student will be attending college in the Fall at prestigious schools including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and San Jose State University.

We proudly present to you…DCP ARHS’s first graduating class of 2017!

Many of the members of DCP ARHS’s Class of 2017 will be the first in their families to graduate from high school, let alone attend college. Every one of these graduates has a post-secondary plan and has received from us the academic, emotional, and financial guidance they need to make their transition to their two- or four-year universities a reality. As these students move on to their chosen colleges, DCP will continue to provide coaching and scholarship support.

Students’ families, DCP staff, and even Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco were in attendance!

The success of first-generation students is why we at DCP do the work that we do, and for our organization, this graduation marks the beginning of the journey to college that we have been eagerly waiting to take with our founding class. It is also the moment our graduates join our distinguished community of DCP Alumni who are working to positively contribute to society and impact the world through their courage and leadership.

Many students chose to get creative with their graduation caps!

Congratulations to DCP ARHS’s first graduating class and to the families, mentors, and staff who guided them to this achievement. As President Barack Obama said in an inspiring quote that graced the cover of our graduation ceremony programs:

“And it is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow.”

Class of 2017: the world is yours for the taking, but we hope you’ll always think of DCP as “home”. Once a Lobo, always a Lobo!