Growing up in City Heights, Jessica Hernandez took advantage of a unique educational opportunity that is now helping her realize her dream of a university education.
“The City Heights Educational Collaborative has been of great importance to me and my family,” said Hernandez, the class of 2011 valedictorian from Hoover High School who will begin classes as a freshman when San Diego State’s fall semester starts on Monday, Aug. 29.
“It not only allowed me to dream about pursuing a higher education, it also guided me down the path to make that dream a reality.”
Innovative educational initiative
The collaborative is an innovative educational initiative designed to assist inner-city children achieve educational excellence. It partners three San Diego Unified School District schools in City Heights: Hoover High, Monroe Clark Middle and Rosa Parks Elementary, with SDSU’s College of Education, the San Diego Education Association and Price Charities.
The program is modeled after the Compact for Success, a similar partnership between SDSU and the Sweetwater Union High School District that started in 1999.
Hernandez will join 46 other students as part of the first class from Hoover High entering SDSU through the College Avenue Compact — part of the City Heights Educational Collaborative — that guarantees SDSU admission to Hoover High School students who meet certain academic requirements.
Facilitating an educational journey
College Avenue Compact staff guide students through the process of applying to college, unknown territory for many students like Hernandez, who is the first member of her family to attend a university.
“For me, the City Heights Educational Collaborative has been like another family. They facilitated my educational journey through various programs as I was growing up,” added Hernandez, who has been part of the collaborative since elementary school.
At SDSU, she looks forward to “expanding her knowledge” through classes and getting involved in campus activities. She plans to major in health science to pursue her goal of one day becoming a doctor.
High-achieving freshman class
In total, nearly 4,000 first-time freshmen and 2,000 transfer students will start at San Diego State this fall.
This year’s incoming freshmen make up another high-achieving class, with an average high school GPA of 3.63 (same as last year) and an average SAT score of 1110, up 25 points over last year’s average of 1085.
What's new at SDSU
The campus community will return to several new additions and changes at SDSU this semester. To read more, click here.