Lofgren announces federal funds for Downtown College Prep

September 29, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) announced more than $827,000 in federal funds for Downtown College Prep to ensure and expand the promise of graduation for local first-generation college students.

The funds, administered by the United States Department of Education's Charter School Management Organizations Program, will be used by Downtown College Prep to admit nearly 1,400 additional underserved students in San Jose. These students are expected to outperform their peers in local district schools as measured by college readiness, matriculation, and graduation as well as in academic achievement on state assessments.

"I'm pleased to announce significant federal funding to expand enrollment at Downtown College Prep," said Lofgren. "DCP has an established track record of successfully preparing first-generation and low-income students for college, and our community will benefit from more students having access to the education and services they provide."

Downtown College Prep (DCP) was founded in 1999 with a mission to prepare first-generation students for college success. After opening its flagship high school in 2000, DCP has expanded to add two middle schools and a second high school. With this additional funding, DCP seeks to open two additional middle schools and substantially expand its two high schools, nearly doubling total enrollment.

To date, DCP has graduated 12 classes, where 96% of students matriculate to college directly after high school. DCP students graduate college at a rate of 60% - a significant increase compared with the national average of 11% for low-income and first-generation students.

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