“Capitalizing on relationships, real-world experiences, and resilience, El Centro de Estudiantes fosters the passions, strengths, and independence of our youth towards the development of a personalized, robust post-secondary plan.”


  • Accelerated Program

    Program Type

  • 9th-12th

    Grades Served

  • Teacher-Based Learning

    Instructional Model

Program Highlights

Mentorship & Individual Support
El Centro de Estudiantes has a strong focus on providing individual attention to students and pairs each student with a teacher, or advisor, who will mentor them during their entire time at El Centro.

Real World Learning Program
There is a heavy emphasis on real world learning at El Centro de Estudiantes, and students spend a significant amount of time exploring internship opportunities, interviewing and interning with various local organization. Students who are interested in participating in the Real World Learning program must have been enrolled at El Centro de Estudiantes for at least two trimesters.

At the end of each trimester, students are required to present an Exhibition that showcases what they have learned during that semester. The end of trimester exhibitions are a professional event designed to prepare students for presenting their work and learning in the real world.

Extra Curricular Activities

El Centro de Estudiantes offers opportunities for students to participate on the Basketball Team, Chess Team, and the Dance Team.


  • Alternative Education Progress Report
    The Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) is an innovative tool designed to provide a high-level overview of how our alternative programs are performing. The AEPR reflects our core belief that all students deserve to attend great schools and that we must hold ourselves to a standard of equitable educational excellence.
    2016-2017 | 2017-2018 | 2018-2019
  • Operational Walk-through Reports
    Operational Walk-throughs are formal observations during which a review team focuses primarily on the operational aspects of a program for the following domains: Vision for Learning; Family & Community Relationships; School Safety; Positive Environment, High Quality Instruction; Talent Development; and Data.
    2017-2018 | 2018-2019
  • Instructional Walk-through Reports
    Instructional Walk-throughs are formal observations in which a review team focuses primarily on the instructional aspects of a program for the following components: Academic Success Questions with Leadership; Academic Success Questions with Teachers; Academic Success Questions with Students; and Classroom Observations.
    2017-2018 | 2018-2019
  • District-wide Survey
    The District-wide Survey is a tool for capturing feedback from the school community on five key topics related to school improvement—climate, instruction, leadership, professional capacity, and parent/guardian-community ties.  Questions are asked of each group to gather overall feedback about each school.