At The Foundation for Hispanic Education (TFHE), we serve East San Jose through education. We lift our students at our three outstanding free public charter high schools: Luis Valdes Leadership Academy (LVLA), Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA), and Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA),. Together, our three charter high schools boast:
- 92% graduation rate
- 65% attend four-year colleges/universities
- Over 30% attain the Seal Of Biliteracy
How did we come to be? And what are these three high schools all about? We’re so glad you asked!
TFHE was established in 1981 to fulfill the vision of the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, and to provide quality education and support for all underserved learners, with a focus on -- but not solely for -- Latino students. 40 years later, we are 106 committed staff members, serving over 1,050 students from the community. Our students hail from the neighborhoods of Mayfair, Mt. Pleasant, Sylvandale, Santee, and Alum Rock in East San Jose. TFHE proudly operates three free public charter high schools for grades 9-12 with outstanding graduation rates and college opportunities.
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy
With an emphasis on visual and performing arts, digital media and culturally sustaining pedagogy, LVLA graduates empowered young adults who are poised, confident and articulate leaders. Our focus on the Spanish language, for both native speakers and learners, enables students to use their education, bi-literacy and life experiences to create positive change.
Through leadership, excellence, responsibility, and resilience, our graduates make a positive impact on their own lives, their family, our TFHE community, East San Jose and beyond.
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) is committed to providing a rigorous academic curriculum that instills a lifelong passion for learning and equips students with the skills for social and academic success at four-year colleges, universities, and local community colleges.
Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy
Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA) empowers students to become community leaders and socially conscious educators. RCLA implements a rigorous Teacher Academy that integrates technology, real-world projects, community values, bi-literacy, and an environment that promotes personalized learning where students have access to post-secondary educational opportunities.
RCLA aims to educate students through college prep courses creating academic literacy, critical thinkers, effective communicators and independent problem solvers who are agents of education and social justice with a commitment toward the community around them.
Latino College Preparatory Academy
At LCPA, we created a ten-year educational track that enhances Latino students’ chances of succeeding academically and completing a college degree. Our innovative curriculum, capable faculty and nurturing environment makes LCPA a viable educational option for each and every student, especially English Language Learners.
With our focus on bi-literate educational programs, LCPA fills a unique niche. Our students have the time and focus to reach the academic level of English that is critical for academic achievement, passing standardized tests, and pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities.
LCPA is wholly committed to providing our students with a rigorous curriculum, a strong faculty and an environment made up of high expectations and community – a true middle college experience.
More about TFHE
Since our founding in 1981, The Foundation for Hispanic Education (TFHE) grew from a two-room building in Oakland, California, to an 11-acre campus in East San Jose. Chosen for its proximity, to the third largest Hispanic population in California, the San Jose campus features a three-story, 67,000 square-foot learning facility with 31 classrooms and the Abby Sobrato Center for College Success, a two-story, 21,000 square foot building with 14 classrooms and a Student Den, and a 1.3 acre athletic field.
Committed to its mission to identify, understand, and address the Latino education achievement gap through innovation and collaboration, TFHE continually funds and provides resources to support regional initiatives that are innovating and tackling some of the most pressing educational issues facing underrepresented communities. Over 1,000 TFHE students have gone on to attend two-and four-year academic institutions and become change agents in their local community. Join TFHE and get the education and FUTURE you deserve!
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The Foundation for Hispanic Education envisions a world in which all English Language Learning high school students have the opportunity to learn in an environment that addresses their educational needs, supports cultural awareness, emphasizes their abilities, and provides a path to success. We are committed to identifying, understanding, and addressing the Latino education achievement gap through innovation and collaboration. TFHE continually funds and provides resources to support regional initiatives that are innovating and tackling some of the most pressing educational issues facing underrepresented communities. Enroll tuition-free at one of our three charter high schools today!