Luis Valdez Leadership Academy



Principal: Gricelda Gonzalez
Dean of Students: Vince Monroy
Office Manager: Cesar Mireles
Location: LVLA Campus (1855 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122)

In 2014, The Foundation for Hispanic Education opened its second charter high school serving the East San Jose community, Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA). LVLA is a unique college preparatory academy that prepares first-generation students to experience academic and social success at a four-year university or college. The United State Department of Education has called LVLA’s approach “progressive work in ‘rethinking’ school discipline with restorative justice and our safe learning environment”.

LVLA believes that if you hire teachers who care about students and understand the unique needs of our students and families, then there will be extraordinary results in the classroom. Its teachers are passionate, talented, and committed to advancing the school’s mission and vision. The majority of LVLA’s teachers are bilingual in English and Spanish and are also graduates of the prestigious Stanford Teachers Education Program (STEP). LVLA is a partner school of the Stanford University School of Education.

Our Graduates

In LVLA's first graduating class, 93% graduated in four years. A total of 90% are pursuing post-secondary opportunities in four-year universities and two-year colleges:

  • 72% of LVLA’s Class of 2018 was admitted to at least one four-year university.
  • 62% of LVLA’s Class of 2018 was A - G Eligible after four years of instruction.
  • Schools of admission include UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Pennslyvania, San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, and Bryn Mawr College.