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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

TFHE was founded in 1981 through the vision of the late Dr. Roberto Cruz who sought to address the achievement gap for Latino students in underserved communities. TFHE originated in Oakland, California and has since then spread to San Jose, California where we have served by providing educational services and by supporting initiatives to empower our community. TFHE currently governs three public charter high schools in East San Jose
Although we currently occupy the former NHU building, TFHE is not the same as NHU. There are however many similarities and our founder, the late, Dr. Roberto Cruz who had the vision for improving the lives of Latino and Hispanic youth through education and initiatives, was the founder for both NHU and TFHE. His legacy will always live within the community and through the students and families.
At TFHE’s high schools, 65% of our graduates go on to attend a four-year university and 85% of students attend a college or university post-graduation
Although TFHE was founded with the mission and goal of becoming the premier provider of English Language Learner instruction in California, we are a charter management organization operating public charter high schools that have an open-door policy for all levels of learners with no restriction based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or country of origin.

As we aim to address the achievement gap for Hispanic and Latino students, we also fundamentally believe that similar inequities exist for other groups of learners. Addressing those achievement gaps is just as important to the Foundation for Hispanic Education, and we, therefore, strive to raise the achievement of any student who walks through our doors.
There is no cost to attend any of our three public charter high schools. TFHE is able to fund its three public charter high schools through local public funds as well as through generous donations from our community, third-party organizations, and the Board of Trustees.