Downtown College Prep Alviso
Teacher Job Description
Downtown College Prep, Silicon Valley’s first charter school, will open its second
campus in the community of Alviso located in North San Jose in Fall 2008. DCP is
a nationally recognized charter high school in San Jose which helps previously
low-achieving students become the first in their family to succeed in college.
DCP Alviso will serve one hundred 6th and 7th graders during the first year of
operation, adding an additional 6th grade class each year until the school reaches
capacity as a middle/high school serving grades 6-12. DCP Alviso will provide a
local, college-prep experience for students who have historically been bussed
outside of their community beginning in the 6th grade.
The Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved
DCP’s charter petition in February 2008. DCP Alviso will be the second campus in
a network of schools serving San Jose and Silicon Valley.
DCP has a single, unambiguous mission: to prepare underachieving students who
will be the first in their family to go to college to thrive at four-year universities.
DCP’s educational program is based on the instructional needs of the DCP target
student. Students who meet this target student profile are:
- Underachieving in core academic subjects and whose performance does
not match potential
- From the first generation in the family to graduate from college
DCP has had tremendous success reaching underachieving students and
preparing them to thrive in four-year colleges. DCP has graduated four classes of
students; 80% of graduates are on track to earn their four-year degree.
Additionally, DCP has been an agent of change within public education—spurring
dialogue and action to further close the achievement gap, particularly among
Latino students. DCP continues to recognize the broad need for a College-Bound
vision for underrepresented populations and aspires to i