Downtown College Prep

1460 The Alameda
San Jose
United States
(408) 271-1730

Downtown College Prep (DCP) reflects the spirit of innovation and competition that drives Silicon Valley. DCP opened in September 2000 with the goal to prepare underachieving students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college to thrive at four-year universities. DCP was the first charter high school and remains the only college-prep school to explicitly target underperforming students.
Ten years later, DCP operates two campuses in San Jose and plans to open a third campus in the Alum Rock community beginning Fall 2011. DCP serves 1000 students and alumni and is a model for first-generation college attainment in Silicon Valley and beyond.
DCP alumni are pursuing their college degrees at schools across California and the United States. DCP's college graduates have earned degrees in mathematics, liberal studies, English, community studies, and engineering.

DCP prepares underachieving students who will be the first in their families to go to college to thrive at four-year universities. DCP has a singular goal for every student: DCP graduates will enroll in and graduate from a four-year college. DCP recognizes that its students need a rigorous curriculum that builds college-ready skills and a school culture that develops their college aspirations. DCP performance outcomes are designed to promote academic resilience and independence among students in order to prepare them for the challenge of college.