August 31, 2007

SDSU Establishes New Guaranteed Admission Compact with City Heights Collaborative Schools

“College Avenue Compact” to be announced this Friday at Monroe Clark Middle School

When ninth-graders at Hoover High School start classes next month, they will discover that studying hard and getting good grades will now come with an even greater reward upon graduation.

This week, San Diego State University will announce a new aspect of the City Heights Educational Collaborative schools that will establish the College Avenue Compact, a guaranteed admissions program modeled after SDSU’s Compact for Success with the Sweetwater Union High School District. The College Avenue Compact is SDSU’s first such agreement since it established the Compact for Success.

SDSU President Stephen Weber and the City Heights Educational Collaborative Partnership representatives will make the announcement at 9 a.m. at Monroe Clark Middle School at the annual Collaborative orientation meeting.

“The College Avenue Compact is designed to help students in San Diego State’s City Heights Educational Collaborative better prepare for higher education,” said Weber. “This initiative is just one more expression of SDSU’s continuing commitment to the success of San Diego and its citizens.”

The College Avenue Compact will guarantee admission to SDSU for Hoover High School students who meet specified academic requirements and are continuously enrolled at Hoover from the 9th through 12th grades. The first class of students will be freshmen at Hoover this fall and would be eligible for admittance to SDSU in 2011.

The College Avenue Compact will include a comprehensive parent outreach initiative to families of Hoover students as well as the other City Heights Educational Collaborative schools, Rosa Parks Elementary School and Monroe Clark Middle School. Parent centers, already established at each of the three schools, will help inform parents of the requirements at an earlier stage in their child’s education.

“Over the past ten years, SDSU has worked to enhance the quality of life for the students in the three Collaborative schools,” said Tim Allen, executive director of the City Heights Educational Collaborative. “Thanks to the dedication of the students, parents and teachers, we are now able to take the partnership between these schools and SDSU to the next level.”

To be eligible for guaranteed admission, students must attain a CSU eligible grade point average of 3.0 or above and maintain that GPA through their senior year. Students must also complete all CSU “A-G” requirements and satisfy the entry level math and English placement requirements. Students are also required to take the S.A.T. or the A.C.T. tests.

The City Heights Educational Collaborative, created in 1998, is an innovative partnership among the San Diego Unified School District, Price Charities, the San Diego Education Association and SDSU. Under an agreement with the district, SDSU has the operating authority for the three City Heights Collaborative schools­Rosa Parks Elementary, Monroe Clark Middle School and Hoover High School.

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded in 1897, the university has grown to offer bachelor’s degrees in 81 areas, master’s degrees in 73 areas and doctorates in 16 areas. SDSU’s approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. For more information, visit

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